On Rue de Saintonge in Paris’ 3rd Arrondissement, an evergreen painted façade marks the spot of one of Buly 1803‘s boutiques. With an apothecary concept, the brand is an intoxicating blend of aromas, calligraphy, and découpage. Founded in 1803 by Jean-Vincent Bully there’s nothing trendy about the shop nor its wares. Like the Parisians, its approach to beauty is rooted in tradition. Made famous for his “Vinagre de Bully” cream, the brand’s founder was an icon within 19th-century society, and even inspired a character in Balzac’s Scenes de la Vie Parisienne.
After taking a century break, the brand was revived by the creative duo Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami. Ramdane, the company’s Art Director is known for revamping several brands, not just Buly 1803, including the French heritage candle brand Cire Trudon where he brought in the concept of glass bell covered candles. Today, at L’Officine Universelle Buly 1803 he designs its display counters for its global stores, including the multi-purpose boutique located in Le Haut Marais. Besides a perfumerie, the store is also a café, flower, and pastry shop. Whether it’s the Eau Triple (a series of water-based perfumes that come in a lacquered bottle and a hand-calligraphed package), their array of scented stones, or simply to have a café au lait on the way to other boutiques, L’Officine Universelle Buly 1803 is a must-stop shop for any trip to Paris.