Fragrance of a Rothschild: Baroness Ariane’s life in scent

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild

Markus Jans

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild might not have been born in to the world’s many famous banking dynasty, but ever she has certainly made her mark on it since she married into this great family. She is the president of the French branch of the family’s Edmond de Rothschild bank that is private and asset supervisor and seat of its fundamentals and history brand, overseeing sets from vineyards and grand properties towards the opening of its brand new Four periods in Megève. Lady associated with the manor (the Château that is whopping de on Lake Geneva) she is not. ‘I’ve always struggled to say exactly what I do. “Are you a banker? A housewife and baroness?”’ she ponders, over a video clip call from her workplace in Paris. ‘I dislike bins. Banking is 70 % of my time, the others could be the sleep. I enjoy have an elastic brain.’

Not to point out an nose that is impeccable. Her venture that is latest is solely sensory: perfume. Abelle dormante, or sleeping beauty – a dusty heritage brand that is cherished by one generation, but disparaged by the next in 2018, Ariane decided to buy and revamp the 117-year-old perfume house of Caron, which is what the French call. The Caron store on Rue de la Paix was a destination, known for its Baccarat-crystal fountains flowing with pioneering scents designed for the bold woman that is 20th-century. A bottle of Caron’s Narcisse Noir had been famously cradled in the possession of of Gloria Swanson in

, while N’Aimez Que Moi had been a parting that is favourite from soldiers to their lovers. Ariane and Caron’s ‘nose’, Jean Jacques, are now launching a men’s that are new, Aimez-Moi Comme Je Suis, and refreshing other household classics. ‘A great deal of could work is transformation that is legacy passing the baton,’ she says. ‘I make it work and pass it to my daughters. As it is and think it will continue, it’s not going to work.’


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once we talk, she’s bare-faced and dressed up in a straightforward button-down top (she tells me), and has been going into the office throughout ‘le confinement’ although she is wearing Caron perfume,. Born in El Salvador and raised in Colombia, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire), Ariane Langner was a trader that is young in ny whenever she came across Benjamin, whom delivered a dozen red flowers to her desk early within their courtship. ‘I’d a really life that is different the traditional European one,’ she says of her peripatetic upbringing, during which, she adds, she spent every Saturday on the hunt for perfumes in local markets. ‘My parents gave us no concept of social class. I didn’t have this preconceived idea of what this family was*)Ariane that is Benjamin had four daughters, now involving the many years of 18 and 25. Ariane took a years that are few work to raise them before diving back into the world of business, travelling every other day and stepping into her husband’s shoes as president of the bank. It goes without saying without her army of staff that she wouldn’t have been able to do it. ‘i usually thought to the schools, “If my daughters have actually appropriate grades, don’t call me personally. How Come you need to keep calling?” it is most likely the category We resent many: schools judging mothers that are hard-working. You are struggling, trying to juggle your work to your kids along with your spouse. Their expectation of motherhood isn’t exactly like mine.’


Being a Rothschild may be an encumbrance, nevertheless, as her daughters have discovered. ‘When they certainly were more youthful, many of them asked me personally, “Mum, can we alter our names?” Because in school, it absolutely was hell for them. I really couldn’t say yes. These people were four years of age. We said, “It’s your you’re and name going to have to learn to live with it.” Instead of burdening them with their ancestors and what they did, I just never talked about it. I told them, “You are what you do – and to rebalance the weight of the true title, you have to be very good.”’

Perhaps Caron could be the Trojan that is perfect horse get the girls interested in the family business. ‘How do you connect an 18-year-old to banking? It’s more important they connect with business,’ she says. ‘What’s been interesting is involving my daughters, in a manner that is graspable. It’s genuine issues and genuine figures: a small business money that is losing. It’s great to show to them. How do you make a company that is small?’ She requests their viewpoints and feedback – they need to come up with solutions, which is how her youngest daughter, Olivia, came to design the bottle for the new Aimez-Moi Comme Je Suis fragrance if they don’t like something. The Rothschild girls could be pivotal in rebranding Caron for Gen Z.


Ariane dislikes the expressed word‘banker’, alternatively preferring the word ‘financier’. ‘You have actually people with this family members which were outstanding in music, in research, in wine-making,’ she claims. ‘It’s a pity it’s paid off to banking.’ Now, the Rothschilds can truly add perfume-making to that particular list.

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