Profile: Clive Christian
Clive Christian is an artist who creates the finest furniture and opulent perfume, and in 2012 he was recognised for his talent and awarded an OBE for his services to luxury goods. As the son of a biochemist and an artist, who could be more qualified to create luxury furniture and perfume with an intimate knowledge of ingredients and design, than Clive Christian?
The brand stands for exceptional quality, infamous British workmanship, and has used its reputation to establish showrooms around the world. The Clive Christian global reputation is an inspiration for businesses in every sector, including James Samson.
About Clive Christian
Born in Dundee and then educated in Cheshire, Clive found his calling after college as a freelance interior designer. At the young age of 27, Clive brought a 19th century manor house in Cheshire, and then proceeded to renovate the entire house with his own bespoke furniture. It was during this project that he designed his Victorian Kitchen, which caught the eye of the public and became immensely popular. As demand increased, he bought factory space to create tailored interior décor for his customers.
In 2001 he released the Clive Christian ‘No 1’ perfume, which grew his fame and fortune as it was crowned the most expensive perfume in the world. Clive Christian’s collection of fragrances is made by Crown Perfumery, which was established in 1872 and is the only perfumery licensed to use the image of Queen Victoria’s crown.
Today, Clive Christian is a well-established English luxury brand, which is growing in popularity and prestige each year.
Clive Christian provides designs for the entire house in both classic and contemporary styles. While some might call them contrasting styles, both are immediately recognisable as the work of Clive Christian and are a bastion for British luxury and an example of outstanding craftsmanship.
A Clive Christian kitchen has been described as something to aspire to, an exclusive kitchen which cannot be purchased off the peg, and is a sign of one’s refined tastes. Whether you choose from the timeless Victorian kitchen, the first Clive created or the recently released architectural, you are sure to find a style which harmonises with yours.
Highlighting just two of the outstanding free-standing creations, firstly, the Classic Emperor Sofa, embodies ancient Grecian and Georgian style with sumptuous materials which have been fashioned with care. The contrasting gold leaf detail and dark grey makes the piece stand out and demand attention.
This Contemporary Ebony Walnut side table has a completely different feel to that of the Classic collection. It is understated, functional,and offers no frills but it is made of the purest wood and will last a lifetime.
Clive Christian also offers every important finishing touch from wallpaper to lighting, including the infamous chandeliers!
Clive Christian’s ‘No 1’ perfume is renowned as the world’s most expensive perfume. It comes with such a big price tag due to Clive Christian having no concern for the expense of the ingredients or materials for the vial; it is all of the highest quality that money can buy. This perfume isn’t created for a budget, but created for the sake of luxury.
As well as ‘No 1’,’ X’ and ‘1872’ are part of the Clive Christian original collection. ‘X’ uses the most intriguing ingredients and incorporates the smells of aphrodisiacs, while ‘1872’ is a traditional Victorian fragrance made from ingredients today considered rare. The Clive Christian private collection consists of ‘C’, ‘V’ and recently released ‘L’. ‘L’ was added to the collection to represent both his and his daughter Victoria’s love for what they do.
The ingredients for Clive Christian’s perfumes are legendary. In his fragrances for men he uses ‘clary sage’, a sacred herb to the Romans, and ‘vetiver’ which is a fabled oil of tranquillity.
Last year Clive Christian released a special edition of his ‘No 1’ perfume, to celebrate the opening of his new Clive Christian perfume boutique in Harrods. The traditional 30ml crystal bottle is covered in twenty four carat gold lattice work, and is adorned with more than 2000 individually set white diamonds. It also features yellow diamond and a rare pink diamond in the lion emblem situated on the front of the bottle. The ‘No 1 Passant Guardant’, as it is called, is not just the crown jewel of perfumery, but an expression of Clive Christian’s dedication to exceed not only his expectations, but to push beyond the conventions of the perfume industry.
After creating the homes which celebrities crave, and creating the world’s most expensive perfume, what will he do next? The future of Clive Christian is clear; to show the world the true meaning of luxury. Describing ‘No 1’ as the perfume of his heart, it is obvious that Clive Christian’s passion for only the best is a lifelong one.
Whether it is pushing his current designs to their most extravagant potential or crafting a new statement of necessary indulgence, Clive Christian is already placed firmly in British innovative history and will no doubt inspire the future of prodigal wares.
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