When Sydney based perfumer Vicki Kim founded TÊTE À TÊTE in the winter of 2013, she wanted to create something bespoke, something poetic, something inspiring! She was frustrated by the predictably dull, commonplace, saccharin sweet home fragrances so common on the market. Experiencing a moment of synesthesia while watching Mrs. Robinson attempt to seduce Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichols' 1967 film The Graduate sparked an idea:
“When I watched the movie, there was a moment where I smelt the scene,” recalls Kim. “I felt a part of it. I felt like I was in the room with those two. It was really voyeuristic, like I was a part of that scene. That really stuck with me.” [Excerpt from an interview with Broadsheet Sydney]
This famous scene became the milieu for TÊTE À TÊTE’s debut scent The Graduate. Since then, Tête-à-Tête has released Satis House, based on a young Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke's waltz through Miss Havisham's ruined ballroom in Alfonso Cuarón's 1998 remake of Great Expectations, and Meishan's Room, an intimate glimpse into the tortured life of the third mistress in Yimou Zhang's 1991 epic Raise the Red Lantern. Tête-à-Tête has attracted broad and widely disseminated press since its launch, with features in Vogue, Frankie and Broadsheet, among others.
TÊTE À TÊTE’s fragrances are considered and imaginatively developed around a concept of time and memory in cinema. TÊTE À TÊTE recalls and explores the instincts and emotions painted by a character, mood and story from a film. The perfume is composed by drawing on the emotional landscape of a pivotal scene in the narrative. Original, evocative and lyrical, take a moment with a TÊTE À TÊTE product to contemplate a memory, a preserved fragment of time.