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Maiyet for Barneys New York Eau de Parfum

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I fell in love with the new fragrance from Maiyet when we recently travelled to NYC. It was on my shopping hit list. Exclusive to Barneys New York (and unavailable in Canada), it’s the fourth in a series of designer fragrance collaborations. Maiyet x Barneys New York continues Maiyet’s mission, as a fashion house, to establish global partnerships to produce high fashion that is artisanal, using local and sustainable materials. I stalked the entire collection at Barneys one afternoon, while a cheerful and complicit Little Miss Sasstainable cooed from her stroller at the friendly associates. Displayed with my favourite ankle boots for fall, and gorgeous hand-woven scarves, the perfume was prominent throughout womenswear. The Maiyet collection was hanging on the rails around (catch a glimpse of another of my fashion favourites, Stella McCartney, behind that). As Sarah Jessica Parker once told Vanity Fair, ‘If you’re a nice person and you work hard, you get to go shopping at Barneys. It’s the decadent reward.’

Maiyet Collection at Barneys New York

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Kristy Caylor and Paul van Zyl, Maiyet founders, approached Master Perfumer Ralf Schwieger to collaborate on this unique perfume. He’s the nose behind fragrances for fashion houses from Hermès to Yves Saint Laurent. Schwieger created Maiyet’s signature scent with warm, sweet and nutty notes of Namibian myrrh, Indian sandalwood and jasmine, Indonesian patchouli, and Italian Bergamot. The result is a complex, strong, yet subtly sophisticated perfume, which is always my favourite.

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Fairtrade designer fragrance

Of course, Maiyet x Barneys New York supports fair trade and economic empowerment, as the myrrh was harvested in partnership with Mane’s Kustha Project, which promotes the work of producers who create world-class essential oils. I’m officially selecting it as my autumn and winter fragrance, now that we’re finally starting to see Fall’s moody arrival. The whole Maiyet collection is, quite frankly, amazing, from a basketweave knit zip-front cape to those I-definitely-need-them cutout leather zip ankle boots. I so enjoyed seeing the collection, but alas, my budget didn’t stretch far enough to pick up the perfect block print shift dress this time, so instead, I’m sharing it here with all of you. Click the images below to shop all my favourites for fall fashion from Maiyet.

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About the Author

Angela is founder and editor of Sasstainable, an insider voice on sustainable lifestyle and ethical luxury. She serves on the board of directors for Toronto Zooshare Biogas Co-operative. In 2013, she completed her MSc in Environmental Management at the University of London, at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy. Her passion for the environment grew out of her family's rural property in Raglan, Ontario, now a designated Natural Heritage System area in the Ontario Greenbelt. In 2009, she was granted Ryerson University's Top 30 Under 30 Alumni award, because of her work as a motivational speaker, in partnership with Participant Media and Me to We. She inspired over 30,000 high school and university students across North America. She is a published writer, contributing articles to Geez Magazine, Eluxe Magazine and Feelgood Style, among others. She enjoys fashion, cooking, art and yoga. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with her daughter, Charlotte.
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