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Lauryn Beer reviews Flame & Fortune for ÇaFleureBon


Noir art by Harry Barton, c. 1950s

As some of you may be aware, Flame & Fortune from our S.BAKER Collection is inspired by the genre of pulp fiction. Lauryn Beer, Senior Editor at ÇaFleureBon has published a wonderful creative review in the style of one of pulp fiction’s most enduring sub-genres, the detective novel of the “hardboiled” variety that gave birth to film noir.


Think of the cynical private investigators of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett and shady exchanges among stark shadows where exotic dangerous dames lurk.

“Give me the bottle again,” I said. “And half the money up front. I’ll let you know what I find tomorrow. You got a number?” She shook her head and a blonde curl fell softly over one eye.
“Meet me at Wong Li’s at 4. It’s at the Corner of Geary and Hyde. Don’t be late.” She picked up her purse and smokes and headed out the door but turned back, and I got another long look at those baby blues.

A must-read for anyone interested in an alternative view of what a fragrance can be and a racey little read all in one. Be sure to check it out here.

Private Detective, cover art Harold Macauley, 1942
...She never told me her name. She vanished into the city like all the other ghosts. Most days, I forget all about her. But then I’ll catch some jasmine or orange blossom in Chinatown when it’s spring and I’ll think of the words Sarah Baker Perfumes Flame and Fortune and see those big baby blues looking right through me. I don’t know if she found what she was looking for. I don’t know if she’s dead or alive. And I’ll never forget the way she smelled.

Thank you, Lauryn for this fantastic piece of writing that gets straight to the heart of what Flame & Fortune is all about.


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