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  • 1730 1730

    Juan Famenias Floris

    FLORIS FOUNDER

    Floris founder Juan Famenias Floris and his wife Elizabeth began selling perfume, combs and shaving products in the elegant quarter of London’s St James. The Floris shop they opened at 89 Jermyn Street remains the heart of the business and is still run by their descendants today.

    1700's LETTERS TO JERMYN STREET
  • 1700's 1700's

    LETTERS TO JERMYN STREET

    A VOYAGE

    A letter from Robert Floris written to his parents at Jermyn Street as he sourced ingredients from abroad, a journey that inspired our Neroli Voyage Eau de Parfum. The practice of taking a written page and giving it a quarter turn before continuing to write across it is known as cross-writing, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries due to the high cost of paper and postage. 

    1820 ROYAL WARRANT
  • 1820 1820

    ROYAL WARRANT

    Smooth Pointed Comb Maker to HM The King George IV

    Floris received their first Royal Warrant as Smooth Pointed Comb Maker to HM The King George IV. Skilfully made combs were a speciality of Floris at this time, along with a collection of toothbrushes and mouthwashes, and greatly valued by the company’s elite clientele. 

    1852 THE GREAT EXHIBITION
  • 1852 1852

    THE GREAT EXHIBITION

    Spanish Mahogany Cabinets

    The year of the world-famous Great Exhibition. The exhibition was held in Hyde Park just a short walk from Jermyn Street and the Spanish Mahogany cabinets and glasswork purchased at the exhibition are still in place at the Floris shop today.

    1863 FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
  • 1863 1863

    FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

    THE LADY WITH THE LAMP

    Florence Nightingale had returned from the Crimean War, and was busy setting up a training school for nurses at St. Thomas’ Hospital in Waterloo. In our Jermyn Street shop we display this treasured letter written by Florence Nightingale in 1863 to “Mr Floris” thanking him for his “beautiful sweet-smelling nosegays”.

    1870's DEAR OLD IVY LODGE
  • 1870's 1870's

    DEAR OLD IVY LODGE

    The Family Home

    Mary Anne Floris married James R.D. Bodenham and in July 1871, the first of their children was born. Shortly after, they settled in the family home ‘dear old Ivy Lodge’ where they would continue to live for a further 50 years. In 1878 James and Mary Anne took over the family business from Mary Anne’s brother, Joseph.

    1934 WINSTON CHURCHILL
  • 1934 1934

    WINSTON CHURCHILL

    RECEIPTS

    A receipted invoice dated December 1934 for fragrances purchased by Winston Churchill including Special No.127 Eau de Toilette and Stephanotis, both of which are still available in the Floris Signature Collection..

    1950's MICHAEL BODENHAM
  • 1950's 1950's

    MICHAEL BODENHAM

    7th GENERATION

    Floris products continued to be made by hand on the shop premises at 89 Jermyn Street; this image shows Michael Bodenham (7th generation descendant) working on his next creation.

    1955 IAN FLEMING
  • 1955 1955

    IAN FLEMING

    NO. 89

    Ian Fleming, writer and creator of James Bond, was a regular customer of Floris and he first featured our products in his novel Moonraker in 1955. Our No.89 Eau de Toilette was created the year before his first novel was published in 1951 and the scent soon became a favourite of the James Bond creator. 

    1959 MARILYN MONROE
  • 1959 1959

    MARILYN MONROE

    Rose Geranium

    During the 1950s Floris increasingly exported orders to the United States where the brand was gaining popularity. A receipt in our collection dated December 1959 shows a purchase of Rose Geranium made for Marilyn Monroe Miller while she stayed at Beverly Hills Hotel, California.

    1989 HRH PRINCESS DIANA
  • 1989 1989

    HRH PRINCESS DIANA

    A Factory In Devon

    To satisfy increasing demand the family established a factory in Devon which was officially opened by HRH Princess Diana in 1989. 

    1989 LUXURY SOAPS
  • 1989 1989

    LUXURY SOAPS

    EARLY SOAP MOULD

    To this day, our soaps are hand wrapped at our premises in Devon. Pictured here is an early soap mould with the floral border decoration which is still used today to emboss our collection of Luxury Soaps.

    2006 BESPOKE SERVICES
  • 2006 2006

    BESPOKE SERVICES

    The Perfumery

    Tucked away at the back of the 89 Jermyn Street shop sits the Floris perfumery, where all the Floris fragrances have been created since 1730. In 2006 Floris opened the doors by launching a Bespoke Fragrance Services, allowing people a unique opportunity to create their own perfume with the guided expertise of the Floris perfumers.

    2013 Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee
  • 2013 2013

    Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee

    ROYAL ARMS

    In honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, Floris launched Royal Arms – Diamond Edition, originally created to celebrate The Queen’s birth in 1926. As the only perfumer to hold a Royal Warrant from the Queen, Floris crafted a limited edition of the fragrance, decanted into six antique crystal dressing-table bottles discovered in 1914.

    2017 89 JERMYN STREET
  • 2017 2017

    89 JERMYN STREET

    A RENOVATION

    Floris undertook the first renovation of the 89 Jermyn Street shop for over 100 years, carefully protecting the grade II listed building.

    2017 THE LEDGER SERIES
  • 2017 2017

    THE LEDGER SERIES

    AND MUSEUM SPACE

    To celebrate the restoration, Floris also unveiled two new projects; first, a newly realised museum space at the back of the shop displaying a collection of Floris archive items, and the second being the Ledger Series, re-releasing eight fragrances from customer ledgers dating back centuries.

    2017 CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
  • 2017 2017

    CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

    Royal Horticultural Society

    2017 also marked the first year of Floris' appearance at both Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Garden Festival. Held by the Royal Horticultural Society, Floris sampled a collection of our most loved floral and herbacious scents.

    2018 EDWARD BODENHAM
  • 2018 2018

    EDWARD BODENHAM

    BRITISH SOCIETY OF PERFUMERS

    In 2018, Edward Bodenham, Perfumery Director and 9th generation family member of Floris became a proud member of the British Society of Perfumers, founded over 50 years ago, by perfumers, to help gain recognition and status in the fragrance industry.

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  • Bottle Design

    Bottle Design

    A selection of Floris bottle and label designs across our history.    ...
  • No. 89 - 1951

    No. 89 - 1951

    An early display of the now signature collection - No. 89.
  • Bottling - 1940's

    Bottling - 1940's

    Bottling stock, from what now is the board room above 89 Jermyn Street....
  • Craftsmanship Archives

    Craftsmanship Archives

    Original scales and apparatus from the archives for weighing natural materials.
  • King George IV Warrant

    King George IV Warrant

    Sitting above 89 Jermyn Street, is the oldest example of its kind.
  • 1960's

    1960's

    A newspaper article from the 1960’s showing the 7th and 8th generation family.
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