LONDON — Last week, London finally got its very own Diptyque store — and considering that it’s been 43 years since the Parisian perfume and scented candle specialist was founded, it’s not a moment too soon.

“We have been looking for a site in London for the past six months,” said Laurent Delafon, managing director for Saint-Germain Ltd., the U.K. distributor of Diptyque. “When this one came up, it was perfect for us.”

The 650-square-foot store is on Notting Hill’s Westbourne Grove — home also to Solange Azagury-Partridge, Joseph, Heidi Klein and Emma Hope — in a store that was formally a Japanese antique shop. “I just happened to be passing one afternoon — she was burning a Diptyque candle in there so we got to talking,” said Delafon. “I said we were looking and she mentioned she was selling, so it was an easy decision to make.”

Arranged over two floors, the main retail space has high ceilings with period moldings and is on the ground floor. In addition to housing an office, the basement is also a VIP lounge with raspberry walls and a large sofa upholstered in cinnamon raw linen behind a Thirties vintage Perspex coffee table.

Because of its previous owner, the store didn’t need an entire interior overhaul. “It sold antiques, so it didn’t have a modern look or feel to it, which is perfect for Diptyque,” said Delafon. “It also saved us having to make any drastic changes, which worked in our favor financially and time wise.” Delafon added the store should reach $395,000, or 250,000 pounds, in its first year at retail.

It took just 2 1/2 months for the location to have the Diptyque stamp on it, with the help of interior designer and Delafon’s friend, Henry Chebaane, whose previous projects have included London’s Hempel Hotel and the spa at the Berkeley Hotel.

“We tried to replicate the store on Saint-Germain, but it’s impossible to re-create a wall that’s 43 years old and has decades of scent ingrained,” said Delafon.

Although not exact, the store is easily recognizable as Diptyque. The walls are the same shade of garden green founded by the original Diptyque team, Desmond Knox-Leet, Christiane Gautrot and Yves Coueslant. For further reference, it bears a reproduction print of one of Knox-Leet’s paintings. “He was the nose of Diptyque and died 10 years ago. Having this [reproduction] here and a site in London keeps the spirit live — it’s like going back to our roots,” said Delafon.In the center of the store is a rosewood table sourced from Italy, and scattered elsewhere are several wood polished cabinets dating from the Fifties. Most of the mirrors originate from France, along with the Thirties cocktail bar that now serves as a cashier’s desk. The bottles of liqueur have since been replaced with bottles of eau de toilette, and behind this is what looks like an upholstered wall using tapestry of foliage from the Paris store.

“Although it’s a brand-new store, we didn’t want it to look that way,” said Delafon.

The skin care line, including soaps, shower gels, face cream and body soufflé, is displayed on top of a quaint wooden bedside table. Adjacent to this and at the very top of a tall wooden bookcase stacked full of scented candles including favorites such as Baies, Tubéreuse, Figuier and the popular 53rd scent, essence of John Galliano, is a row of dusty antique glass perfume bottles and flasks. “Eventually, I want to fill each of them with spices,” he said. “But one step at a time.”

Like the other Diptyque stores in Paris, Boston and San Francisco, the London store carries the entire Diptyque collection, but Delafon is also hoping to carry a jewelry line that will be exclusive to London.

There are also plans to open the patio garden at the back of the store and plant a fig tree, and in keeping with the antique mix, there are whispers of a bench made entirely from horseshoes.

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