Louis Marie Aubert du Petit Thouars was a pioneer in French botanical history. During the French revolution, he was exiled to Madagascar, La Reunion and the Mauritius islands where he discovered a vast array of plant specimens. Ten years later and bearing a collection of over 2000 plants, Louis Marie was finally able to return to France where he was elected a member of the prestigious Académie des Sciences.
Original Drawings by Louis Marie Du Petit Thouars
As a young girl, Marie du Petit Thouars grew up in Belgium where her grandfather had a nursery. She spent her time making candles and experimenting with scents in her mother’s green house. With the creation of Maison Louis Marie, she has built upon the rich botanical history of her family with luxury candles, perfumes & skincare that focus on illustrious scents imbued with unique floral fragrances.
Marie Du Petit Thouars / Founder & Creative Director
Marie grew up in Belgium & France and started her career as a fashion editor for the London Sunday Times and worked extensively with global luxury fashion brands. She later moved to Los Angeles to become a fine art fashion photographer. Utilizing her expertise in fashion and design she sought to create a fragrance brand, Maison Louis Marie, with an initial launch of a collection of 6 scents that were inspired by her family’s rich botanical history.
Matthew Berkson / CEO
A native of Los Angeles, he began his career as a producer for corporate branded music programs and events for key corporate clients working with such acts as Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy and many others. He then changed gears and moved into fashion, starting a manufacturing agency that specialized in domestic US manufacturing for the high end contemporary market working with Marc Jacobs, Theory, Helmut Lang & Alexander Wang. In 2016 he joined Maison Louis Marie.
Maison Louis Marie founder, Marie du Petit Thouars, was able to elegantly synthesize her impeccable taste for art aesthetics through her own past and meld it with her unique family history. Like Louis Marie, she yearned for discovery and used the experience one has with her products to transport people with scent. With an affinity for high-end candles, she was conscious of the beneficially harmonic relationship one has with sophisticated clean scents; their ambience, and the feelings provoked. With all of these elements combined, she sought to provide a luxury candle at a far more reasonable cost for her customers.