Content and Creative
BackgroundPenhaligon’s is a British perfume house founded in 1870 by William Henry Penhaligon. Initially established as a barbershop, Penhaligon’s offered its first fragrance in 1872 and has a rich heritage of serving the most esteemed customers, including the 9th Duke of Marlborough, Queen Alexandra, and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
BriefWith its storied history and quintessential British personality, Penhaligon’s required a new eCommerce experience that could capture the essence of the brand while encouraging increased purchases of its creations.
GoalsRedesign Penhaligon’s site to serve as the main digital showcase and point of sale for the brand’s fragrances. Increase sales, effectively categorize and present collections in a highly discoverable manner, and leverage Penhaligon’s unique tone of voice to engage buyers.
Connecting editorial and product content
Merging key product details with storied editorial content was essential to conveying the brand’s unique personality throughout the purchase journey. Every element was carefully considered and perfected, from the visual and written content to the final checkout process.
Designing the site in a modular fashion ensured the brand had flexibility to edit, adapt, and expand its content and product offerings while still maintaining an exceptional visual presence.
Fragrance ProfilingBORN created a fragrance profiling tool that allows users to narrow down fragrances to find their perfect scent. This created a dynamic level of personalization reflective of the brand’s personal service in offline environments.
While capturing the brand story was pivotal, each fragrance also required incredible detail to tell their own story. A unique design convention identifying the “notes” of each fragrance gave users compelling reasons to purchase.