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Beyond the Rainbow

A spectacular phenomenon that appears in the skies when the sun shines during a downpour, the rainbow has always fascinated by its beauty, its elusiveness and above all, its mystery. Literally forming a majestic bridge of light between earth and sky, it has inspired beliefs and religions across the world.

In Greek mythology, the goddess Iris borrowed a rainbow to bring messages to men from the gods. In Nordic legends, the Bifröst (literally meaning “trembling path”) traces a path through the sky towards Ásgard, the kingdom of the gods. In the Kojiki, the “Records of Ancient Matters”, a collection of ancient Japanese myths written in the 8th century, it is from this “floating bridge in the sky” that the couple of gods in love, Izanaki and Izanami, observe the world. In the Hindu religion, the rainbow is symbolized by a staircase of seven colours through which Buddha descends from heaven. From the celestial path to the celestial manna there is only one step, and for the Incas, related to the Sun God, the rainbow is a sign of announced wealth, while in Irish legends it is at its foot that lies the secret treasure of the Lepreuchans, a hiding place by definition that is always moving and therefore inaccessible.

ALL THE COLOURS OF THE WORLS 

As physics progressed, the enigma of the appearance of this photometeor, an optical phenomenon appearing in the sky by reflection or diffraction of sunlight, was solved. The rainbow, a multicoloured arc of a circle, is therefore visible in the direction opposite to the Sun when it shines during a rainfall. Its position therefore depends on those of the viewer and the sun. Over the 20th century, the rainbow lost its mystery and became a more joyful symbol related to fortune and above all happiness. In the course of the struggle for human rights, the rainbow became an allegory of inclusiveness and hope, bringing together the prism of differences. In 1994, the expression “Rainbow Nation” was used by Nelson Mandela and then by Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa after the country’s first democratic election. In 1978, the rainbow flag was created by artist and designer Gilbert Baker, a Vietnam war veteran, as a special commission made by politician Harvey Milk for another gay icon for the San Francisco Pride Parade. The rainbow thus became a symbol of belonging to the gay and lesbian community but also of pride and joy in life, to shine in the light after centuries of invisibility and repression. As the extraordinary Dolly Parton put it so aptly, and with her usual wisdom: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Today, the Officine Universelle Buly introduces this new rainbow colour for three of its combs, great classics from the world’s largest collection of accessories: The Amiable, The Benevolent and Il Piccolo, combs that live up to their names...

“Look for the rainbow, that gracious thing, made up
of tears and light.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

THREE MARVELLOUS COMBS

Available in the new rainbow colour, the three combs of the Officine are handmade in Switzerland by one of the last manufacturers in Europe. Cut from a block of very high-quality acetate, the comb is shaped, sculpted and polished. The teeth and notches are specially arranged so as not to damage the hair. A plant fibre, acetate reveals a unique pattern, specific to each comb. This luxurious object can be kept in our famous velvet case which allows it to be transported in complete safety. According to your wishes, it can be personalized with a name, first name or initials to thus become an ideal gift.

Tinged in deep rainbow colours, cellulose acetate, a luxurious and natural material, is intrinsically endowed with several properties that make it the perfect component for the combs of the Officine.

THE BENEVOLENT


The Benevolent handle comb lives up to its name. Elegant and practical, it is perfect to pamper long, curly or thick hair. Twelve meticulous steps are necessary to craft this beautiful and highly colourful object. This everyday ally proudly displays its design with perfect curves and assertive elegance. Designed for an ideal grip, its handle allows you to tame rebellious hair, while its widely spaced teeth detangle flawlessly. The Benevolent is the guarantee of a hairstyle without the shadow of a knot.

THE AMIABLE

The Amiable is an elegantly sculpted comb in high-quality acetate that delights long, supple hair. It proudly displays its neat design and bright colours. Its rounded handle allows an ideal grip while its faultless teeth facilitate styling. Once in hand, it is impossible to part with this pretty comb, as beautiful to look at as it is pleasant to the touch.

IL PICCOLO


Il Piccolo is a small pocket comb both comfortable and handy. Cut in quality acetate, it is proudly awarded the most beautiful rainbow colours. This comb is an ally of short hair, fringes and moustaches. It is perfect to touch up inconvenient swirls, rebellious fringes or capricious locks, anywhere, anytime. Its small size does not overshadow its merit: Il Piccolo easily slips into a bag or pocket.

“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.”
Lord Byron

Il Piccolo

Regular price 16,67 €
Regular price Sale price 16,67 €
Pocket comb particularly suitable for the fine hair of new-borns and young children
Il Piccolo

Il Piccolo

Multicolore

This tiny comb that can easily be slipped into a pocket, is especially suitable for children and adults whose rebellious locks, fringes or delicate moustaches...

16,67 €

The benevolent

Regular price 41,67 €
Regular price Sale price 41,67 €
Handle comb for long, thick, frizzy and curly hair
The benevolent

The benevolent

Multicolor

This comb whose handle is elegantly sculpted with rounded geometric angles is perfect for long, curly, frizzy and thick hair. It is impossible to live...

41,67 €

The amiable

Regular price 45,83 €
Regular price Sale price 45,83 €
Handle comb for long and supple hair
The amiable

The amiable

Multicolor

This comb whose handle is elegantly sculpted is perfectly suitable for long, supple hair. It is impossible to live without this beautiful comb with unique...

45,83 €

Chères lectrices,

Chers lecteurs,

...Allocution presque shakespearienne, grande coutumière de la première semaine du mois de Janus, dieu romain des commencements et des fins : d’où venons-nous ? Vers quoi tendons-nous ? Avons-nous été en lien avec nos aspirations profondes, ou avons-nous laissé le temps fuir et nous suspendre à tout raisonnement lucide ?

C’EST LE SEMPITERNEL EXAMEN DE CONSCIENCE DU NOUVEL AN, OU LE SEMPITERNEL RITUEL DE PASSAGE DE NOS FAINÉANTISES INCONSCIENTES...

...lesquelles favorisent notre hubris, châtiée par les dieux de la morale personnelle. Quelle temporalité affreuse, juste après les fêtes de fin d’année, au déchargement altier de triglycérides, de transaminases, de conversations familiales joyeusement affligeantes ou à l’affligeante légèreté où l’on s’excuserait presque d’être un candide.

Ce faisant, avez-vous pris le temps de faire le bilan de vos résolutions de l’an précédent, avant d’en méditer de nouvelles ?

Peut-être avez-vous renoncé à votre jeûne intermittent, à votre hydratation du coude, à votre méditation de pleine lune, à la lecture de Joris-Karl Huysman, à l’apprentissage d’une langue étrangère — et pourquoi par le suisse-allemand ? — à votre tri sélectif, à votre réduction d’empreinte carbone, à l’arrêt du tabac, à votre limitation du temps d’écran, à l’amélioration de votre relation aux autres, au développement de votre réseau professionnel, à votre participation aux causes humanitaires, à votre soutien à des artistes indépendants, à l’exploration de nouvelles cultures, à votre découverte de nouvelles technologies, à votre création d’entreprise, à l’écriture de votre premier roman, à votre composition d’une symphonie en la mineur, à votre réalisation de film, à l’invention de la machine à voyager dans le temps, à votre conquête de la planète ou de celle intérieure, à votre fusion avec l’intelligence artificielle, à votre transcendance de la condition humaine, à votre accession à l’immortalité, à votre illumination littéraire, à votre harmonie avec la 5G, à votre bonheur absolu…N’ayez crainte.

Nous ne serons jamais les censeurs ni les juges de l’erreur. Bien au contraire...

CE QU’IL FAUT CÉLÉBRER, C’EST LE COURAGE IRRÉALISTE DU RÊVE QUI SE DRAPE DE RÉALISME...

...des limites infinies parfois trop tôt finies ; des trajectoires tantôt jubilatoires, tantôt très illusoires. N’oublions jamais les étoiles, quand nous voulons fixer la lune. Et n’oublions jamais la Pommade Concrète qui hydrate pieds et mains dans cette épopée intrépide :

CHEMINER HYDRATÉ, PRÉCEPTE DE L'ANNÉE.

En cette pérégrination, faites le beau en vous, et surtout, autour de vous. Un bain parfumé, des sillages discrets de senteurs, un œil irisé et délicatement plissé par le sourire, la flamme d’une bougie à contempler, le rythme d’une partition symphonique, les faveurs communicatives de l’altérité, la volonté du voyage sont les plus essentiels des accessoires à chérir près de soi. Pour ceci, l’Officine demeurera un vaillant phare sur l’estuaire du beau. Même au loin, par-delà les brumes, le cap et le fanal scintillant, elle contribue chaque jour à la beauté et au raffinement à la française. Des petits gestes et de menues pensées qui ont le pouvoir soudain d’embrasser la bonté humaine.  

«  Le véritable voyage de découverte ne consiste pas à chercher de nouveaux paysages, mais à avoir de nouveaux yeux.  » 

Marcel Proust

L’Officine continuera avec le même entrain à vous ouvrir les yeux sur de nouvelles curiosités, et vous fera voir l’emporium de beauté d’une manière différente, par l’incommensurable propension qu’elle possède…
à suspendre le temps.

Et comme le veut la formule consacrée,
bonne année. 


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