The best of them form the foundations on which lives are changed, new wonders are forged, and bold dreams can be woven. Such is the story of CHRISTIAN BERLIN®, a man whose wandering footsteps, yearning heart, and tireless searching yielded secrets that redefined the realm of beauty.
Nobody knows for sure the day - or even the year - that Christian pulled on his boots, set his hat upon his head, and waved his hometown goodbye. What we do know, however, is that by the first days of the twentieth century, he’d already traversed Europe from the frosted north to the sun-baked south, and from the cobbled streets of London in the west to the palaces of St. Petersburg in the east. By the time he crossed the Bosphorus and strode through the gateways of Asia, high society was alight with intrigue and fascination, with questions fluttering on everyone’s lips. Who was CHRISTIAN BERLIN®, and what did he seek?
A year before he began his wanderings towards the ever-expanding horizon, a woman passed through town. A beauty most rare, a vision of utter perfection, a radiant figure of such purity and beguiling charm, she bedazzled the young man and imprinted upon his heart. Their meeting was brief, but she left him with two things that would transform all he was, all he had been, and all he would become: a sense of unwavering purpose in life, and a name. Iris.
Christian held his memories of Iris close to his heart with every step he took, every border he passed through, every river he bridged and ocean he crossed. Her beauty became crystallised within his mind, and his life became dedicated to promoting, preserving, and celebrating the preciousness of natural beauty. Through her, and through the serendipity of their meeting, we can begin to understand the singular quest of CHRISTIAN BERLIN®: to immerse himself in every culture and uncover their secrets of beauty, youth, and the inner glow that Iris embodied. His findings, meditations, and discoveries were left in a book, written by his own hand in emerald ink. The book was titled The Essence of Life. Today, we have given ourselves a mission of our own, and one worthy of his efforts, his commitment to beauty, and the knowledge he unearthed: Our Mission? To share this knowledge with the world.