Exactly two years ago, I was asked by someone to describe each perfumer I had worked with. Have my views changed in two years? Not really.
ソフィア・グロスマン／Sophia Grojsman – There are so many things that I want to say about her. The article on Sophia in the popular perfume blog Bois de Jasmin describes the perfumer very well. In short, Sophia is a very warm person, a dynamo, and an absolute genius!
アルベルト・モリヤス／Alberto Morillas – Had I only known his creations on the market, I wouldn’t have asked him to create scents for me. I was simply drawn into his personal creations and ideas that didn’t end up on the market. What makes him unique is having a very strong style of his own and being versatile at the same time. He is wild at heart, fun to be with, workerholic, and he really loves women. I think we have a perfect recipe to be a great perfumer here.
クリストフ・ロダミエル／Christophe Laudamiel – 4 years ago (so, it’s 6 years ago.), when I first heard about a young talented perfumer with “a red Mohican,” I knew he was meant for my projects. There is a charismatic woman like Sophia in the industry, but most others look too conservative and uptight. After all it’s a luxury business, and I want to see more colorful guys like Christophe in the industry. However, that’s not the most important thing about him. The most striking thing about Christophe is his extremely innovative ideas – he is a scientist and an artist at the same time.
アニック・メナルド／Annick Menardo – As Luca Turin believes, this is another genius. She is extremely intelligent, but a bit difficult. I am madly in love with her creations, especially the one that didn’t end up on the maket called “MADONNE.” I don’t understand why no one has taken it.
ティエリー・ワッサー／Thierry Wasser – An international man of mystery… a great guy with so much talent, but so elusive to the point it’s too difficult to describe him. He is handsome and stylish, but that has nothing to do with his talent. I worked with Thierry most frequently since he understood my ideas very quickly. He is a very artistic person himself in a way classical musicians are. His powerful perfumery balanced very well with the style of my art.
ロク・ドング／Loc Dong – Loc is another ‘different kind’ among the young perfumers today. He is ambitious [good], doesn’t think he is an artist [interesting], Asian [Yes!], and might be a genius [we'll see]. Loc still doesn’t have many solo creation under his belt, but his unique style is getting a lot of attention in the industry. I would say he will be the first Asian perfumer to be as prominent as Cavallier and Morillas in the future.
I was also asked to assign each perfumer a single perfume note that I felt best represented their personalities. I thought it was kind of a boring question and decided to give each perfumer a theme or a mission.
ソフィア・グロスマン／Sophia Grosjman: Essence of women, or Mother
アルベルト・モリヤス／Alberto Morillas: Scent for an elegant and wealthy European woman who spends time in New York City during the weekends
クリストフ・ロダミエル／Christophe Laudamiel: A Night at the Opera
アニック・メナルド／Annick Menardo: The Virgin
ティエリー・ワッサー／Thierry Wasser: He would be perfect to revamp a brand like Guerlain. (I first said this more than five years ago.)
ロク・ドング／Loc Dong: n/a (I didn’t assign him a theme since I was working on a project with him at that time.)
(By the way, LVMH/Guerlain will announce their new perfumer early next month.)