Man + motorcycle, for Frédéric Malle Uncut Gem.
We had a conversation about a perfume by Guerlain called Nahema and about the rose accord in it. My theory was that it was made in a certain way, Dominique [Ropion]'s theory was that it was made in the different way. And then we sort of looked at each other like, oh, maybe we just take that rose accord and put a huge part of it in the product. It was the probably the biggest eureka moment in my thirty plus years in perfumery. It was amazing, to completely turn the thing around.
— Frédéric Malle on Portrait of a Lady. Read more in History of the Hero: Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady at Harper's Bazaar.
It hasn’t changed my business so much but what has changed is that we are a bit slower from the moment we finish a fragrance to when we go to market, because there are more procedures involved, but in the end it’s the same,” he says. “They’re not going to kill a golden goose. They don’t want to spoil the quality and the talent.
— Frédéric Malle on being acquired by Estée Lauder. Read more in Luxury perfume pioneer Frédéric Malle on hot China market, wannabe niche fragrances and buying perfume online at South China Morning Post.
The latest linen spray from Frédéric Malle: "Following Dans Mon Lit, the first eau de lit for linens, radiating the refined and voluptuous charm of rose, Frédéric Malle brings us Dans Ton Lit, based around the enchanting, clean, sensual fragrance of orange blossom. For this composition Dominique Ropion set out from an enormous quantity of natural raw material, to which he added petigrain, lemon and bergamot, along with a dose of white musk to reinforce the magnetism of the orange blossom. A few sprays on the sheets and pillows, and Dans Ton Lit leads us delicately into the gentlest dreams or caresses…" £85 for 100 ml at Harvey Nichols. (Meanwhile, you can pick up Bruno Jovanovic's Dans Mon Lit at Nordstrom for $135.)