Frédéric Malle, along with perfumers Pierre Bourdon, Jean-Claude Ellena, Maurice Roucel, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo, talk about the Malle line on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. (Flipo is working on an upcoming Malle fragrance, to launch in 2021). About an hour and a half long.
I’ve never met perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, but from what I’ve seen, heard and read (interviews, his own books) I like him. I enjoy (and own) many of his perfumes and, like Georgia O’Keeffe, Ellena shows that wrinkles do not tarnish sex appeal or good looks. Best of all, Ellena comes across as unpretentious, sensible, fun.
Enter stage left: Mr. Serious (aka Frédéric Malle).
In Frédéric Malle’s video of the making of Rose & Cuir,* Malle talks of Ellena’s “periods” as a perfumer…
Rose & Cuir’s origin story begins in a verdant garden planted more than 70 years ago by Edmond Roudnitska, the perfumer behind such midcentury masterpieces as Diorella and Diorissimo, outside his Côte d’Azur studio. It was there that Roudnitska first smelled the vivid crimson Etoile de Hollande rose that inspired him to create Rose de Rochas for couturier Marcel Rochas in 1949, and there that, in 2018, Roudnitska’s son Michel happened to wave that long-discontinued eau under the discerning nostrils of [Frédéric] Malle and [Jean-Claude] Ellena.
— Read more at Jean-Claude Ellena Is the Picasso of Perfume at Town & Country.