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With Seyrig I wanted to explore the way that assertive glamour can be edgy and elegant. The sort of attitude I respond to in the avant garde fashion and films of the those eras: the way the voice of a certain actress both purrs and commands. I wanted to push the aldehydic blast back into the territory where it would be a little shocking again,
I'm sort of in love with my new signature stamp. For some time now I've been wanting to add a short signature or initial to my perfumes to emphasize that they are meticulously hand-made.
We sometimes confuse potency with quality... The fact is that it is easier to make a perfume which "shrieks" than one which is lovely and pleasing.
Actually, I lied. Galbanum isn’t so beautiful. Smelled straight, the essential oil is harsh and unpleasant, like acrid, chopped spinach. But galbanum has a secret identity that reveals itself in floral accords. Smell carefully and behind the spinach you’ll notice something unexpected: lushness, richness, plush velvet, moss, wax, powder.
When I tell people that I have synesthesia, they either give me blank looks or else they get a little excited, imagining a heightened psychedelic state. Synesthesia is commonly defined as "seeing sounds" or "hearing colors." But what does that actually feel like?...
I'm delighted to announce that the classic formula of Au Delà is back in stock! With the latest lot, I took the opportunity to dial up the neroli even more. I don't know if there's anything quite so gorgeous as real neroli, a steam distillation of orange flowers, it's the definition of fresh and floral...a top note to take your breath away. You won't find it in many mainstream perfumes—far too expensive...
The following interview about my work and approach appeared at ÇaFleureBon on the occasion of the release of the print and perfume project, Au Delà - Narcisse des Montagnes.
I visited a friend yesterday who has an extraordinary perfume collection and I was reminded again of the complexity and power of package design. The magical power of a perfume decanted into a tiny vial is substantially diminished compared to the experience of dabbing the extrait of L'Heure Bleu from the actual bottle...
What the artworld needs now is more Jerome! A brief post praising the virtues of Jerome Caja (and Édouard Vuillard).
Film-maker Brian Pera invited me for a guest appearance on his wonderful variety show of a blog, Evelyn Avenue, to talk about the new fragrance and print project. Read the full text here.