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Co-founders, Joseph Quartana and Kaya Sorhaindo, launched Six Scents Parfums with Series One in 2008. Each year, the Six Scents Parfums fragrance initiative brings the experience of creativity with a conscience to the world through a collection of six unisex scents. Created by a distinct group of designers and perfumers, these limited edition fragrances are designed to represent a global range of contemporary views on creativity and culture. Through the designers’ concepts and the perfumers’ knowledge of fine fragrance, two artistic disciplines come together to create new perfume compositions and multi-sensory experiences
»We choose the rising stars of the fashion industry who will one day be big enough to have their own fragrance but who are too small to have it just yet. So we steal from the future and offer it now.« - Joseph Quartana (Six Scents Parfums Co-Founder & Collection Curator)
Six Scents: Series Three is an exploration into the nature of childhood memories and the influence of adolescence on identity. It features unisex fragrances from designers Alexis Mabille, Mary Katrantzou, Junn.J, Rad Hourani, N.Hoolywood, and Ohne Titel in collaboration with perfumers from Givaudan. Each keepsake box contains an individually numbered bottle, an exclusive portrait by Robert Knoke and DVD with the Six Scents: Series Three documentary and short films exclusively commissioned from Alia Raza (story edited by Tavi Gevinson and starring Julia Restoin-Roitfeld), Rainer Judd, Olaf Breuning, Sue De Beer, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Heather Sommerfeld, Tim Richardson, Lucas Michael and James Widegren. Each fragrance is offered in a limited quantity of 3.000 bottles and a percentage of proceeds will go towards War Child International, which works with children all over the world to reduce poverty, to provide education and to defend their rights.
Beginning in November 2010 and culminating in February 2011, global launch events for Series Three will be held in key cities including New York, Paris, Seoul, Paris and Beijing. In addition, a special outdoor sculpture and indoor video installation with artists Olaf Breuning, Heather Sommerfeld and Rad Hourani will be held at The Standard hotel, Miami Beach to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. The films will premiere over the next few weeks on the Six Scents website and during Art Basel on The Standard Culture site.
Starting as early as November 8, Six Scents: Series Three will be available at over 220 retailers worldwide including Seven New York, Opening Ceremony (New York), The Standard hotels, Lucky Scent (Los Angeles), Liberty of London, Colette (Paris), 10 Corso Como (Seoul & Milan), Adelaide (Tokyo), Assin (Melbourne, Australia), Club 21 (Singapore) and Joyce (Hong Kong) for USD $149.00 each.
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© by Six Scents / Ingredients Top notes Luminous Hesperides: Sicilian Cedrat, Juicy Mandarin, Calabrese Bergamot and Tart Bigarade Orange from Andalusia Playful herbal and green accents: Provencal Lavender, »Grand Vert« Basil, Garden Mint, Violet Leaf Absolute, Persian Galbanum, Lentisque Resin / Heart notes Lush and layered florals: Egyptian Jasmine, Sambac from India, Magnolia Grandiflora, Rose Attar from Bulgaria, wild Alpine Cyclamen and white Honeysuckle / Bottom notes An elegant Chypre accord: Vetyvert from Reunion, Mossy nuances, Iris Absolute from Florence and the Sheer Woodiness of Kephalis.
No. 1 »Beau Bow« by Alexis Mabille and Rodrigo Flores-Roux
»It was a fantastic experience to be immersed in Alexis’ world. His impeccable taste, his enormous knowledge of the history of art, fashion and design, and a deep love for garden flowers ›that are somewhat vintage or out of fashion‹ provided a lot of fun and inspiration. Alexis wanted his fragrance to be very chic, very bourgeois, quintessentially French. Both of us share a nostalgic memory of the ideal image of France in the 1970’s, elegantly modern, but strangely, still romantic, a bit hazy, like a David Hamilton photograph. I picture Alexis as a kid, with his cat as inseparable sidekick, already thinking about the bow laden dresses of his brilliant future. A sweet boy with a conviction... just like the fragrance structure we chose to develop. We re-imagined the fresh and elegant ›Eau Fraiche‹ structure so popular in France in the 70’s, and gave it a jolt... and a twist... Our result: the crisply fragrant image of a very chic and cultured French teenager who enjoys his quirks and is eager to discover the world, making love to it for the first time and breathing it all in.« – Rodrigo Flores-Roux (Perfumer)
© by Six Scents / Ingredients Top Notes Bitter Orange, Mandarin, Neroli, Pear / Heart Notes Mimosa, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang, Tuberose Absolute, Orris Absolute / Bottom Notes Amyris, Tonka Beans, Ambrette Seeds, Vanilla Absolute
No. 2 »Trompe L’Oeil« by Mary Katrantzou and Shyamala Maisondieu
»The inspiration is a mix between Mary’s memories of her travel experiences, when she was a child, and her unique style. It is feminine and fluid but with a strong character, her designs are colorful and imaginative, and I wanted to create a fragrance which responds to all these characters. I wanted to create a floral note with a distinctive signature. So I chose mimosa as the main theme. It is a classical feminine theme. I modernized it with some fruity, and citrusy facets, to bring colors and life. I added more floral notes in a bouquet to have a voluptuous femininity. For the drydown I added some oriental notes to bring a touch of sensuality«. – Shyamala Maisondieu (Perfumer)
© by Six Scents / Ingredients Top Notes Bergamot Essence, Green Mandarin Essence, Pink Pepper Essence, Nutmeg Essence / Heart Notes Orris, Ambrette Seeds Essence, Cederwood Atlas Essence, Incense Resinoid / Bottom Notes Leather Accord, Sandalwood, Amber, Musks
No. 3 »Can’t Smell Fear« by Juun.J and Natalie Gracia-Cetto
»I tried to capture some of Juun J’s childhood memories: the smell of the skin in a city with concrete and wooden building. I wanted to create a fragrance that provides comfort, that protects you in an urban somewhat hostile universe. I choose a leathery theme, comfortable and reassuring. It creates like an olfactive aura, a comfort zone that protects against the city. I added some woody and floral notes to bring refinement, and some amber and musks to have a subtle sensual touch«. – Natalie Gracia-Cetto (Perfumer)
© by Six Scents / Ingredients Top Notes Pear Juice, Violet Leaf / Heart Notes Ylang Ylang, Rose, Cedarwood, Leather Accord / Bottom Notes Incense, Powdery Musks, Tonka Beans, Benzoin
No. 4 »Ascent« by Rad Hourani and Christophe Raynaud
»I was inspired by Rad’s vision of the cycle of life, going from birth to death, from ashes to ashes, as in David Bowie’s song. Origin of life is expressed by a fresh accord, green and watery, like a drop of sperm. Childhood is evoked by baby powder, it’s a musky and powdery scent. Midlife is expressed by a leathery note, comfortable yet strong like
a leather jacket. Then the end of life is symbolised by incense, not a morbid, but a liturgic odor, evoking the ambiance of the churches. The results is a contrasting fragrance, luminous yet dark, shiny and mate, like Rad’s fashion.« – Christophe Raynaud (Perfumer)
© by Six Scents / Ingredients Top Notes Hiba Tree, Sugi Leaves, Green Cypress / Heart Notes Motor Oil, Salty-Icy Water Accord, Nutmeg, Moroccan Rosemary / Bottom Notes Hinoki Wood, Sandalwood, Fir Balsam
No. 5 »#087« by N.Hoolywood and Stephen Nilsen
»For Daisuke’s fragrance, I wanted to capture a quintessential moment from his life that had made an impression on him – an olfactive snapshot that defines who he is. When we first spoke, he wanted a fragrance to recreate the feeling of arriving in Los Angeles airport from Japan 30 years ago. And as I got to know him, I found that the moment was actually a culmination of memories from his past – a contrasting combination of elements from nature and childhood: the smell of engine oil in his father’s car; getting off at the Kugenuma Beach train station and inhaling the saltiness of the ocean; the mysterious scent of Kurobe dam releasing water on a cloudy, snowy day; and the clean, relaxing feeling of grooming and bathing captured through the scent of the hiba tree, hinoki wood, cypress, nutmeg and rosemary. As we worked together on the fragrance, I also found that woody notes resonated positively with his current state of mind, so I faceted the base notes with sandalwood and fir balsam for an olfactive echo between his past and present.« - Stephen Nilsen (Perfumer)
© by Six Scents / Ingredients Top Notes Cardamom Absolute / Heart Notes Cedarwood Atlas OrpurTM, Touch of Black Plum / Bottom Notes Tonka Beans Venezuela, Castoreum, Civet, Musks: MoxaloneTM Captive, CosmoneTM
No. 6 »M« by Ohne Titel and Yann Vasnier
»M was a collaborative project with Ohne Titel. Meeting Flora and Alexa, you are immediately struck by the level of ease, familiarity and cohesiveness of their conversation together. They build off each other’s ideas, sharing the same open vision. The same pattern translated for their choice of ingredients and the expression of the fragrance, they both gravitated to the same ingredients we smelled and built together. I started Oh My Deer with a core of leather and an animalic feeling. Alexa and Flora spoke about their rebellious side when growing up, night clubs and late outings, the feeling of warm, slightly sweaty skin. I tried to recreate their attention to intricate tailoring, architecture of design, their care of detail, all these very feminine aspects using these strong and signature materials like cardamom, safraleine, and leather.« - Yann Vasnier (Perfumer)
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