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    • Jean-Paul Guerlain

      Features
      by Published on 9th November 2011 05:46 AM

      Walking in gilded shoes can be a rich and prized role but can also weigh heavily on the wearer. Three years ago, Basenotes interviewed the then newly appointed perfumer, Thierry Wasser, who was plucked and handpicked from the rich gene pool of perfumers to head up the prestigious House of Guerlain.

      He has had three years to adapt and create fragrances, oversee not only the makeup and skincare fragrance formulations but also maintain the integrity of the company’s valuable investments in raw materials, a role that has been fascinating and challenging.


      What has been of great significance is the role Wasser has played in the cultivation and resurrection of defunct farms and fields in the raw materials sector. Through his travels, he has been able to create or revive precious bespoke materials in underdeveloped countries giving local farmers a new lease on life.

      The job of overseeing not only the creation, but also the launches and successes within the stable of Guerlain products, has made for a very unique role.

      The personal “father/son” relationship with the last surviving Guerlain forefather, Jean-Paul Guerlain, (whose sudden departure in October 2010) left a rich legacy between the two men of trusted reciprocity, invention and creativity.

      We catch up with Wasser to find out how his journey has unfolded over the past three years.
      ...
      Fragrance News
      by Published on 4th November 2011 09:26 AM

      Guerlain perfumer reveals all to award-winning writer Marian Bendeth, in an exclusive interview to be published next week. Wasser talks about his first few years as Guerlain; Sourcing ingredients in sustainable, ecologically correct ways; Shalimar Parfum Initial; his relationship with Jean-Paul Guerlain; Berluti shoes; Bloggers; the future of Guerlain; LVMH; and reformulating due to IFRA regulations.

      Speaking about IFRA, Wasser told Bendeth: ...