One of the nicest things we can enjoy in Spain in March, is the flowering of over a million cherry trees on the valle del Jerte, painting a sea of white flowers of sublime scent that will turn into the fruit of desire: cherries. Impossible to resist the temptation to interpret it, impossible to resist the temptation to wrap it in musk.
I created my first personalised perfume in 1977 for my bride to wear on our wedding day. It was a white powdery floral fragrance based on the iris root. Since then, iris has been one of my obsessions. It is the most unclassifiable, elegant, beautiful, expensive ingredient there is. The root must be dried for three years before its precious essence can be extracted. But it does not last as much as it costs and making it last is almost… impossible!
Inspired by the raw smell of patchouli leaves that I discovered with hippies in the sixties on the island of Ibiza and represented the first olfactory image that defined an attitude: provocation and freedom. Mon patchouly has become sophisticated, enriched with poetic sunsets on the sea watched from the Café del Mar; it is addictive and captivating for its power to convince and seduce everyone around.
My olfactory language is largely based on essences extracted from wood. Of these the most rare and solemn is Indian agarwood —also known as oud, its Arabic name. A unique, powerful and almost magical scent with a great tradition in Arab culture. Given my penchant from the culture of Al-Andalus, I decided I should compose my own interpretation of this unique ingredient with a Western Mediterranean twist using also leather and musk.
My balance. I believe that wood naturally conveys strength, protection, flexibility and prestige. The turn of the century led me to compose a modern olfactory image around these values. I combined accords of dry woods with fine spices to recreate the scent of the new millennium.
An olfactory poem dedicated to the value of love. A Mediterranean composition to celebrate my son Óscar’s wedding. Happiness, intensity, joy, light, glow, affection and lots of excitement. Inspired by the bride’s white rose bouquet, because roses are the flowers of love.
“One of the most exciting moments in this new stage has been to discover a new source of inspiration in art. Mariposa, Alexander Calder’s mobile sculpture and the first in the extraordinary collection that Stanley Marcus brought to his fashion houses, has been my inspiration, grounded in the values of elegance and freedom to celebrate the exclusivity that only art allows.”
“The butterfly is an extraordinary creature that embodies many of the values that motivate me when I look for inspiration to fashion an olfactory tale in the form of a perfume”
Memorable, feminine, resplendent, light and persistent. A harmonious, colorful, and elegant floral nectar accord with a festive tone, dressed in a dew covered green forest, pure and vital, surrounded by a rejuvenating breeze of ozonic air on a majestic and rich bottom accord of a noble amber and silky musk.
My revenge. At the beginning of my training, the first classic accord I had to learn and replicate, without much luck, was the legendary floral tuberose with jasmine and orange blossom. I've now been able to regain that satisfying experience and to interpret the myth, reformulate the accord fragrance with my learned language.
A shadow moves on the ground, comes to life sheltered from the sun and captures the essence of the different olfactory messages that plants give off growing on it with their flowers, fruits, leaves, wood, mosses, resins, roots, to combine like a true alchemist and develop its own perfume.