In Conversation with Fabrice Pellegrin, the Grasse-native Perfumer Behind Penhaligon’s Racquets

The lifetime of Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin is intrinsically related to the artwork of creating fragrances and the spirit of his hometown, Grasse. His father was a perfumer, his grandfather a provider of naturals to make scents and his grandmother a jasmine picker.

“The individuals of Grasse are secretive, they maintain their information preciously hidden, however once they do expose it, they hand it over completely,” Pellegrin stated of his hometown on the French Riviera, extensively identified for its long-established fragrance trade.

Fabrice Pellegrin

Recently, Pellegrin, who labored between Paris and Grasse for the previous 15 years, labored on a contemporary interpretation of Racquets, an outdated favorite from the Penhaligon’s classics library. The perfume, impressed by a chic tennis membership home and British sports activities, has an uplifting sparkling-citrus shine that takes those that put on it and odor it to a playful frame of mind.

In an unique interview with the Penhaligon’s, Fabrice Pellegrin talks about the perfume, working with the British heritage model and his profession as a perfumer.

What was the inspiration behind Racquets? How did it evolve from an thought, into the absolutely shaped perfume?

It all began with transient from Penhaligon’s, particularly to be impressed by British sports activities and a dandy spirit. There was an thought to marry a tennis event, the idea of the tennis rackets themselves, and horse racing. I began by making a leathery fragrance, considering at first about the equestrian world, after which was extra impressed by the Wimbledon event. As I imagined the leather-based of the tennis rackets, I reworked my creation over time.

Fragrance could be very private, however how do you hope that Racquets will make the wearer really feel?

The place to begin of any creation is pleasure. I’d like at the start for customers to really feel pleasure when carrying this perfume. There is a mix of citrus that gives quite a lot of power and a sure dynamism, in addition to a leathery and woody side, representing a typical English dandy: elegant, refined and stuffed with high quality.

Racquets has notes of Lemon Essence, Gaiac Wood, Ambrox and Woodleather – what do every of those components carry to the perfume?

The lemon essence brings freshness, brightness and freshness, with a sure glow and pleasure. The Gaiac wooden delivers a richness and authenticity, with a smoky magnificence.The ambrox provides magnetism and dependancy, sensuality and sillage. The woodleather supplies textured woody, leathery sides, with a novel distinction and power.

Can you give us some perception into the course of of making Racquets? What type of analysis, discovery, dreaming went into creating the perfume?

Thinking about the world of British sports activities, I instantly had the thought of engaged on a really contrasting perfume utilizing contemporary and energising prime notes, that includes two intense and complementary qualities of lemon. The “all-white gown code” of the Wimbledon tennis event additionally impressed me to search for luminosity, brightness and freshness, and develop a really pure, stylish aesthetic for this creation. The base of the perfume delivers all the magnificence and refinement that’s inseparable from British sports activities, offering an indelible olfactive signature.Perfumery runs in your loved ones, when did you resolve you needed to be a perfumer?

My craft is a real household story, set in Grasse. My father was a perfumer, my grandmother harvested flowers, together with roses and jasmine, and my grandfather was a provider of pure components for perfumery. Naturals are my life, as I grew up surrounded by their treasured scents. This is the purpose I’m so enthusiastic about pure components. I skilled very early with grasp perfumers to be taught every part about composition. I’ve at all times needed to do that job: it has at all times been evident. Perfumery is my life.

Penhaligon’s Racquets

Does Racquets remind you of any completely different recollections or experiences in your life?

I don’t affiliate this perfume with a selected time in my life, however the high quality of its citrus jogs my memory of my Mediterranean roots. It is each the odor of my youth and the distinctive magnificence of the perfumers, harvesters and, extra usually, the individuals of Grasse who surrounded me as a toddler.

A gendered label relating to perfumery isn’t as essential anymore, does Racquets hit the unisex field?

I feel you’ll be able to say that Racquets is a genderless perfume. When I imagined and created it, I gave it an infinite magnificence and richness due to the most lovely pure components, with out privileging female or masculine inflections.

What can be the perfect scents to layer with Racquets, for further depth?

Overall, I discover Penhaligon’s fragrances so distinctive that they’re greatest used alone. However, with its duality of luminous freshness and complex depth, I may advocate layering Racquets with Halfeti; it should spotlight the extra radiant notes, whereas reinforcing its sensual amber, woody path.

What does the model Penhaligon’s imply to you?

To me, Penhaligon’s means nice authenticity. It additionally represents a really British identification: British stylish with a style for the most interesting high quality.

Why is perfume an excellent automobile for storytelling?

Fragrances are stuffed with emotion, recalling recollections and emotions. With a novel palette of components, we are able to inform an infinite number of tales. I consider in pure components. In overdose, they ship all their poetry to the fragrance.

Could you give any recommendation or tips about how you must apply a perfume?

There are not any guidelines relating to perfumes. I wish to say that perfume needs to be used with out moderation; apply it in all places you wish to odor good.

The interview with Fabrice Pellegrin was initially carried out by Penhaligon’s, which authorised Prestige Hong Kong to make use of it

This story first appeared on Prestige Online Hong Kong.

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