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LE MALE: Anatomy of a Fragrance

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It’s hard to believe it was 1995 when Jean Paul Gaultier released his first fragrance, Le Male. I’m sure he didn’t realize then that as of today, every 6 seconds a bottle is sold somewhere in the world. Well such is the case and this past Friday in conjunction with the opening of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn museum, JPG was on hand to discuss its significance.

Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk takes a look at JPG’s avant-garde fashion designs and includes 140 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces and costumes created for and worn by Beyonce and Madonna. The selected pieces are stunning and the talking lifelike mannequins, which were specially created for the exhibit, add a layer of specialness to this incredible experience.

From L to R: Francis Kurkdjian, perfumer and creator of Le Male, Jane Larkworthy, moderator and Beauty Director of W Magazine, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

From L to R: Francis Kurkdjian, perfumer and creator of Le Male, Jane Larkworthy, moderator and Beauty Director of W Magazine, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum


To mark this occasion, Beaute Prestige International held an artist talk where the perfumer behind Le Male, Francis Kurkjdian and the exhibit’s curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot discussed how the scent was created and the influence JPG’s fashion had on it. The panel discussion was moderated by W Magazine’s Jane Larkworthy and included a multi-sensory exploration of the scent. The audience was given a booklet that included scented blotters that explained the layers that make up Le Male and the many advertising campaigns that went into creating the now iconic scent were presented. Listening to Kurkdjian explain his thought process in making the scent and smelling it along the way gave me a new appreciation for it. JPG’s surprise cameo made the experience even more special and he even stuck around for an impromptu autograph session afterwards. Attendees rushed the stage at the end of the talk for him to sign their booklets and I’m not ashamed to say, I was one of them.

Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is an incredible experience and will be on hand at the Brooklyn Museum February 23, 2014. It is a must see.

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Good read…

Some years ago I experienced Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique for women and it transformed my opinion of men’s fragrances. I wondered why scents marketed to men couldn’t be as interesting and began my search for those I thought broke away from the classic, woody, leathery, and spicy realm. To be honest, I bought Classique for myself, but hid it from public view. I was a closeted women’s fragrance wearer. I was young and still influenced by the homies. It’s all good though, I’ve grown up and from time to time will wear Tom Ford’s Black Orchid for women…there I said it. I just think its more interesting.

In many respects, I owe what I’m doing here to Classique. So you can imagine how I felt when I came across a recent article by Chandler Burr, the fragrance critic of the New York Times. This line in particular really stood out, “Masculines — the industry term — are generally defined by the vast creativity, beauty, elegance and innovation that have not been put into them. Those qualities are usually reserved for feminines, though men who know scent just wear what’s great and ignore the gender distinctions.”

Continue reading his article here and know my journey to find that beauty, elegance and innovation that mainstream scents lack continues.

The Dynamic Duo of Mulberry St.

Meet Shane & Shawn

I was recently invited to attend a “Gentlemen’s Night” at the Mulberry street store for the dynamic shoe designing duo Shane & Shawn. It was a great event, the drinks were flowing and they even had a pool table in the store. I managed to get in a word with the very down to earth twosome and we chatted for a bit about “guy” stuff but I managed to get some fragrance questions in there.

After downing a few drinks, I went into the restroom, which was nicely laid out for a retail store and noticed a bottle of Marc Jacobs Ivy. Is it to be used for air freshener or to freshen up?

The Marc Jacobs is to freshen up! It’s a pine smelling cologne, so, it’s good for work/day. Also, the bottle matches the decor, and adds to the atmosphere.

Any plans to develop your own fragrance?

Not in the next year, but, when the time is right, and with the right partner, we are definitely looking to get into it. It is a part of our business plan. It will be a very sexy scent that transitions from the office to play, just like our shoes.

What fragrance are you currently wearing? Why?

Dolce&Gabbana. I am on the road a lot and this is the fragrance I have that lasts the longest..Very potent and manly.

Do you have a “go-to” fragrance? If so, what is it?

Yes! Jean Paul Gaultier.

How often to you purchase a new one?

I have a lot, so, only when I need a refill, or my girlfriend likes something, and I’ll jump on it. As long as she has another reason to cling to me, I am good!

When you’re on the hunt, what do you look for?

I like smooth/soft/sexy scents…Like the old school Obsession.

How would you finish this statement, “my most memorable fragrant moment would be..?

Obsession! I became a a MAN in high school when I began to wear this. Really, It was my first time ever having a women complement me in a way where it broke the ice…’you smell soooo good Shawn’.
After that, it was easy to meet girls.

Its so nice when the ice is broken for you…

The Vault – Harlem, NYC

M. Tony Peralta

You every notice how artists always seem to do everything artfully? That’s M. Tony Peralta aka Big Tone. A graphic artist/photographer/temperamental creator, I met this fly cat in the late 90’s and have had my eye on him ever since. I’ve watched his artistic expression grow in so many ways and I’m proud to consider him a friend. Check out the April issue of Giant magazine where they feature Mr. Peralta in the Flash section where he’s wearing his “Freedom” tee. I ran into Mr. Peralta at a Sound of Art event in Harlem at The Vault on Saturday to celebrate the artist Joe Buck (He’s the guy in the background with the funny look on his face…sorry Joe, I don’t have Photoshop skills) and decided to see how the art of fragrance has made an impression on his life.

What’s your earliest recollection of fragrance? Which names come to
mind?

My earliest recollection of fragrances are not good ones. I remember getting headaches from my mother’s perfumes and the image of Brut and Old Spice come to mind as well. To redeem myself from mentioning those cheap fragrances, I have to fast forward a little to the early 80’s and 90’s. I remember my older brother and Drakkar. That’s definitely a bottle that sticks out in my head.
I was just a kid back then, so I wasn’t really into fragrances. I also remember my older friends rocking Cool Water and the green polo bottle cologne.

As a teenager, I was into oils. Egyptian Musk to be exact. Besides the affordable prices of the oils. I really liked how Egyptian musk smelt, especially on a woman. It’s really soft. I’m pretty sensitive to smells, so I like my fragrances to be smooth.

During college is when I really got into colognes. If I remember correctly, I think the first bottle I bought was Jean-Paul Gaultier “Le Male.” Beside the cool packaging I really liked the fragrance. It was a bit strong but I dealt with it. I think it helped me get some attention from the ladies. After that I switched to Versace Green or Blue jeans and rode it for a few years.

What are you wearing these days? What is it about that one that makes
it special?

These days I wear a variety of colognes. My favorite fragrance is L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake. That’s the one I wear on the regular. I also own Attitude by Giorgio Armani, Versace’s Eau Fraiche. Other fragrances I love are Rush by Gucci and Emporio He by Giorgio Armani.

How often do you buy a new fragrance? When you’re on the hunt, what do you look for?

The last bottle I bought was Attitude by Giorgio Armani and that was about 8 months ago. I don’t
Shop that frequent for fragrances. I think men should have there staple scent. I think mine is
Issey Miyake but I’m not a afraid to try new ones. As longs as they’re not strong and over powering. I honestly get headaches from strong fragrances.

How would you finish this statement, “my most memorable fragrant
moment would be …?

You know what is my most memorable fragrant moment, it’s this baby cologne that my mom used on my younger sister after she bathed her. It’s a baby cologne that is used frequently by Dominicans. It makes the baby smell so fresh after they’re bathed. I remember my younger sister
wearing it as well as my nephews. It’s like the smell of innocence. Its called Para Mi Bebe

Creative, temperamental, stylish and sensitive…that’s Mr. Peralta