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Perfumer Richard Herpin

“Creating a perfume is like sketching a scene in real life. First you capture a certain emotional moment; then you add some colors and work out the details.”
Richard Herpin grew up in Cannes, in the south of France near the heart of the perfume industry, surrounded by the beautiful antiques in his father's shop and in his home. He remembers telling him as a child, “Watch out, Richard! That is an important antique!” In this way, he came to respect and appreciate beautiful things, developing a deep-rooted aesthetic sense.

He often gets homesick for the smells he remembers from his father's studio, especially those of the precious wood that was heated, carved, inlaid and varnished. It was inspiring to watch his father sculpt; he would start with a simple piece of wood and transform it into a work of art as Richard watched. Sharing in his father's creativity led Richard to begin his quest to discover his own creative work.

Master perfumer Pierre Bourdon was part of the family circle. The two men began sharing smelling sessions together; soon Richard developed a deep interest in perfumery. Pierre became his mentor – and the person he credits with teaching him an important lesson: “Get straight to the essence of a fragrance and leave out superfluous details. Creating a perfume is like sketching a scene in real life. First you capture a certain emotional moment; then you add some colors and work out the details. But sometimes your first sketch is more powerful than anything you can add to it.”

Perfumer Richard Herpin

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