Scent is key and the most vivid component of a memory, and the first
memories of scent for perfumer Yann Vasnier were neither exotic or
glamorous—green grass, rain, freshly baked bread and butter, and
traces of the ocean’s salt suffused the air in his hometown of Rennes,
on western side of France. These conventional scents were far from the
luxurious, rolling fields of jasmine and tuberose outside of Grasse, the
world capital of perfumery in the south of France since the 1700s.
But, as a child, he grew up amidst a lush, fragrant garden of hybrid roses
that grew in his parent’s yard, and this is how Vasnier fell in love with
the nuance of fragrance, developing his hopes of becoming a
perfumer. He trained at ISIPCA, a prestigious perfumery school in
Versailles and graduated as Valedictorian in 1999. After working as a
perfumer in Paris, he was recipient of the International Young
Perfumer Award in 2001, before joining Givaudan. Now spending his time
between New York and Paris, Vasnier believes inspiration comes from
every direction—art, design, fashion, technology, culture, travel and
the environment. In addition to his work with Givaudan, he has also
crafted fragrances for Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Comme des Garçons
and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.
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