BWW Fashion World : Le Jardin Retrouve Revives Yuri Gutsatz Perfume Tradition
Yuri Gutsatz. The man who legendarily perfumed the Paris Opera. In Paris, scentmakers are remembered long after their scents are gone. But the Gutsatz family, in particular Michel Gutsatz, is reviving Yuri's perfume tradition in Le Jardin Retrouve, a 7-scent collection of Yuri's 30 great fragrances. I understand that the intent is to release others later.
Yuri Gutsatz was born in St Petersburg in 1914 but made his way to France in 1933. Working in both Paris and Bombay (which helped him create the legendary Sandalwood Sacre), he was Vice President of the French Perfumers' Society for several years. Perhaps most importantly, he helped create the Osmotheque, France's "library" of perfumes, but he was also a perfume critic, and a strong believer that creative freedom was as necessary for the perfumer as for the writer or actor.