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.
November 2016 / Cafleurebon writes about Le Jardin Retrouvé and all our fragrances
New Fragrance Reviews: Le Jardin Retrouvé (Yuri Gutsatz) Sandalwood Sacré, Tubéreuse Trianon, Cuir de Russie & Citron Boboli + Le Nécessaire Draw
"Le Jardin Retrouvé, (roughly translated the garden refound) the first maison de niche was founded in 1975 (a year before Jean Laporte’s L’Artisan Parfumeur) by Yuri Gutsatz and has a storied past steeped in fragrance history. I was amazed to learn that in 1952, M. Maurice Lehmann, former director of the Opera de Paris, asked M. Gursatz to perfume the opera house for a sequence of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes (and I thought ambient scenting was recent). Multicultural and a great scholar, Yuri Gutsatz was Vice President of the Société Française des Parfumeurs (French Perfumers’ Society), and like his predecessor, Edmond Roudnitska, he advocated the autonomy of the perfume as creator. Yuri Gutsatz worked with Jean Kerléo and other perfumers of that time to lay the foundation of the Osmothèque,(now headed by Madame Patricia de Nicolai) the library of perfumes that was established in 1990."
Interview with Michel Gutsatz for Fragrantica, Part 2 : Le Jardin Retrouvé, the New Beginning.
We continue the interview with Michel Gutsatz upon the relaunch of what many consider to be the very first niche perfume brand, Le Jardin Retrouvé, founded by his father, Yuri Gutsatz.
"We also have the Le Jardin Retrouvé lab/showroom in Paris where we will welcome PR events and our friends the perfume bloggers when they are in Paris. It is a modern reconstruction of my parents’ apartment with memorabilia from their life – with my father’s lab reconstructed. This is where Maxence works. You are welcome to come visit us there! Customers and Fragrantica readers will be welcome there too, by appointment."
Happy Anniversary to Yuri & Arlette!
We are proud to celebrate your wedding date with the opening of lejardinretrouve.com in your honour.
Fragrantica tells us about Le Jardin Retrouvé, from the first step until this day.
"Le Jardin Retrouvé was the very first niche independent perfume House... His vision was quite simple but revolutionary at the time.He wanted perfumery creation to take center stage again - using the very best ingredients in the very finest tradition of French fine Perfumery."
Profice, Tomoo Inaba's Perfume Blog, about Le Jardin Retrouvé samples.
This article is for all perfume lovers, for all perfume passioned, Profice Blog edits about our samples : Rose Trocadéro, Verveine d'Été, Citron Boboli, Tubéreuse Trianon, Sandalwood Sacré, Cuir de Russie, Eau des Délices.
"The roots of Le Jardin Retrouvé niche perfumery / Le Jardin Retrouvé"
The Past and the Present day through the Australian Blogger, Rob D. Blandford
" Michel Gutsatz is a man on a mission. He is re-launching his father's perfume brand, Le Jardin Retrouve, and it's not just any brand. It happens to be the world's first ever niche fragrance brand and is therefore pretty significant to anyone who is interested in the world of niche perfume and french perfume history. "
Rob D. Blandford
When Yuri first tought about creating a Perfume House. Later it became l'Osmothèque.
" This idea wasn't born easily, already in 1977, Yuri Gutsatz was sharing the idea of a Perfumery House. But it's only the April 26th 1990 that l'Osmothèque hatched and was presented to the SFP perfumers, manage in this time by the perfumer Maurice Maurin. [...] According to Jean Kerléo, l'Osmothèque mission is to ensure and save all perfumes like a real living memory, available to the public. Its represent a real vintage perfumes heritage, for those disappeared today and for the threatened existing ones."
The Yuri Gutsatz' vision in Le Monde
For Patrick Saint-Yves, President of the French Perfumers Society (SFP), "this is like deny the creative act, like ignore an intellectual creation process, which may last from several months to a number of years. In France, regret the user, professional noses haven't an official status. This is the wireless security part of our heritage."
'Perfumer, your name is no one' like Yuri Gutsatz wrote 20 years ago.
Article in Frangrance about the history of Le Jardin Retrouvé : "Fragrance Bouquet presents Le Jardin Retrouvé (part1)".
" In 1975, disillusioned with the state of perfumery, Gutstatz founded his own company, Le Jardin Retrouve. Essentially, Gutsatz built a small perfume brand based on ideals, love and dedication to perfumery and in interest of following his own instinct instead of briefs motivated by money, at a time when the public had yet no notion of "niche" [...] Justifiably, his son David Gutsatz considers his father as the 'founder' of what we now perceive as niche perfumery."