Maison Guerlain is a family business that has become a veritable luxury empire. Also, until now each of the brand’s perfumers bore the name of the Guerlain family. Only the brand’s current nose escapes this rule. His name is Thierry Wasser and is considered to be a kind of spiritual son for the Guerlain family. He owes his salvation to his talent and did not obtain it by blood. Thus, it appears to be the worthy successor to an extraordinary success story.
The beginnings of Thierry Wasser’s career
Thierry Wasser was born in July 1961 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He developed a strong sense of smell from a young age and immediately became fascinated by the subject. When he was little he collected the herbs which he then dried. Then, truly passionate about nature, he turned to botany studies and graduated at the age of 20. At the end of olfactory tests and after having followed a training course in Paris, he joined the company Givaudan, in 1981. Then, eager to evolve in the profession, he left France to settle in the United States. In 1993, he joined the Firmenich group in New York and transferred to it in 2002 in Paris. Then came the time for the consecration. Guerlain called on him in 2007 to work on two fragrances: Iris Ganache and Quand Vient la Pluie.
Thierry Wasser at Guerlain
Thierry Wasser is a rare and singular designer. He draws his creativity through his sensitive, refined, elegant and charming personality. This bon vivant nevertheless likes to work with traditional materials and wants to be authentic. Endowed with astonishing olfactory faculties, it represents the fifth generation of perfumers from the Guerlain house. He works like a craftsman and has thus been entrusted with the very secret book of Guerlain formulas, passed down from generation to generation in the family. He is thus aware of an olfactory heritage that is unique in the world, concealing many mysteries. Its objective is then to pass on a precious heritage to us while delivering it to us in a modernized manner. Thus, he is responsible for continuing the work of his illustrious predecessors while adding his personal touch. Up to
Thierry Wasser is a talented perfumer, a bit of a troublemaker, who has a perfect mastery of the art of perfumery associated with natural creativity. He explains, moreover, that a “perfume born of an incidence, comes from an anecdote. It’s not something you premeditate, he says. Nevertheless, he readily admits that his success is also the fruit of the many encounters that have marked his existence. For him, “if the initial idea, the spark, comes from a single person, we are better together in the way of communicating it.
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