TOKYO by GALLIVANT –
A new Eau de Parfum by Gallivant, created with perfumer Nicolas Bonneville
Zingy, spicy, woody – a playful tribute to kōdō – the Japanese Way of Fragrance
Nick's personal story:
“I love travelling to Tokyo. I’ve been going there for over twenty years and I’m continually fascinated by the place, the people, the food, the style, the language – the finesse and attention to detail. What I am trying to evoke with this fragrance is that very special feeling of early morning in the city. The air is humid and misty. Wandering the quiet back streets, electric cables overhead, everything is tranquil and surprisingly quiet – like being in a village with small wooden houses.”
“I also wanted to capture the tastes of izakaya eateries - fruits, spices, wasabi - sour and sweet - a zing on your tongue. The earthy dampness of potted plants outside shrines and wooden temples. It’s refined, spiritual – the kōdō ceremony - sandalwood and smoky incense. A calm elegance amid the big city neon energy.”
The perfume notes:
• A citrusy, spicy head of yuzu, bergamot, black pepper and cardamom, electrified with a dash of wasabi
• A woody heart of hinoki, cedarwood, orris root, nutmeg, rose and incense
• A base of amber, sandalwood, patchouli and vetiver
30 ml. EdP, 1 m. spray sample
Family: Spicy, woody, incense
The perfumer – Nicolas Bonneville
To create the Tokyo fragrance, founder Nick Steward worked with Paris-based Nicolas Bonneville, of Fragrance Resources-IFF in France. They bonded over a shared love of travel as well as Japanese food and culture.
Nicolas is always keen to work with natural materials – and organizes hisown travels to see raw material harvests around the world. He’s created fragrances for Acqua di Parma, L’Atelier Givenchy and cult Parisian house Astier de Villatte.
Nicolas was the pupil of master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, and also trained under Françoise Caron. “He’s a rising star,” say Nick “and I’m always keen to showcase talented people doing the work.”