Chris Collins, former spokesperson and face of Ralph Lauren launches his signature men’s fragrance collection at the Men’s Store of Bergdorf Goodman. e collection is the rst men’s perfume ever created and consists of three signature scents, Harlem Nights, Renaissance Man and Danse Sauvage. Each scent was inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and the vibrancy of Harlem’s current rebirth of fashion, music, food and art.
Chris’ obsession with fragrance started during his childhood when his father wore the iconic Geo rey Beene’s Grey Flannel. e packaging and the scent left Chris captivated and this experience sent him down a life long path of scent discovery. A meeting with perfumer Kilian Hennessy inspired Chris
to create his own fragrances that he could share with the world. He lived in the South of France, Mougins and Grasse, to learn the art of perfumery and if asked, Chris would tell you, ‘I am not a perfumer. I am merely the designer of my fragrances. I am the author of stories that I get to express through scent. e perfumers themselves are artistic marvels. ey’re like painter. ‘Like Basquiat, Pollock or Picasso, the perfumers are painters of olfactive masterpieces’.
‘Alchemy of Fragrance’ speaks to the divine process of fragrance creation. Individual notes and ingredients, which singularly have very little value, are carefully hand selected to meld beautifully together in the creation of the elixir of life. Harlem Nights, Chris’s depiction of Harlem after the sun goes down, tells a story of romance and mystery. It’s warm and seductive with notes of boozy rum, dirty patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla and orris. Renaissance Man, explores the rebirth and revival
of man; the perpetual evolution of humankind. It’s manly and aromatic with notes of spicy ginger, animalic honey, sandalwood, leather and smoky tobacco. e Danse Sauvage, spicy and sexy tells the story of Josephine Baker performances in 1920s Paris. It’s very seductive and spontaneous, with notes of boozy cognac, black pepper, chili, plum and cedar wood.