Designer Parfums, home to Worth, Jean Louis Scherrer and Jean Patou, has named Thomas Fontaine as its in-house perfumer, the company’s first in-house perfumer to work across its portfolio of brands and new fragrance creations.
Fontaine is a Paris-based perfumer with an international client list and extensive track record creating fragrances for bespoke houses such as Lubin, Gres and JC Brosseau, as well as major brand owners such as P&G Prestige, and spending as a perfumer at companies such as Mane, Charabot and Technico-Flor. He studied perfumery at the Ipsica Fragrance Academy at Versailles under the patronage of the House of Jean Patou, and today, Fontaine is recognized as a leading specialist in recasting vintage formulas for modern times.
Dilesh Mehta, Designer Parfum’s managing director, commented, “Thomas has a wonderful understanding of the history of perfume and also knows how to create beautiful fragrances for the modern international marketplace. I am sure that by working closely with him we will benefit greatly from his knowledge, experience and passion.” Fontaine will work alongside Designer Parfums’ existing team on new launches and will have a specific responsibility overseeing the fragrance development for their heritage brands Worth, Jean Louis Scherrer and Jean Patou.
“I am very excited about this collaboration with Designer Parfums,” Fontaine noted. “My role within the company is pretty simple: to create fragrances. In the case of an iconic name such as Jean Patou, I shall be looking to reinstate the original spirit of this wonderful brand and re-enforce its position as one of the world’s leading luxury fragrance houses.”