In the year 1988, Jean Laporte, passionate about fragrances founded Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier (French for “Master Perfumer and Glovemaker”), which will become one of the reference points for luxury and elegance in perfumery. Jean Laporte found his source of inspiration in the classic perfume house from the 17th century, a period in which it was fashionable to apply perfume on the gloves (an accessory considered as a fashion must!) and his mission was to bring back to life the fine art of perfumery and glove-manufacturing. In 1997, Jean Laporte’s ex-trainee, Jean-Paul Millet Lage took over the creation as head perfumer, with the promise to continue and improve the work of his master.
Cuir Fetiche belongs to the company’s collection entitled “Les Accords Mystères” (Mysterious Harmonies) and is a classic leather fragrance for women, launched in 2011 and designed by Jean-Paul Millet Lage. And, taking into account the fact that a perfume inspired by leather is a requisite in any perfume wardrobe, I was looking forward to test Cuir Fetiche on my wife’s skin, as it was announcing something special. One final thing to add is that, normally, the leather perfumes for women are not so spread; therefore the scarcity makes them even more appealing.
Cuir Fetiche opens fruity-floral, with accords of bergamot, Amalfi lemon and Mandarin orange, combined with geranium. The smell from the beginning is different from everything on the market these days. Even tough I was expecting to perceive the leather notes at the base, they were revealed in the heart, mixed with soft floral accords from iris, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose; in this stage, there is present a small hint of vanilla. Then, almost everything fades away and the warm notes of amber, combined with elegant Virginia cedar and sandalwood, musk and patchouli are structuring the dry down. The leather, which may still be sensed at this phase, confers that sensation of a powerful fragrance for a woman in control, who is dominating the men in her life.
The bottle is similar with the rest of the bottles from “Les Accord Mystères” collection, having rectangular shapes of the glass and the large stopper, 2 elements that became a trademark for Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier perfumery house. Cuir Fetiche is meant to be “the sensuality of bare shoulder, the log soft leather glove covering most of the upper arm, a real perfume for the skin”. And judging by the positive feedback from my wife and the excellent progression on her skin, Cuir Fetiche will be on our acquisition list.
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fetiche Perfume Details
- Cuir Fetiche is available as 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray (in plain bottle or corset-wrapped bottle); the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Leather
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 2011
- Perfumer: Jean-Paul Millet Lage
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Smart Casual