Perfumes born from total creative freedom
Perfume publisher and authority on perfume making
Publisher to the world's greatest perfumers and renowned authority on perfume making. Frédéric Malle’s vision combines total creative freedom for perfumers,
the highest technical precision, and raw artistic talent. The result is a masterful collection of modern classics, works of art that stand the test of time.
Frédéric Malle was born into a French family of industrialists, artists and perfumers. His uncle, Louis Malle, was a celebrated film director. His grandfather, Serge Hefler-Louiche, was the founder of Parfums Christian Dior and an emblem of France’s perfume legacy; Frédéric’s mother presided over this department for the duration of her career. Frédéric himself represents the third generation of perfume specialists in his family and is a world authority on perfume making.
Frédéric Malle’s early exposure to a dialogue between the creative and business worlds led him to study Art History and Economics at New York University. After a brief career in advertising, he joined the prestigious perfume laboratory Roure Bertrand Dupont in 1988, where he befriended the leading perfumers of the industry. He worked with them for over 25 years, acquiring an extensive knowledge of raw materials and olfactory balance.
At a time when most cosmetics companies were focusing exclusively on brand image and celebrity figureheads to generate an illusion of quality, Frédéric Malle decided to draw attention back to the product itself. When he founded Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle in 2000, he heralded a return to luxury perfumery. The idea for the brand was born from a desire to give total creative freedom back to perfumers. Under Frédéric’s guidance as a perfume publisher, who pushes them to their creative limit and leads them into new olfactory territory, perfumers produce unique works of art sold under their own names. Together, the perfumers and publisher realize a vision of perfume as the masterful result of time, precision and true talent.
The world's greatest Perfume Designers
As the hidden talents behind many of the world’s most beloved, signature fragrances, our perfumers bear the legitimacy of illustrious careers. They collaborate with Frederic Malle on the basis of shared success in the fragrance industry as well as a personal relationship developed over time.
Frédéric Malle’s stores each have their own personality, all while sharing certain essential characteristics. Often designed by Frédéric Malle himself, they combine the comfort of an elegant home with the clinical design of a fragrance laboratory, with celebrated features including Frédéric Malle’s own signature smelling columns and refrigerated perfume cabinets.
Other times, renowned architects or decorators are commissioned to enhance his own vision with poetic and often futuristic interpretations of space. These boutiques are considered gems of contemporary architecture.
Please note, our stores are gradually reopening starting May 11th. See below for more details.