Christopher Street Named 2014 Art and Olfaction Awards Finalist

2014 Art and Olfaction Independent Finalist: Christopher Street

Charenton Macerations is excited to announce that Christopher Street has been named as a Finalist in the Independent Category for the 2014 Art and Olfaction Awards. Competing alongside some of the top independent brands across the globe, and judged on olfactive impression alone, it is beyond humbling to receive such an incredible honor. Thanks to everyone who has helped support the story of Christopher Street over the past year, as …continue…

Inside the Pages of Christopher Street Magazine

Christopher Street Magazine Covers

In search of research materials for my fragrance, I happened to stumble across Christopher Street magazine while combing through the stacks of archive materials inside the New York Public Library. Founded in the 1970s, this early gay literary magazine (along with publications like the Village Voice) proved incredibly useful in understanding shifting West Village philosophies in a post-Stonewall New York. During the time of the magazine’s launch, the re-energized activist community …continue…

The 40 Songs on the Stonewall Jukebox, June 1969

stonewall jukebox

As I mentioned in my post on “Dance on Skin,” the jukebox was considered one of The Stonewall Inn’s best assets, attracting a lively mixed crowd to this Christopher Street hot spot. As you see from the tracks below, Motown was a heavy favorite of the songs in rotation. Listening to these tracks, you can feel the electric energy that was described as coursing through the bar room floor. It’s hard …continue…

Christopher Street – Dance on Skin

"Dance on Skin"

At the heart of the Christopher Street fragrance story is the most often asked about olfactive accord: “Dance on Skin.” Meant to capture that quintessentially unique je ne sais quoi that is New York City activism, “Dance on Skin” is not only dedicated to the defiant spirit of the many people populating the streets of the West Village, but also echoes the musical sounds that has had these same people …continue…

Happy Anniversary – Christopher Street Turns One

Christopher Street First Anniversary

I can hardly believe it, but Christopher Street is already celebrating its first anniversary. Drawing from inspiration found during adventures in New York City’s West Village (and a wealth of historic documentation), the fragrance aimed to not only challenge the ways we think about and create scent, but also capture the ineffable beauty that has called out to generations of artists and dissidents.  And now, its story has become a part …continue…

Christopher Street Makes Six Best Perfume 2013 Lists

Christopher Street: Best Perfume 2013

What an honor to end this first year at Charenton Macerations by having Christopher Street recognized on six Best Perfume 2013 lists. And what a first year it has been…  What started out as a crazy idea to tap into the world of activism and revelry synonymous with West Village life and bring that inspirational energy into the world of olfaction, has grown well beyond the scent captured in the bottle, …continue…

Queer History of Fashion (and the Untapped Queer Potential of Fragrance) – Part Three

Installation view of the “Leather” platform in the exhibition A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk. Photograph © The Museum at FIT, New York.

The CaFleurebon Queer Fashion & Fragrance Series concludes with an analysis of queer fashion and fragrance history during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From fetish-wear and BDSM subcultures, to modern interpretations on suiting and evening wear, fashion continues to tap an endless source of inspiration from experimentation with the subversive underground, reaping the creative benefits. Conversely, queer fragrance structures remain exceptionally rare, revealing an area prime for olfactive innovation. …continue…

Queer History of Fashion (and the Untapped Queer Potential of Fragrance) – Part Two

Post-Stonewall Installation View. Photo courtesy The Museum at FIT.

The CaFleurebon Queer Fashion & Fragrance Series continues. Part One of ‘FIT’s Queer History of Fashion (and the Untapped Queer Potential of Fragrance)‘ introduced the proto-gay subcultures of the 18th and 19th centuries. Now, in Part Two, a closer look at queer history after World War II, the Stonewall Riots, and the impact of the AIDS crisis during the 1980′s. The series concludes with Part Three, which brings the history …continue…