A New Chapter Begins…

CM Fragrance No 2

I am so pleased to finally be able to share some news about Charenton Macerations‘ follow up fragrance to Christopher Street. This new project has been in the works for the past two years, and touches on a series of questions regarding perfumery that many of us ask ourselves every day. It also introduces two new collaborators into the CM mix, both of which I am really looking forward to introducing you to over …continue…

Pride 2014 Sampling Day 5: The Stonewall Inn

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Today’s Christopher Street Pride 2014 fragrance sampling location is The Stonewall Inn (51-53 Christopher Street). Join me from 6pm-8pm tonight for your chance to snag a free sample of Christopher Street. Happy Pride Week. About The Stonewall Inn (51-53 Christopher Street) First built in 1843, the buildings at 51 and 53 Christopher Street were constructed as six stables, and at the time were best known for housing the delivery horses for Saks Fifth Avenue. The two buildings …continue…

Stonewall, 45 Years Later

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Christopher Street is currently playing host to Stonewall 45: Windows Into LGBT History. This Greenwich Village educational exhibition commemorates the 45th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots: the three-day historic event now heavily regarded as the spark that triggered the rise of the US LGBT rights movement. Over two dozen storefronts stretching from Greenwich Avenue to Greenwich Street, tell the story of the cultural climate surrounding that fateful June night. The Christopher Street …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…

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…

Christopher Street: Ralf Schwieger and Douglas Bender

Ralf and Doug

I first met my Christopher Street fragrance co-conspirator, perfumer Ralf Schwieger, back in 2008. I had been working as an independent fragrance consultant for about a year, and was contacted by Mane USA to work on a few different fragrance projects. Before meeting, I had already begun the initial research on the Christopher Street fragrance project, but was still conceptualizing… still gathering materials and building the olfactive story. After meeting, …continue…

Christopher Street -
From Merchants to Misfits

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New York City’s Christopher Street is one of the oldest and longest streets in the West Village. Designed as a diagonal road against a rectangular grid, Christopher Street has always been known for its subversive character. A street of merchants and misfits, known for the occasional mob front, it has been home to Beatniks, Bohemians, and homosexuals. Christopher Street, and the West Village neighborhood around it, have built a reputation …continue…

The Noisettes ‘Contact’ – Bottle This

Noisettes Shinghai Shoniwa

Music is incredibly useful in understanding the world of fragrance. Not only is scent constructed in a manner akin to scoring music, but it too is focused on capturing and provoking emotional response. Many articles and blogposts have been written on the similarities between the two, so I won’t go too deep into the subject, but will say I find the science of both to be quite fascinating. I’ve always …continue…