BEHIND THE CREATION
"I create fragrance the way a composer writes music. The name of the fragrance is like the title of a song. The notes are the lyrics. The way they mix together is the music and melody.
I'm inspired by a story, a memory, a place or, in some cases, a specific fragrance note. I'm very much inspired by music, art and love. The end result are only those fragrances that I fall madly in love with, that elicit a strong emotional response." - Chris Collins
BEHIND THE FRAGRANCE
When did you first fall in love with fragrance?
My earliest scent memory is of my father wearing the iconic Grey Flannel cologne. Everything about the scent fascinated me, from the bottle to the label to the flannel bag it came in. My Tokyo Blue fragrance is actually an homage to that memory.
My love of fragrance intensified during my teen years, when I first smelled Obsession for Men. I found the warm, spicy notes so sexy and hypnotic. To this day, I focus on scent blends that mesmerize.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Often enough, my inspiration comes from memories, like the story I shared about my father. Other times, my inspiration comes from travel. For 20 years, I was lucky enough to visit great cities around the world as a brand ambassador. After New York City, where I’ve lived for 17 years, my favorite place in the world is France.
In France, I spent a few months in Mougins and Grasse—the birthplaces of fragrance—to study perfumery. That’s where I learned to structure a fragrance to tell a story. Many of the stories I want to tell come from another great French city, Paris, and the relationship it had with Manhattan between 1918 and 1937.
During that period (the Harlem Renaissance), artists like Josephine Baker and Duke Ellington were making adventurous work that resonated across the Atlantic and still move people today. In my fragrances, I wanted to capture the sexiness and charisma of those artists and the aliveness of Harlem, then and now.
Are Chris Collins fragrances all for men?
The short answer is no. I’m inspired by legendary men’s colognes, but at the same time, women have told me they love how they feel when they wear these scents. I think everyone should wear whatever fragrances they’re drawn to.
My scents are for people of any gender who want to channel their exotic side. They complement a confident and alluring state of mind that anyone can channel.