Drawn to art yet with a scientific soul, French native Jérôme di Marino came across the ISIPCA fragrance and cosmetic school by chance, applied and graduated in 2010 after completing an apprenticeship at Givaudan with his “perfumery godmother”, Nathalie Cetto. He then spent a year in Givenchy’s olfactory unit, evaluating compositions submitted by fragrance companies. In 2002, he joined Takasago as a Trainee Perfumer under Francis Kurkdjian. He spent two years in the shadow of his mentor, but they were also two years in light, observing a rigor and perfectionism that he was unlikely to forget. Jerome worked for the Black project for Daniel Hechter which picked up a FiFi Award in 2015. And so, a star was born. Since 2017, he has been fully-fledged perfumer-creator. Art is ever-present: in the background in his daily life, in the foreground in the niche brands he works with.
Jérôme has signed and co-signed famous fragrances for Agatha, Amouroud, Carven, Daniel Hechter, Elli Saab, Kenzo, MCM, Première Note, Sézane. He now collaborates with Masakï Matsushima and created the new masculine line mat; homme.
Interview with the perfumer:
Olfactory memory: Marrakech and the souks, orange blossom and spices, Atlas cedar boxes with that woody, dense, almost animal smell
Motto: All good things come to he who waits. This is a profession that needs time and lots of patience.
Inspiration: The Soulages exhibition in the Pompidou Center (in Paris).
Trip: Sri-Lanka and its magnifiscent landscapes
Dream: To travel around the world, taking time to meet people, backpacking
Iconic fragrance: Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent his father used to wore.