For thirty-five years, Jacques Polge has preserved the unique olfactory heritage of the house of Chanel, while also innovating by creating unique scents that capture the timeless elegance and style that Chanel has come to epitomize. His work since 1978 guarantees him a place in the history of contemporary perfumery.
Olivier Polge, son of Jacques Polge, has followed in his father’s footsteps. As a perfumer for International Flavors and Fragrances since 1998, he’s created acclaimed fragrances “including Dior Homme from Christian Dior, Flowerbomb and Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf, Flora Botanica from Balenciaga Paris, Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men, Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo and last year’s hit, La Vie est Belle by Lancôme.” (WWD). In 2009, Olivier was awarded the “Prix International du Parfum”, an award honoring top perfumers. His appointment as the fourth perfumer for Chanel solidifies his place in olfactory history.
To ease the transition from father to son, Christopher Sheldrake, Director of Research and Development at the CHANEL Fragrance Laboratory since 2005, will carry on his role of ensuring the smooth functioning of this department while continuing to work as a creative tandem with Jacques Polge, and then Olivier Polge.
I’m very excited to see what Olivier Polge will do in his new position at Chanel. Though bound by tradition, I could see him wanting to make his own mark, apart from that of his father. Olivier Polge will join Chanel in September.
Photo of Olivier Polge by Hajime Watanabe
Photo of Christopher Sheldrake by Julien Claessens & Thomas Deschamps