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Since the inception of Coco Chanel on the Rue Cambon in Paris, we’ve all come to know fashion and fragrance go hand in hand. Hot off the wheels of a recent collaboration with German perfume house Mäurer & Wirtz, Berlin-based designer Michael “Michalsky”brings us his eponymous fragrance "Michalsky" for men and women. Sporty elements combined with classic silhouettes and luxurious designs for men and women characterize the fashion of “Michalsky”. The perfume continues the legacy featured in timeless gold and silver flacons with an urbane design redolent of beaming high-rises.
What better a way than a scent to draw us out of ourselves? "Michalsky" for women is akin to a midnight cap atop an urban terrace in a perfect midsummer’s night dream. Just a glass of sambuca or ouzo in hand with bursts of fragrant mimosa trees palliating the thick air. A sensual and elegant fragrance composition of sweet liqueur, a touch of licorice and feminine floral chords, harmoniously rounded off with a soft base of vanilla, praline and sandalwood, it is an open invitation to tease the senses.. or better yet, anyone who’s lucky enough to snag a seat nearby.
“Michalsky” for men also sweeps us into a heady waft of citrus notes drawn from the elemi tree with robust ginger and sage that seduce our olfactory bulbs into arousal. Drawn into vertiginous heights, the virility of woody chords rounds it all off and sends us spinning into the night.
Qompendium: Since the inception of Chanel No 5 in 1922, countless fashion houses also began to expand vertically in a grand domino effect – how do you approach an exceedingly saturated market?
Michael Michalsky: Well, for me it is a dream that came true and the perfect extension of my brand. Of course I am competing against some heavy weights but as long as my perfume has become someone’s favorite scent I have succeeded.
The experience of working with Mäurer & Wirtz for the first time?
I really enjoyed it. They let me be very involved which I absolutely loved. One of my favorite parts was working with the perfumers in Paris and with the talented Peter Schmidt on the packaging. This was really a dream come true.
The release of pheromones is a form of nonverbal communication that animals use to transmit messages to other members of the same species. Highly specific information packaged in intricate molecular structures allows these chemical messages to effectively be sent. What would you say is the specific information your perfume gives off?
It’s very easy. It makes you feel good… Be cool, stay calm, be MICHALSKY!
Some synesthetes can see letters or numbers when they see a certain color or even personalities when they think of numbers, days or months. Name a personality, month and color that MICHALSKY evokes for you.
My personal “MICHALSKY moment” was when Sibel Kekilli, a german actress, was wearing a white “couture evening dress by MICHALSKY” and accepting the “Deutsche Filmpreis” barefoot on stage.
Most memorable scent from childhood?
My mother’s perfume, “Shalimar” by Guerlain.
Over the ages fragrances have had all uses ranging from healing and hygienic purposes to status symbols, portents for danger in the animal kingdom and for religious proceedings. What is the world of perfume to you?
I love perfumes. Always have and always will. They are a mood enhancer, for example I have certain perfumes for a happy mood or if I am down, as well as for day and for night.
Smells are the most difficult to describe, they don’t have set nuances like colors do and we often use metaphors and adjectives to explain them. How would you describe the scent of chocolate to someone who has never smelled it before?
OMG… Is this a psycho test? Well, I would say chocolate smells as good as kissing feels.
Our taste buds provide four distinct sensations: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Much of the flavors we taste depend on how they smell to us, which is why foods are often tasteless to us when we have a cold. So we’re curious, what is your favorite dish?
My favorite dish is “eggs benedict”, followed by “caviar with blinis” and on third position “steak tartare”.
Take it or leave it: olfactorialists such as Sissel Tolaas that recreate scents as those of humans, sweat, dog feces, dirt, fresh laundry, kebabs and shoe shops?
Sounds disgusting actually. Call me old fashioned, but I like scents that smell nice!
Dostoevsky described a “Petersburg stench” do you think there is one for Berlin?
LOL... Every “Kiez” of Berlin smells different, but there is a noise that describes Berlin the best: the sound of trolley wheels on an uneven pavement.
What would happen in a world of anosmia?
I guess life would be much duller and incomplete. A whole level of enjoyment would be missing.