For the last few weeks, I have been writing a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo. Last night, with a little nod to heaven, and a deep breath, I launched it… and you can find it here: 1000 Flowers Perfume- Refining Design
It has been 4 years, (how the time flies), since the launch of Reglisse Noire, in New York City, at the Sniffapalooza event- the first official fragrance from 1000 Flowers. (Actually, few people know, but there were 4 launches before this- 4 natural perfumes that I created before going to France to study formally). Since 2011, there have been 4 more launches, and for each one, I designed the artwork for the packaging, doing all production by hand, in-house, as well as continuing the creation of the cedar boxes for the full-size Reglisse Noire. (read the past entry where I share that process).
Honestly, I love design- and if I hadn’t become a perfumer, or a chef, or a photographer… I would have studied graphic design with great interest. I have learned the Adobe programs, and in doing so, was able to create a polished prototype of the artistic expression of the 1000 Flowers perfume house (my baby). However, to really grow the project- I need to pass certain aspects to the real professionals- ie the graphic designer, the box manufacturer, and the label/card/brochure printer. As well, to graduate to a higher level of refinement and production, certain minimum orders need to met from suppliers. It is for these reasons, and the fact that I am completely independent, without sponsors or investors, that I have launched this fundraising campaign.
For the graphic designer, I have found a person from England, who has names such as Jo Malone and Molton Brown on her resume. So I feel comfortable with passing her the creative design work. For bottles, I have one picked out from a highly respected French flacon manufacturer, and for the sprays…well, that is still in the works. It will all depend on finding a supplier for the ones I am dreaming about….ones that will follow in the steps of Hermes, with their Voyage launch. A refillable fragrance with an exquisite spray.
For the Indiegogo campaign, I have created a collection of perks, ranging from a personal postcard, written by me to you, from Grasse, to the new perfume formats once they are ready, to a bespoke fragrance created just for you, to a full-on commercial fragrance collaboration. Please go and see, and if you would like to see another perk, please share your ideas!
Also, please share this campaign! You will be supporting an artistic vision, and a dream.
Thank you all for your continued interest, and I look forward to your thoughts and comments! xo