"20 or 30 years ago perfumers were unknown and journalists would not come to interview them. Today in our industry people know what we create and our names are in magazines, we can be part of TV programs, etc. We are recognized in the same way that great chefs are. Having said that, one never does anything by oneself, it is a team that creates: the perfumer, evaluators, sellers, the client. Take the case of Schumacher who wins a grand prize; behind, there are engineers, a brand, sponsors. If today he were to race under an unknown brand, he would still be a great pilot but he would win much fewer races.
Question from editor Marianne Lecoq:
So we are not going to see the perfumer's name on a flacon any time soon and be able to follow him, olfactorily speaking?.....
"There exists a new concept in the Frederic Malle boutiques in Paris: he has launched a dozen of perfumes that showcase perfumers and these ones have their names on the labels. I think it's a niche, but me personally, it does not interest me to have my name on one of his flacons because I am not seeking to sell a hundred. And I know I am recognized, so that's sufficient for me. If I had felt frustrated I could have launched my own perfume "Olivier Cresp". From time to time I have a journalist who calls me and tells me "You know, I think you created this perfume because I recognized your style." And this makes me feel very happy."
Excerpt of an Interview of Olivier Cresp in French by Marianne Lecoq on Parfumessence where you can read the rest of the interview. An interesting quote regarding the complexities of fragrance creation and authorship.
Olivier Cresp is the nose behind Angel, D & G Light Blue, Noa, Gloria, XS, amongst others.