Gérald Ghislain

Olfactory curator
Born in Orleans in 1964 spending most of his childhood in Morocco, where he developed a taste for the mixture of flavors. In 1984 he joined the Hotel School of Toulouse and at 22 opened his first restaurant in Paris, creating menus, decorations, atmosphere. During a visit to the Museum of Perfumery in Grasse, Gérald discovers all the possibilities offered by the fragrance and the world of perfumery. While keeping his restaurants, he follows in 1997 a training at the ISIPCA (Superior Institute of Industry of Perfumery and Cosmetics) and 1999 he founds Parfums Histories with for only philosophy do what he likes: telling stories using fragrances instead of words. With the first three perfumes – 1804 Georges Sand, 1826 Empress Eugenie and 1828 Jules Verne- he tells the stories of famous characters. But most importantly he gives birth to an olfactory library that he will enrich over the years. His passion for detail lead him to be involved in all aspects of creation. From the fragrance to the design, through the choice of the spray pump cover. The only limit that Gérald follows is the respect of the traditions of French perfumery whose features are: luxury, nobility and quality. This respect for tradition and the attention for the details give birth to each of the 25 fragrances that make up today the ‘Histoires de Parfums’ olfactory library. For his 50 years in 2014, Gérald goes back to his childhood memories by starting a new adventure with the Opéra’s collection, inspired by the many hours that he spent turning pages of the score on the piano while his mother sang.