With his first fragrance for her launching exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue this summer, Jason Wu will be celebrating at the Boston location on October 12 where patrons will get the chance to meet the designer, receive a complimentary engraving with their purchase, and have their bottle signed by Wu.
We caught up with the designer to talk about the process of creating his first scent and which city inspired the fragrance.
Jason Wu eau de parfum, shower oil, and body cream.
We have watched you rise through the ranks to become one of the most prolific designers. Has a fragrance been something you have long wanted for your namesake portfolio? It’s been a dream project of mine to create my own fragrance. I’ve done many different collaborations within beauty over the past decade, and it was always the goal to launch beauty under my own brand one day. It’s been an incredibly personal project for me.
What notes in the fragrance resonate with you the most? When I started the project with perfumer Frank Voelkl at Firmenich, he showed me over 200 raw ingredients, and I kept going back to this one note that stood out for me. I realized my affinity for jasmine sambac because it brought me back to my childhood in Taiwan when I used to pick these flowers from my neighbor’s wall full of jasmines. The scent triggered such a strong reaction from me.
You are a quintessential New Yorker. Are there any senses of the city that you feel in the fragrance? There is a modernity about the scent that feels very New York. The contrast between the different types of florals and fruits that come from different parts of the world feels so multidimensional—just like the city. Saks Fifth Avenue, 800 Boylston St., 617-262-8500saks.com