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YVRA 1958

YVRA 1958

The bottling of a vision in scent.

About The Brand

By Yvo van Regteren Altena | Herbal & Aromatic | Becomes your own

When asked about his passion for scents, journalist Yvo van Regteren Altena admits that the core aspect of his fascination derives from the female bosom. His grandmother never left the house without spritzing her décolletage with a royal amount of perfume. After his school going years, Yvo shortly even had the ambition to become a perfumer himself. According to his immediate surroundings, his ‘obession’ with scents reached new heights during his studies in Florence, when he started perfuming his thumbed Italian liras in potpourri by the 400 year old shop Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, a place he greatly admired. But alas, as things happen, Yvo did not become a perfumer. However, during his career in journalism he always kept following the olfactory sense and the coming and going of new scents. As it happens, he even interviewed a great amount if renowned ‘noses’ for the monthly edition of Avenue and for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

From the mid ‘80s, Van Regteren Altena developed into a stylistic writer for Avenue, Esquire and NRC Handelsblad. For more than 25 years he has had a style feature in the Dutch magazine Quote, where he discusses ‘everything that makes life easier’, from lavish trips abroad to artisan made niche products and trivial essentials.
The past decades, Yvo was stimulated by a number of ‘noses’, among whom are Hermès-perfumer Jean Claude Ellena and Mark Buxton, to create his own scent. The obsession of many perfumers to work with the right components, the ‘raw materials’, has always spoken to Yvo. Just like famous culinary chefs, the world of perfume is all about finding the right ingredients. Mouth and nose are interconnected. It was already in 1825 that Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin acknowledged the interplay between these senses: ‘Smell and taste are in fact but a single composite sense, whose laboratory is the mouth and its chimney the nose.’


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