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Acne Studios launches first fragrance with Frédéric Malle


Acne Studios launches first fragrance with Frédéric Malle
Hip Swedish fashion label Acne Studios has created its very first perfume, a fragrance created with artisan scent legend Frédéric Malle.

Frédéric Malle is the founder of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, the prestigious French perfume house known for its unique, head-turning collaborations with top perfumers.

The new scent was first introduced to media at of Acne Studios’ autumn/winter ’24 show, where the runway at the Observatoire de Paris was spritzed with the fragrance before the show.

Capturing the essence of the minimalist, Scandi-chic style the fashion label is known for, the perfume combines fresh notes with soft florals, atop lingering fuzzy peach. 

Jonny Johansson, Acne Studios’ creative director, went through over 100 iterations of the perfume with Malle before reaching the final blend.

According to Johansson the scent they landed on was slightly “smarter” than its contenders.

“It reminded me of fresh laundry on the line at the summer house — evoking a little bit of romance with a dash of nostalgia,” the designer told Vogue Scandinavia.

The perfume, is said to offer a ‘vibrant, magnetic and radical profile’. The composition is an “intense thrill of fresh aldehydes, concealed by the sweetness of flowers [rose, violet and orange blossom], peach and vanilla, warmed by creamy sandalwood and white musk,” describes the brand.

The designer said it was a delight to be approached by Malle to be involved, the perfume expert known for his discerning taste.

“For me, this collaboration has been about entering his world,” Johansson says. “I feel like I’ve made a new friend. He is such an elegant man. The first thing he did was send me to his tailor on Savile Row.”

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle is famous for its powerful and alluring perfumes, including Portrait of a Lady, Carnal Flower, Lipstick Rose and Musc Ravageur.

Acne Studios by Frédéric Malle will be available to shop in NZ and Australia from May 28 at selected MECCA stores and online.


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