Under the direction of Olfactive Creation by Jean-Claude Ellena, considered one of the greatest perfumers in the world, Le Couvent creates a unique and luxurious Haute Parfumerie, luxurious and accessible, made from noble and rare natural materials. 100% vegan.
Creative Fragrance Director
"Creating a unique Haute Perfumery accessible to all, working with beautiful materials and noble essences, that's what attracted me to Le Couvent. This vision of the unusual perfume that we share. A new approach, different from what we usually find. "J.C. Ellena
Jean-Claude Ellena has been making his mark on the landscape of the Haute Parfumerie Française for over fifty years and his meteoric rise is based on a style of rare elegance, an olfactory signature with a subtle blend of refinement and accuracy. years spent in olfactory creation at Hermès, Jean-Claude Ellena chooses his collaborations sparingly. He talks about Couvent exclusively from 2019.
With simplicity and talent, he has surrounded himself with a team of perfumers French handpicked to work with him on new fragrance collections to come. A passionate sharing, a creative effervescence around a cape, a unique tone. An innovative, inspiring and inspired perfume think tank. "
3 THINGS OF HIM
If you were a work of art? A watercolor by J.M Turner
An expression that sums it up: when there are more, there are still some (ideas)
An object to add to his suitcase: My dream is to travel without a suitcase
LE COUVENT - THE OLFACTIVE CREATION BY JEAN-CLAUDE ELLENA
A TEAM OF PASSIONATE PERFUMERS UNDER THE OLFACTIVE DIRECTION OF JEAN-CLAUDE ELLENA
JÉRÔME DI MARINO
FOCUS ON PERFUMERS
Influenced by the countryside of her childhood, recreates her olfactory memories in her creations. Her mantra is to embellish and illuminate her materials, giving them depth or lightness and sometimes even provoking or distorting them. A song she can't get out of her head: "Diego" by Michel Berger. Her dream travelling companion: Antoine de Saint Exupéry. She would have loved to be: Yves Saint Laurent.
Corinne Cachen's inspiration comes from her travels. Guided by her need for freedom and escape, her perfumes are an open window on the world. An album to (re-)listen to: "Atom Heart Mother" by Pink Floyd. A picture she wishes she had painted: "The Siesta" by Van Gogh. She would have loved to be: a cellist.
Curious and enthusiastic, Céline Ripert loves pushing convention aside. At the heart of her creative process are exceptional materials, carefully selected. She digs them out, deciphers them and pierces their secrets. A song she can't get out of her head: "Un coup de soleil" by Richard Cocciante. A film to (re-)watch: "The Bridges of Madison County" by Clint Eastwood. She would have loved to be: A teenager in 2018.
JÉRÔME DI MARINO
Jérôme Di Marino attaches particular importance to the readability of the story told by each of his perfumes. For him, they have the fascinating ability to transport us in a fraction of a second to another time or place.
If it was a plant? Sunflower, in permanent search of the sun
If it was a destination? The Mediterranean
Un morceau a (re)écouter: Daft punk - Around the world
Jérôme Di Marino signs for Le Couvent LYSANDRA.
From a family of perfumers in Grasse, Vincent Ricord composes his creations to music. Whether the background is Led Zeppelin or Chet Baker, he captures everything that moves or intrigues him in the form of perfume notes. A phrase to sum him up: "Pupil with his head in the clouds". A book to (re-)read: "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami. His dream travelling companion: Serge Gainsbourg.
BEHAGHEL Anne-Sophie Behaghel imagines distinguished perfumes with an urban, contemporary or even futurist edge. She is drawn to the unknown and to abstract raw materials that are unique and atypical. She would have loved to be: Mother Theresa, but married! If she was a destination: the horizon between the sea and the sky. A song she can't get out of her head: "L'Envie" by Johnny Hallyday.
Alexandra Monet draws her creative force from her travels. Her signature is clear, precise compositions with simple formulas in which each raw material has its place. A track to (re-)listen to: "Life on Mars" by David Bowie. A film to (re-)watch: "Paris Texas" by Wim Wenders. A picture she wishes she had painted: anything by Pierre Soulages.
Stéphane Coez is always inspired by nature and the emotions it arouses to create unconventional fragrances. Like an impressionist painter, he mixes raw materials to create a feeling rather than a fixed effect. A word to sum him up: Intuitive. He would have loved to write: "The Gay Science" by Nietzsche. A song he can't get out of his head: "Nocturne" by Julian Lage.
An adventurer by nature as well as in his creations, Eric Fracapane draws his inspiration from his many travels. Through his discoveries and encounters, he has constructed a palette of olfactory souvenirs and favourite noble materials. A song to (re-)listen to: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. His dream travelling companion: Nelson Mandela. An object to add to his suitcase: Roman Camomile.
Trained at the prestigious ISIPCA perfumery school, Thomas Fontaine has moved away from the academic codes of perfume to immerse us in a rich and idiosyncratic imaginary world. An album to (re-)listen to: "Hunky Dory" by David Bowie. His dream travelling companion: Ernest Hemingway. A "guilty" habit: sticking his nose everywhere.
Thinking with the nose. That's how Barbara Zoebelein sums up the perfumer's job. Over the course of her career she has memorised nearly 2,000 different ingredients, which she uses to dream up increasingly individual creations. Her dream travelling companion: Marco Polo. A film to (re-)watch: "Silence of the Lambs" by Jonathan Demme. A "guilty" habit: "walking my dog early in the morning in my pyjamas, with a raincoat to hide the beauty of my outfit".
Born in Grasse to a perfumer father, it was only natural for Philippe Romano to make perfume his career. He sees it as a means of expression. Inspired by beautiful materials, the more natural the better, he captures memories and emotions in his creations. A book to (re-)read: "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco. A track to (re-)listen to: "Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix. A film to (re-)watch: "The Godfather" by Francis Ford Coppola.
Always attentive to the life that surrounds her, Caroline MALLEJAC is inspired by her childhood memories, the air of time and beautiful moments to create her fragrances. It is a series of ideas that follow each other. From a word, associations of images, of characters, of places and finally of smells take place.
Another day of sun – La la land, a shot of vitamin C!
If it was a piece of music? «The four seasons» by Vivaldi
A «unspeakable» habit: eat raw cake dough with a spoon.
Caroline MALLEJAC signs for Le Couvent la Bougie Singulière ROSA AENIGMA.