Over the years, Henry Jacques has taken up a singular challenge: to compile a selection of perfumes that are truly representative of the immense olfactory work accomplished since the founding of our House. The entire diversity of the Henry Jacques legacy needed to be portrayed in a collection that would be accessible to all.
The simple name of Les Classiques de HJ conveys the achievements of a lifetime – fifty fragrances that form a gateway to the Henry Jacques universe. The purity of these Essences brings back an elegant gesture forgotten for too long – one of the foundations of Henry Jacques’ identity – that of applying perfume directly to the skin.
Such a fine collection could not have been conceived without experience and knowledge painstakingly transmitted over several generations. Each nectar has enhanced the personality of a woman or man of taste. A universal appeal seems written into the formulas, speaking to all with the force of a memory or an impression of life. The perfumer becomes a matchmaker between customers and the ideal they seek.
The nuances of the Les Classiques de HJ collection are beautifully complemented by the the new crystal bottle created for the Essences. Our Artistic Director, Christophe Tollemer, met the technical and artistic challenge by opting for sleek minimalism to let the deep, rich sparkle of the Essences shine through. By harmonising Henry Jacques’ codes with the majestic proportions that are a hallmark of his work as an architect, he has created a design of rare distinction – a step forward for the art of crystal-making.