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Serge Lutens

Serge LutensBorn in France in 1942 Serge Lutens began a creative career at the age of fourteen in his home town of Lille. In 1962 he moved to Paris and began styling hair and make up for Vogue magazine. In 1967 he was commissioned by Christian Dior to produce a line of cosmetics. He became recognised for his work in both photography and film-making.

His first foray into the world of fragrance came in 1982, when he created Nombre Noir in collaboration with Shiseido. He redesigned their cosmetics, including the packaging and created an award-winning advertising campaign. 

In the early 1990s he launched Les Salons du Palais Royal, to market creations by himself and Shiseido. Lutens took his inspiration from his home in Marrakesh. The archetypal niche perfumer, Lutens’ work is independent of fashion; he says: "A perfume can only emanate from a memory, from something you have known earlier on, or from a cultural path."