Thursday, June 20, 2013

FRAGments - Underground, Artisan and Indie Perfume Event/Collective

FRAGments - Underground, Artisan and Indie Perfume Event/ Collective will bring together olfactory and perfume artists from across North America in a gallery setting to present a curated selection of their work. The event will be the first in a series to be held in a unique space and coincide with the first Saturday of the season. Each event will feature a moderated salon discussion followed by a reception and exhibition where perfumer/creators will be able to present their work in a collective pop- up shop designed and styled by FRAGments.

The name for the series is derived from FRAGRANCE MOVEMENT and picks up on the slang word for perfume, "FRAG". While the event represents a collective, implicit is the recognition that independent, artisan perfumers are fragments of a whole that move in different directions. FRAGments seeks to celebrate these differences.

Artisan perfumery is a growing movement where individuals are exploring unique olfactory directions through a variety of fragrant media and palettes” says Maggie Mahboubian, founder and curator of FRAGments. “However, very few venues exist for these perfumers to present their handcrafted work. FRAGments will fill that gap”. She adds, “it will provide a small scale, intimate forum for artisan perfumers to interact directly with their audience”. Another unique aspect of this event is that it will define a community and spotlight the art of fragrance design through interpretive and experimental work.

The first FRAGments event will be held at MorYork Gallery in Los Angeles, the studio of eclectic sculptor, Clare Graham whose work visually embodies the spirit of this diverse group of perfumers, who create unique, multifaceted and experimental olfactory art. For more information about Clare Graham and this extraordinary venue please visit:

The event will begin with a salon-style discussion session moderated by Saskia Wilson- Brown. Ms. Wilson-Brown is the director of the newly formed Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles. The IAO supports the work of olfactory artists through grants, research opportunities, lectures, workshops and a materials library. For more information please visit

Event Details:
Summer Solstice Saturday, June 22, 2013
11am-12pm, Moderated Discussion Session with perfumers 12pm-5pm Pop-up Shop
The following artists will present their work at the 1st FRAGments event on June 22:
JK DeLapp, The Rising Phoenix Perfumery ( David Falsberg, Phoenicia Perfumes (
Amanda Feeley, Esscentual Alchemy (
www.esscentualalchemy.mysupadupa.comLisa Fong, Artemisia Natural Perfume (
Heather Kauffman, Jolie Laide Perfume ( Maggie Mahboubian, Parfums Lalun (
Christi Meshell, House of Matriarch (
Mik, MIKMOI San Francisco (
Ayala Moriel, Ayala Moriel Parfums (
Persephenie (
Sherri Sebastian, Sebastian Signs (
Nikki Sherritt, Rebel and Mercury Parfums (
www.rebelandmercuryperfumes.comMeredith Smith, Sweet Anthem Perfumes ( Dawn Spencer-Hurwitz, DSH Perfumes (
Laurie Stern, Velvet and Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery ( Roxana Villa, Roxana Illunimated Perfume ( Shelley Waddington, En Voyage Perfume (

Event Highlights and Notables:
*Persephenie will present an experimental olfaction project.
*En Voyage Perfume will be launching their new fragrance at the 1st FRAGments event. *House of Matriarch will spotlight their Blackbird fragrance which was just named a Top 10 fragrance for 2013 by 
Men's Journalmagazine, the only Indie fragrance that made their Top 10 list.
*Esscentual Alchemy will present “Moon Valley” - Featured in Vogue UK May '13 issue in their Natural Beauty Selections.
*Mario Gomez, Olfactory Ambassador will represent perfumers who are not able to attend event.

FRAGments - Underground, Artisan and Indie Perfume Event/Collective The 1st Event to be held on June 22, 2013 at MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.


  1. Wish I could be in Cali for this! So many wonderful perfumers --

  2. Anonymous15:03

    Yes, sigh, I think I need to move to New York so I can enjoy all these perfume-related events. Mind you I went along to a Perfume and Poetry event recently, very unusual for my home town of Edinburgh. I was in heaven - it was held in a Victorian Palm House/Green House, perfumes were displayed on silk in antique tea cups and they'd chosen a poem for each perfume, which was recited. Soo lovely! I fell in love with Seville a L'Aube and Drole de Rose because of this event, wonderful perfumes

  3. Rosestrang,

    there are events everywhere, one just needs to keep their eyes and ears open! ;-)

    The one you attended sounds absolutely smashing! Wish I could have joined you.

    Hope you're well :-)


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