Delving deeper into our understanding of the power of scent and continuing on from our At Home: Apartamento journal, we explore the fragrances of 19-69. A story about time and place in counter-culture history by Swedish artist Johan Bergelin.
The offspring of a twenty-four month creative journey in partnership with local artisans in Scandinavia, France and Italy, Bergelin launched 5 fine perfumes at Colette, Paris in 2017. Each scent is inspired by eras, cultures and lands afar, from Europe and The United States to Africa and Asia. A powerful statement, the name 19-69 represents an era of freedom, tolerance and counterculture and also Johan Bergelin’s year of birth. This truly is his passion project.
Inspired by the colourful and creative party scene of Marrakesh during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Woody and welcoming with soft oriental spices, Kasbah is synonymous with the artistic influence of Marrakesh and the people that called it home during this period; that being the likes of Mick Jagger, Paul Getty and Yves Saint Laurent, to name a few.
Fragrance notes include: White Honey, Amber and Sandalwood.
An ode to the film Le Mépris (1963) and Villa Malaparte on the Isle of Capri. Featuring elements of wild citrus trees, orange blossoms, green olive groves, blue skies and the endless ocean that encircles the island. Capri is both iconic and stylish, much like the film.
Fragrance notes include: Sweet and Bitter Orange, Ylang Ylang Extra Oil and White Musk.
L’air Barbés is a tribute to Paris, capital de la mode. Influenced by androgyny, this genderless scent is evocative of Paris’ different personas, such as the concrete alleyway, Le Banlieue and the area Barbés – Rocherchouart. Bergelin remembers Helmut Netwon’s picture that made YSL’s Le Smoking iconic, with stark monochromatic simplicity, and how it made a lasting impact on his work.
Fragrance notes include: Fresh Lemon, Concrete and Ink.
A reflection of when East met West, taking place in the 30’s and 50’s in colonial French Indochina. Chinese Tobacco captures the strong contrast and different ambiances when travelling in Asia and is heavily influenced by the film Apocalypse Now. The scent is spicy and woody.
Fragrance notes include: Tobacco, Coriander and Oud.
A tribute to creativity, freedom and indulgence, embracing the hippie movement and counterculture of Woodstock. Purple Haze personified is a musician, with a guitar on his back, snakeskin boots, skinny jeans and long hair. Deep, powerful, quirky and captivating.
Fragrance notes include: Cannabis Accord, Violet Leaf and Patchouli.
Built around the notorious Rainbow Bar on Sunset Strip, signifying peace and freedom, this fragrance is light like the sun, blue skies and warm glow that embrace LA. Not forgetting the foundations of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll that take residence under the Hollywood sign.
Fragrance notes include: Bergamot, Bourbon and Vetyver.
Villa Nellôte is a 16-room mansion of the Belle Epoque, previously occupied and used as headquarters by the local Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of France. In the spring of 1971, rebellious tenants and their colourful entourage hosted the property for six months. This fragrance is a tale of a beautiful setting with a dark past.
Fragrance notes include: Grapefruit, Magnolia Flower and Patchouli.