The Perfumer: Ralf Schwieger
Born in Westphalia (Germany), Ralf Schwieger considered studying medicine or art but finally specialized in fragrance chemistry, which he studied in Berlin. He shifted to the creative side of the industry after training at the Roure (now Givaudan) school of perfumery. He worked twelve years for Givaudan before joining Mane, a private, family-owned business based in Grasse. A keen follower of contemporary architecture and dance, Ralf envisions perfumery as “an expression of primary emotion, albeit in an industrial setting”. He has composed, among otherfragrances, Eau des Merveilles (Hermès), Lipstick Rose (Frédéric Malle), Marc Jacobs Men (Marc Jacobs), and Orange Sanguine (Atelier Cologne), the winner ofthe Fragrance Foundation France’s Prix des Experts in 2012.