Everyone is a poet in life, only using different instruments. Some record stories with pen and paper, some create new visions with a camera; Jan Ahlgren composes his love verse with scents.
幾個星期前，在獨立香水品牌Vilhelm Parfumerie的慕尼黑新品發表會上，我遇見了品牌創辦人Jan Ahlgren先生。個子高挑的他有對迷人的雙眼，溫謙親切的態度讓人在認識品牌之前已有先入為主的好感。Jan的父親來自瑞典，而母親是位道地的紐約女子，從小在異國文化家庭中成長，除了隨著父母旅行體會不同城市風情之外，也各從父、母親身上得到不同的啟發。
Jan與妻子一起創立了香水品牌Vilhelm Parfumerie；而這位浪漫的香水詩人便以一罐Dear Polly的香水為愛的信簽送給妻子以表心意。前味以佛手柑以及蘋果調配、中味則以錫蘭紅茶設計，搭配上後味的麝香與黑琥珀，引出戀人間肌膚親密的氣息芬芳；即使兩人分隔異地仍然可以感受彼此。「幸好這款香水賣得很好，否則應該會對妻子感到很不好意思的。」Jan這麼笑著說。
I met Jan, the founder of Vilhelm Parfumerie in Munich some weeks ago. He was here to present his perfume collection. He is tall, and has charming eyes; his warm and gentle manner made everyone liked the brand before we got to know about it. His father is Swedish, and her mother comes from New York; Jan has grown up in a mix culture family that he got inspired by his parents. Following his parents to travel around the world; he experienced different cultures since he was a child.
“My mother inspired me that we should live well and bold and not afraid. I think I got her romantic gene.” He smiled. When he was young, he moved to Paris and focused on his fashion career. Later, he met a lovely lady in New York, and he decided to stay. This woman is now his wife. “New York is not an unfamiliar place to me; because of my mother, it seemed that I am back to one of my hometowns.”
After that, Jan founded Vilhelm Parfumerie with his wife; and this romantic perfume poet created a scent, Dear Polly as a love letter to his wife. The top is primary on Bergamot and Apple; the middle is designed with Ceylon Black Tea; the base is from Oakmoss, Musk and Black Amber; which is brewed for lovers who can and recall each other, so even with distance they are never apart. “I am happy that Dear Polly sells well; otherwise I would feel shy in the front of my wife.” He smiled again.
- Stockholm 1978：敘說的是這座城市歡樂的夏日氛圍，關於綠草、微風與陽光。雖然前味帶有檸檬成分，卻完全跳脫一般夏日香水慣有的清新、毫無驚豔的香味；反而是更深刻地分享了他回憶中更私密、帶有情緒的香氛。
- The OUD Affair ：靈感來自於女演員Ava Gardner與鬥牛士Luis Miguel Dominquin兩人之間帶有野性、性感的戀情。以野蜂蜜以及姜黃油當做前味，中味則以煙草葉配製，後味用沈香以及黑香草豆收尾來呈現出感情關係中戀人間的張力。
Jan captures all inspiration from his life experiences or childhood memories for his perfume design; it is fascinated, profound and meaningful. Besides Dear Polly, two more scents are hard for me to forget.
- Stockholm 1978 : It is a story about a city, a place, a time of congregation and celebration. The top has Lemon Zest as one of the ingredients; however, it is not a typical summer smell that you get from the market. Jan shares his private and emotional memories via this bottle with us.
- The OUD Affair : The scent inspired by the tempestuous affair between actress Ava Gardner and the bullfighter LuisMiguel Dominquin, a sexy and fierce relationship. Using Wild Honey and Ginger Butter as the top, and the Tabacco Leaves as the middle; moreover, let Agarwood and Black Vanilla Bean encompass the push and pull of this passionate love affair.
Fanning Tseng, a self-taught photographer; Wife and a Mother of a 12 years old girl.
Fanning had studied Interior Design and hosted an interior studio in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently lives in Munich, Germany and works as a freelance photographer. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in Chinese online magazines Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.
Expert In : Storytelling Style Photography, especially in Portrait, Food and Interior images. Selected Photographer of Olympus Taiwan.