Mimi talks to Chandler Burr

BATD ON Apr 29, 2009 AT 5:12 pm

Chandler Burr

Chandler Burr

Chandler Burr is something of a legend in the fragrance world. After studying International Economics & Japan studies, Burr became a journalist reporting on a variety of high brow subjects. It wasn’t until a chance train journey with a scientist/perfume genius that Burr turned his attention to the topic of fragrance.

His writing soon caught the eye of many influential magazine editors and in August 2006 he was appointed the perfume critic of The New York Times. His column, Scent Notes, appears in T, The New York Times’ style magazine.

His most recent book, The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry, is his account of spending a year observing the creation of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s fragrance, Lovely, in New York City and Un Jardin sur le Nil by Hermès in Paris.

Background – academic/geographic
I was born on Chicago’s north shore, grew up in Washington, D.C., have lived everywhere from Japan to Italy, and now am lucky enough to live in New York—despite everything, it’s terrific. I have a master’s degree in international economic trade theory and Japanese political economy.

What started your interest in fragrance?
I was standing in the Gare du Nord train station waiting for the Eurostar to London and happened to begin a conversation with a scientist who was also a perfume genius. We talked the whole trip and as we pulled into Waterloo I said, “I want to write a book about you.” That book was “The Emperor of Scent.”

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