By  on October 12, 2012

For Givaudan perfumer Olivier Gillotin, high-quality raw materials are everything. In his Manhattan office, he carefully selects ingredients to blend some of the world’s most famous fragrances, including last year’s hit Taylor Swift Wonderstruck. At his estate in upstate New York, he’s consumed by perfecting a very different type of raw material: alpaca wool.

“There is so much we can do to improve the fiber,” says Gillotin, standing on his six-acre farm in Warwick, N.Y., called Shalimar Alpacas. The name, as fragrance aficionados may guess, nods to the oriental scent created by Jacques Guerlain.

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