By  on May 20, 2011

Jacques Polge, master perfumer at Chanel, is rare among leading noses, both for his longevity and track record. Upon arriving at the house in 1978, he was only the third perfumer in Chanel’s history. A few years later, he produced Coco, which has since become iconic, and he’s followed with a string of other successes like Allure, Coco Mademoiselle, the Les Exclusifs range, and last year’s Bleu, which should keep the house in top-five sales seemingly for eternity. Perched on the highest floor of the company’s headquarters in Neuilly, where he rules an in-house lab— one of the few left in perfumery that both creates and manufactures—Polge shares his view from the top.

This story first appeared in the May 20, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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