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August 17, 2013

Smellbound

Dominique Dubrana is "a 54-year-old Frenchman living in Italy, a Sufi convert, a grand eccentric and a genius of sorts."

Dubrana is a perfumer, and there is no one quite like him working anywhere in the world today.

For one thing, he has no store — and no corporation to answer to and no marketing budget. He invents his own stuff, bottles it and sells it only online, relying on word of mouth to spread his name. For another, he’s a character: in person he’s both modest and proud, stubborn and mystic: he smiles often, laughs easily and bears the faint air of impish alchemy, like a magician who can’t help working a few tricks into every conversation. And like a magician, he keeps his secrets.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 17, 2013 09:24 AM