Farrar, Straus and Giroux partnered with the boutique perfumery Folie à Plusieurs to create an exclusive, one-of-a-kind custom perfume to enhance the reading experience of André Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name sequel Find Me. The sequel brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.
From Folie à Plusieurs: “From pen to scent, the author André Aciman collaborated with the perfumers Mark Buxton and David Chieze to transcribe the emotional landscape into a fragrance.” Buxton described the scent as a contrast of young love with old spirit; the freshness of Italian citrus; ancient gardens in Rome filled with pine trees; linen bedsheets. The perfume engages an unexpected sense that encapsulates the mood, tone, and style of the book. Aciman said the process “was harder than it sounds!”
The packaging was created by FSG’s Art Director Na Kim, who said: “Scent is a device for deepening the emotional and kinesthetic engagement with art across a range of creative practices, and we’re so excited to bring it into the realm of literature and use it as a way to broaden its relationship to the reader.”
Curious to smell it? You can enter a sweepstakes to win a limited edition bottle here.
Read an exclusive excerpt via Vanity Fair here.
André Aciman is the author of Eight White Nights, Call Me by Your Name, Out of Egypt, False Papers, Alibis, Harvard Square, and Enigma Variations, and is the editor of The Proust Project (all published by FSG). He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his wife in Manhattan.
Mark Buxton was born in Derby, England, and is a perfumer-creator with more than 25 years of experience in the Fine Fragrance Creation. He has collaborated with international leading fragrance houses and has designed for the biggest luxury brands such as Givenchy, Versace, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paco Rabanne, Lagerfeld, Burberrys, Cartier, Chopard, and Ferré. His daring handwriting was discovered when he created the first Comme des Garçons Fragrance. In 2008, Buxton launched his own line of perfumes. More recently, he has focused on niche perfumery, collaborating with several brands such as Riaz Danz Perfumes, Elternhaus, Wiener Blut, Linari perfumes, House of sillage, Zoe Karssen, Brooklyn Soap company, Verdúu perfumes, Folie à plusieurs, Romy Kowalewski 2787 Perfumes Barcelona, Le Labo, Comme des Garçons, Renegades, Thorsten Biehl Kunstwerke and Calé Perfumes. He also created the perfume “L’air de Panache” for Wes Anderson’s movie The Grand Budapest Hotel.
David Chieze was born and raised in France, and has been interested in perfume since a young age. He has both a chemist and perfumer background, and started to work at L’Artisan Parfumeur as a perfume advisor. He was quickly spotted by Bertrand Duchaufour, a world-known french perfumer. After a few years of practicing with his master, David met Mark Buxton and their visions aligned. Chieze’s collaboration Anti Anti for Atelier PMP was nominated at the Art and Olfaction award in Berlin, in 2017.
Na Kim is an art director at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.