The story goes…I had been wearing designer fragrances since high school (which seems so long ago, now), most of which were fairly common and inoffensive to the majority of people. Fast-forward over a decade to present-day and I found myself at a fork in the road. I was wearing a designer fragrance and my girlfriend (now wife) returned home from work one day and told me, without missing a beat, that her co-worker wears the same fragrance. Needless to say, this fragrance made its way to the back of the shelf.
At this point, I visited your normal fragrance shops that carry the normal crowd-pleasing designer fragrances, but I couldn’t find any that really interested me. I began to branch out into indie and niche fragrances. After trying out a handful, I realized that these were quality products that had seemingly greater longevity, but more to my satisfaction, they were far more unique! But, something still wasn’t sitting quite right. I had a creative itch one day and began researching perfumery and the rest is history.
One thing to remember is that a lot of artisan/indie perfumers are also avid collectors. My collection is for my own pleasure, sure, but it is also a metaphorical library from which I learn. Clearly, the perfumers behind the fragrances in my collection created something that appealed to me, which led to me purchasing them. My goal is not to recreate something that I already own, but to create something that nobody owns, because it hasn’t been done before. To me, this is what it means to be an American Perfumer; to be a pioneer. Enter: Gallagher Fragrances.
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