Le Jardin Retrouvé : A story to be shared
Launched in 1975, Le Jardin Retrouvé was amongst the first niche perfume brands on the market. Yuri Gutsatz created the fragrances and his wife Arlette introduced his innovative creations to the wider world.
A fragrant visionary
Gutsatz was born in St Petersburg in 1914, into a world in the throws of war. Fleeing his home, he landed in Paris (aged 19) and was hired by the then renowned perfume company Parfums Mury. So began Gutsatz's fragrant adventure.
After working and studying with numerous companies, he began a long association with Roure Bertrand Fils in 1945 (which eventually merged with the renowned Givaudan house). On returning from India, where he worked for some years, he noticed a seismic shift in the perfume world, with a growing dependence on marketing and ingredients being chosen primarily for price rather than quality. It seemed the industry had lost its soul to a greedy world. In an effort to reignite the artistic core of the perfume world, the innovative Gutsatz created his own house, Le Jardin Retrouvé.
Throughout his working years Gutsatz remained unaware that his father, David Gutsatz, a chemist in Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) in the 1930’s, worked to develop some of the most important synthetic ingredients in modern perfumery. It was many years later that he learnt that father and son - without being aware of it - were instrumental in building modern perfumery: one in patenting synthetic processes, the other in fostering a new vision of the art of perfumery.
The legacy lives on
Gutsatz died in 2009 and Le Jardin Retrouvé remained dormant until his son, Michel, along with his wife Clara, using his fathers precious formulas and inspiration from perfumer Maxence Moutte of Givaudan, reclaimed the brand, keeping the philosophy and ethos of the founder intact. With the release of seven of Yuri’s original fragrances and a concept showroom at 7, rue Fourcroy, 75017 Paris, Yuri’s legacy was preserved and remodelled for a contemporary audience. The fragrances are beautiful - with the fresh sunny Verveine d'Eté being my favourite.