Meraki from Fort & Manle is a dark tribute to what is arguably one of the most legendary fragrances of all time, Shiseido’s Noir Name.
Nombre Noir, “The Black Number”, is a fragrance shrouded in speculation and mystery. It was the tragic undoing of perfumer Jean Yves Leroy, who allegedly took his own life shortly after the perfumes demise. Under the direction of Serge Lutens and Yusui Kumai, they set out to make a “western fragrance”. However, every aspect of the fragrance, from the exorbitant costs of the composition to the intricate packaging was at a loss to Shiseido. In the end, the flacons were deemed defective, thus Shiseido destroyed all remaining stock for sale.
In creating Meraki, Rasei Fort was not trying to recreate the aroma of Nombre Noir, which he possesses but has never dared to open. However, based on the notes, he strove to create a white flower inspired by the vintage, strongly based on the delicate osmanthus flower that is somewhat synonymous with the original.
In any case, Meraki is a tribute to what the Nombre Noir represents. The passion and sacrifices of the perfumers and their relentless fervor to create individualistic and unique fragrances. Those who spare no expense to create a beautiful fragrance and work hard to refine and perfect their art.
So this is the journey to Meraki, a magnificent and sumptuous blend of sparkling aldehydes, mouth-watering fruits and exquisite and lush flowers. Equal parts vintage and haute couture in that inimitable Fort & Manle style, it’s a scent that’s both seductive and deliciously wearable, a creation of its own but with its compelling influences at hand. In other words, it is a perfect creation of Rasei Fort. And given its extremely limited availability, only 300 bottles (packed in exquisite wooden boxes) available worldwide, we believe it is a worthy successor to Nombre Noir in every sense.