Mr Bojnokopff’s purple hat
A fragrance of delicate potency, Mr. Bojnokopff’s Purple Hat by Fort & Manle wraps sacred Oud in thin wispy white smoke. To give a grand, classically Western disposition, the combination of French Lavender and Vanilla adds a well-mannered stroke of fougere to the composition, while rich Belgian Chocolate deepens the scent. To support the mysterious focal point of Oud, Vetiver adds an unctuous slick, while Guaicwood and Cedarwood lend a shady quality to the fragrance.
St. Petersburg, circa 1897. Mr Bojnokopff’s Purple Hat is the title of my most elaborate feat of illusion, which had astounded and enthralled viewers, en masse in years gone by. Hastily filling my grand, purple suede top hat with the finest French lavender, vanilla and lashings of rich Belgian chocolate, creating a small explosion, resulting in a thick plume of white smoke. Smoke dissipating, my vanishing act begins, with mouths agape as my hat is all that remains on stage. This has now been branded pretentious, hackneyed and “of its time”.
Rasei Fort is a self-taught perfumer and his brand Fort & Manle is an independent, artisanal perfume house which is founded and wholly owned by him.
His grandmother distilled roses into oil which was her passion and her profession. Growing up in this particular environment was literally his introduction into the world of perfumery and the reason why rose happens to be constant element in most of his creations.
Obsessive in his approach, Rasei meticulously blends artisanal oils, extracts and the finest Oud in existence. The results speak for itself, truly enhancing the fragrance, coupled with sprinklings of the most effective aroma molecules. Rasei Fort continually references history and varied cultures, including his own rich, Turkish heritage by scouring the world for the finest raw materials and combining them with his inspirations, evoking the pomp and pageantry of the Empires of old. This has resulted in the creation of luxurious compositions which combine the modern world with “Old-World” sensibilities.