On the eve of his first fragrance launch, powerhouse designer Jason Wu sits down with Hamptons for an exclusive one-on-one.
We have watched you rise through the ranks to become one of the most prolific designers. Has a fragrance been something you have long wanted for your namesake portfolio? It’s been a dream project of mine to create my own fragrance. I’ve done many different collaborations within beauty over the past decade, and it was always the goal to launch beauty under my own brand one day. It’s been an incredibly personal project for me.
What notes in the fragrance resonate with you the most? When I started the project with perfumer Frank Voelkl at Firmenich, he showed me over 200 raw ingredients, and I kept going back to this one note that stood out for me. I realized my affinity for jasmine sambac because it brought me back to my childhood in Taiwan when I used to pick these flowers from my neighbor’s wall full of jasmines. The scent triggered such a strong reaction from me.
You were just out East for the Net-a-Porter event— that must have been a nice break. I love the Hamptons, because it’s a great little getaway during the summer— especially during August, when I need a break [while] preparing for fashion week! Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., New York, 212-753-4000; 225 Liberty St., New York, 646-344- 6300; saks.com