Born in Beauvais, in northern France, in 1927, Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy left his hometown for Paris at the age of 17 to take an apprenticeship at a couture house. He began at Jacques Fath while also studying drawing at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the French National School of Fine Art. He moved to Robert Piguet in 1946 and, briefly, Lucien Lelong in 1947 before joining Elsa Schiaparelli later the same year. Quickly, he became the Artistic Director of the Schiaparelli boutique the Place Vendôme.
In 1952, Givenchy founded his namesake house on Rue Alfred de Vigny in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. For his first collection, he presented ‘Separates’, looks composed of elegant blouses and breezy skirts that blended architectural lines with the simplicity of the materials. This original point of view marked the resounding debut of a four-decade career at his own house. In the summer of 1953, the couturier met Audrey Hepburn, who borrowed several looks for her film Sabrina. It was the beginning of a long collaboration and profound friendship between the actress and the designer. The same year, in New York, Givenchy met his idol, Cristobal Balenciaga, with whom he became close friends.
In 1957, Audrey Hepburn lent her face to Hubert de Givenchy’s first perfume, L’Interdit, which was dedicated to her. In 1969, the designer created his men’s ready-to-wear line ‘Givenchy Gentleman’. Five yoars later, in 1974 the french designer launched its first men’s fragrance: Givenchy Gentleman.
The now iconic men’s fragrance Givenchy Gentleman received a new, modernized reinterpretation with Gentleman Givenchy in 2017, showing what this fragrance would have looked like if it had been made today.
The now iconic Gentleman Givenchy collection is now expanded with a new Eau de Toilette Intense edition, which redefines seduction with a natural elegance and crystallizes the very essence of a gentleman.
Gentleman Givenchy Intense is an aromatic-floral and woody fragrance that brings a touch of freshness and powder to the collection, and represents a balance between tenderness, sensuality and intensity.
Top: bergamot, basil, cardamom
Heart: blue iris, cypress
Base: cedar, coumarin
The composition is a contrast of delicate floral notes and powerful woods. Created by perfumers Olivier Cresp and Nathalie Lorson, Gentleman Intense is a green, aromatic and spicy notes lead to a heart of gentle blue iris, with woody and warm, resinous tones.
Gentleman Givenchy Intense is available as 60 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Intense at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Givenchy.