August 1, 2017
Nishane founders Mert Güzel and Murat Katran (photo Nishane)
ÇaFleureBon has a special relationship with Nishane Istanbul. I was one of the first bloggers (maybe the first??) to discover the House in 2015 at Esxence in Milan. Creative Directors Murat Katran and S. Mert Guzel, (both born in Instanbul) established the first Istanbul based House in 2012. Turkey is the only country that literally bridges two worlds; Asia and Europe. Since antiquity the Bosphorus (Boğaziçi), the strait that separates two cultures has fascinated artists, poets, merchants, adventurers and conquerors. 16 extraits de parfums were introduced at Esxence which according to Murat took five years of intensive research, finding the right accords, perfumers and endless rounds of revisions in order to bring the true spirit of Istanbul to life. Fast forward to Esxence 2016, and the House introduced two perfumes inspired by the poetry of Rumi; 100 Silent Ways and Fan Your Flames. Fan Your Flames was one of my favorites of the year so I asked Sr Contributor Sebastian Jara to review it as a CaFleureBon Contributor video.
Nishane Karagoz, Zenne and Hacivat: Photo by Sebastian for ÇaFleureBon©
It was with great pleasure that we were the first to announce their new trilogy , called Shadow Play, based on the puppetry of the Ottoman Empire during the 14th and 16th century. Sebastian did a live video interview with Murat and Mert at Esxence 2017. They were the first perfumes where they were both the Creative Directors and co- Noses!
Illustration of Hacivat by Yukiko Rees©
Each of the three perfumes was based on archetypal characters…The Traveler, The Femme Fatale and The Performer. Sebastian, was particularly drawn to Hacivat (the artist, performer). Described as a Chypre, (but there are going to be comparisons to Aventus).
Hacivat: TOP NOTES: Bergamot, Pineapple, Grapefruit; MIDDLE NOTES: Jasmine, Patchouli, Cedarwood; BASE NOTES: Clearwood, Oakmoss, Dry Timberwood –Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief
Sebastian Jara, Senior Contributor
Disclosure: Sebastian received a bottle of HACIVET courtesy of Nishane; opinions his own
Thanks to Nishane Instanbul we have a 50 ml extrait de parfum ($230 USD) of HACIVAT for a registered CafleureBon reader and Looking Feeling Smelling Great subscriber anywhere in the world (if you are not sure if you are registered click here (you must register on our site or your entry will be invalid. To be eligible please leave a comment ON THIS SITE with what you enjoyed about Sebastian’s YouTube review of HACIVAT, if you have a favorite Nishane Istanbul perfume and where you live. You can follow us @cafleurebon @lookfeelsmellgreat on Instagram. Check out @nishaneitsanbul on Instagram as well. Draw Closes 8/5/2017
You can purchase Havicat in the USA at Twisted Lily here