It began as a bottle of Royal English Leather—a rich mix of mandarin, ambergris and sandalwood—commissioned by King George III (after becoming enamored with a pair of Creed scented gloves). Passed from father to son for seven generations since its London founding in 1760 by James Henry Creed, The House of Creed has been handcrafting uncommon fragrances for royal houses and discerning patrons for over 250 years.
As the only fragrance house to rely on an ancient infusion technique to capture the raw and rare materials of each perfume, Creed has created a legacy of unrivalled scents, both commissioned and worn by history’s greatest names: Queen Victoria (Fleurs de Bulgarie); Empress Eugenie of France (Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie); Emperor Franz-Josef of Austria-Hungary and his wife, the Empress “Sissi” Elisabeth (Fantasia de Fleurs); Spain’s Queen Maria Cristina (Vanisia) and a host of global politicians including Sir Winston Churchill (Tabarome Millesime); President John F. Kennedy (Vetiver); as well as constellation of movie stars and several First Ladies.
Based outside of Paris today, each scent is weighed, mixed, macerated and filtered all by hand in the highest tradition of the House’s founder, James Creed. Today, sixth generation and master perfumer Olivier Creed and his son, Erwin Creed, carry on the craft from their Parisian laboratory. Father and son each personally seek out the purest elements from around the world to continue the art of Creed’s perfume making—a timeless, yet modern take on history, bottled.