Updated: Sep 4
You like a fragrance, but you don't understand it. It's the mystery it exudes, the curiosity it arouses, and not the inherent understanding of the scents that makes a perfume magical. The short story, "The Gentleman Champion", is the inspiration behind Jour de Gloire No9. The tale briefly portrays the sensory world of Rugby and partly unveils the origin of perfumed notes and essences that make up the fragrance.
The Gentleman Champion: A Charming Encounter in 1930s Shanghai
Shanghai, a Sunday afternoon in the late 1930s...
Sipping my Pink Gin I breathe from the terrace of the club house the earthy autumn scents. The China Sea breeze caresses the green grass of the sports fields before vanishing through the cypress trees. The Shanghai Rugby Football Club is a joyful place where the local elite comes to socialize and escape from the city life.
The terrace is now crowded as the sun sinks in the golden west. The noise and fervour of victory saturate the atmosphere! As captain of our Rugby team I propose a toast to our new title as Champions of the Autumn Tournament. This evening our team is the pride of our club! We all look so proud smoking cigars in our black evening suits!
I negotiate my way through the noisy crowd to the lounge bar. The orchestra is playing "In the Mood" electrifying the ambiance with its syncopated beats. Seated on a red velvet sofa a young lady is dressed in a silver gown that sparkles with silver highlights. She smokes gracefully with a long cigarette holder in a pensive way. She is most beautiful and seems almost inaccessible.
“ Do you mind if I sit by you? ”
“ Please do! You must be very tired out after this tough game! ”
The orchestra follows with "Moonlight Serenade." I am totally charmed by her, and at that moment, I would have never imagined that this encounter, so unexpectedly captivating, would change the course of my life...
Photography Credit: Simon Drakeford, author of " It's a Rough Game but Good Sport: The Life, Times and Personalities of the Shanghai Rugby Football Club "
Jour de Gloire N°9
Jour de Gloire N°9, signed by French nez Bertrand Duchaufour, is a fougère fresh and spicy fragrance. It is a vivid and elegant fragrant interpretation of the short story "The Gentleman champion".
The green twist of grass and earth of the Rugby pitch, the warm hay notes of a cigar, the tonic and joyful blend of aromatic, spicy and fresh notes of Pink Gin, and woody smell of cypress trees...
The architecture of Jour de Gloire N°9 is sophisticated, structured and perfectly balanced.
A revitalizing and energizing fragrance, leaving a fresh and aromatic trail. Its spicy and radiant heart transports you to exotic horizons, evoking a breeze of freedom. The woody, herbal, and earthy base notes offer you a true escape into nature.
No wonder why Jour de Gloire N°9 is the gentleman's perfect companion for a weekend of sport with friends followed by an elegant cocktail party in town! A resolutely masculine fragrance that smells great on a sporting woman!
Olfactive pyramid of Jour de Gloire No9
Did you know?
Fougère, pronounced « foo-shair », means fern in French. The name of the fougère fragrance family refers to Fougère Royale, a perfume created by Paul Parquet in 1882, that revolutionized men's perfumery in its time.
It was the first fragrance to include the synthetic note of coumarin (derived from tonka bean) which scent varies from green grassy to sweet almond and tobacco. Fougère fragrances still remain today the most popular style of fragrances for men.
Classic fougères typically feature bergamot (fresh), lavender (aromatic), geranium (floral, green, aromatic), vetiver (earthy, woody), oakmoss (earthy) and coumarin (herbal, sweet) notes. Modern Fougères, such as Jour de Gloire N°9, are characterized by additional woody, green, herbal, spicy and even floral notes.
A complete fragrance wardrobe should always include a fougère perfume!
Made in France
Jour de Gloire N°9 is exclusively produced in France in cooperation with the French fragrance company Technicoflor.