Fashion Designer Michael Sontag
An extended portrait of fashion designer Michael Sontag for Scentury – Perfume Stories, which is an online platform that feature creative people from all over the world, and the things that connect them with perfume: fantasy, sensuality, vision, and inspiring stories. Scentury is the brainchild of Helder Suffenplan, (who is also one of the forces behind much acclaimed multi-platform and art project Upon Paper) and I was thrilled to be asked to participate with this extended portrait of my friend Michael Sontag.
“My parents never gave me the feeling that I need be afraid when leaving the house to explore the world around me. I was able to run wild in the woods and meadows, and to play with whatever nature and chance provided.” – Michael Sontag
Scents, and perfume is something that Helder cares deeply about and as he writes on the platform…
“PERFUME TELLS A THOUSAND TALES — AND EACH OF THEM BELONGS TO SOMEBODY
In 2011, when I first started to speak about my SCENTURY concept, I was staggered by the response. My friends shared with me memories of unforgettable moments, and how these are brought to life most vividly by a fragrance. I heard stories of summer days outdoors, bathed in the aroma of forests and meadows; of Asian timber temples, heavy with the fragrance of holiness; of dearly beloved grandmothers, with their own unmistakable mix of soap and musky ladies’ scent. And there were also tales of first love …
Fragrance stories are often funny, exciting, and romantic, but they can be sad or melancholy too. One thing is common to all of them however: they are intense and deeply personal! There are unique moments in life, which accompany us forever, for with the help of a certain aroma, they become deeply inscribed in our memories. And whenever the familiar fragrance crosses our path again, each cherished moment surges — unexpectedly, astonishingly, overwhelmingly — to the surface of our minds.”