Chanel recently made an official announcement that Jacques Polge is getting ready to hand over the reigns to a successor. The search led to his son, Olivier Polge, who has been working as a perfumer at International Flavors & Fragrances since 1998 and counts many excellent perfumes in his portfolio, including Balenciaga Paris, Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb, and Dior Homme. He will replace his father as Creator of Chanel Fragrances.
Jacques Polge will not be leaving Chanel right away, and the plan is to have him train Olivier and integrate him into the team. Since 1978 Jacques Polge has been not only creating Chanel perfumes, but also ensuring their preservation, and he will continue doing so for the time being.
Christopher Sheldrake will also continue his tenure as Perfumer and Director of Research and Development, and he will work with Jacques Polge, and then Olivier Polge, on developing new fragrances. Having multiple perfumers working at Chanel is nothing new, since the work load at the house requires several people handling the creation. For instance, perfumers like Maurice Roucel and François Demachy have Chanel experience under their belts.
The new Chanel arrangement will take place in September.
Chanel in-house perfumers (left to right): Jacques Polge, Olivier Polge, Christopher Sheldrake