The Story of L’Air de Rien
“How do you capture the scent of nothing, the ambience of silence?”
This was the challenge set to perfumer Lyn Harris by Jane Birkin, actress, singer, icon and keeper of the sacred Serge Gainsbourg flame. Jane wanted something that represented an essence of quietude, hints of weary books, dust and loved skin, closeness and distance. It is difficult to imagine how Lyn managed to create something that smells so awkwardly complex and yet somehow so graceful and flawless. The result, L’Air de Rien, is a uniquely intimate and nostalgic fragrance.
Seeking to capture Jane Birkin’s favourite scents and inimitable style, L’Air de Rien conjures dusty libraries and old books through earthen oak moss and a dry vanilla note. An alluring and profound amber accord is balanced against a sensual yet sweet musk. It speaks of nostalgia, intimacy and comfort.
“Jane was very different from my usual clients. People normally just come once, then leave me to create the scent, whereas with Jane it was a two-year rapport, sending vials back and forth between us.”
Perfumer Lyn Harris on the collaboration
“We talked a lot about places and things that I enjoy and are important to me – like sitting in a coffee shop in Istanbul with all the cats under the table. It was like she was trying to do a portrait of me in scent.”
Step into Jane’s world