Carlos Huberwasn't always an aromatic artist. He was originally drawn to architecture, especially in his hometown of Mexico City where he studied the trade and even pursued it further in Europe. But it was a move to Spain that sparked his love for scent. After working on interiors for Polo Ralph Lauren and art installations with Jorge Otero-Pailos, he studied fragrance development, working with the best in the business to pull notes from times gone by to bottle the past and the present for Arquiste, and most recently for J. Crew's No. 31 and No. 57. Glam caught up with this scent savant, as he continues to bring history to life one spritz at a time:
As I work with vendors globally, my emailing and phone conference calls with Europe or Australia tends to occur quite early in the morning.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
During the first part of the day, I normally have business meetings to discuss development, distribution plans and marketing concepts for Arquiste.
I work very closely with the perfumers when putting a new fragrance together, so we spend a lot of time testing various versions, which we call modifications. We are very meticulous and want to make sure every note and performance of the scent is beautiful and evocative.
I love to find inspiration for fragrance stories in the streets and historic sites of the cities I visit. I’m a huge history buff and I love to research how people lived in the past. I find it’s usually not as different as we think. I try to visit museum or walk around the city when I have a chance.
Staying fit is very important to me, it helps me clear my mind of the work day and provides balance, so I go to the gym as much as possible during the week.