Carlen Parfums was founded in 2014 by Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow. Instinct, intuition and a measure of naiveté combined with a passion for rare and high quality materials led to the birth of Carlen. A german woman’s name that translates to free-man, Carlen is the muse inspiring a cast of irreverent, unisex fragrances that seamlessly float between and above gender. Sometimes we feel butch and sometimes we feel femme. Each Carlen perfume is designed to be distinct, directional and unique, composed with the highest quality materials.
With reverence to this androgynous muse, Carlen Parfums seeks to dismantle bonds of gender, place, and time. The Carlen laboratory applies a haptic process to scent design, yielding a suite of poetic fragrances that echo instinct and industry, element and gestalt, discipline and disorder.
Thousands of years of experimentation have offered them the means to distill, mimic, or synthesize scents of increasing complexity and delicacy. Carlen Parfums, unfettered by naturally-occurring fragrances, draws inspiration from all planes of perception—dreams, utopias, altered states, celestial visions, the collective unconscious, and fine art. Deterritorializing the sense of smell, Carlen offers a balm to transcend your environment, or a lens to enhance it.
Informed by travel, botany, fashion, psychology, music, literature, and religious custom, Carlen draws rare materials into delicate infusions, delivering all distillations in radically minimalist vessels.
We currently are carrying five of their scents: Metals, Coco Flor, Aztec Noir, Butch Femme and Men of Blame.