GALLIVANT is an award-winning indie perfume maker from London, founded and created by Nick Steward. With a 'less is more' design ethos, we believe that a quality perfume can speak for itself. It doesn't need to be loud and flashy.
GALLIVANT is an informal verb. To go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment: “She gallivanted around town”.
GALLIVANT is about celebrating the simple pleasures and exploring the everyday world around us. Places, sights, sounds, smells.
GALLIVANT is about taking the pulse of a place and drinking in the vibe. It's an antidote to our fast-paced lives .... Slow-paced, it’s about being in the moment. #slowlife #slowperfume
The fragrances are not only about capturing feelings of wanderlust, but about making life simpler – which is why GALLIVANT has designed a travel-friendly 30ml nomad sized bottle. Perfect too for fragrance wardrobes.
Gallivanting is fun and pleasurable and something everyone can do.
Nick has two decades of hands-on experience in perfume making in London and Paris. From creating for big global brands, his most recent role was as product & creative director of the pioneering cult house L’Artisan Parfumeur. Bored by the posturing of many brands, he devised GALLIVANT to get back to basics. His collection of unisex, gender-neutral eau de parfum brings a thoughtful, honest, and unfussy approach to perfumery.
"I wanted to do something clever and interesting, avoiding all the froth and hype ...
deceptively simple. Focused on beautiful perfumes, honest materials. I'm a big believer that quality always wins in the end. It's about provenance and craft, simplicity and elegance. The packaging is chic and minimalist. Less is more. Quality over quantity. Beautiful, but also practical - 'travel light!' - something pleasurable to accompany you as you go about your life.
As someone who travels a lot, who’s lived and commuted between various cities, I want smaller travel-friendly, airport-friendly sized products. For discerning travellers. I also see that my customers want to play with fragrance, to have a bit of fun with it – they don’t stick to one signature scent for life. They're developing their own fragrance wardrobe. That’s why people love our smaller size."
Nick developed the collection with perfumery’s finest materials – composed at the Art et Parfum private lab and sourcing house in Cabris, in the hills above Grasse, France, founded by legendary perfumer Edmond Roudnitska (creator of Dior's Eau Sauvage, Diorella, Diorissimo as well as fragrances for Hermès, Rochas and others).
The fragrances are handcrafted in France and hand finished in England in a genuinely artisanal, small-batch, human process – done with love and attention.
Nick, the founder of the brand, is proud to work with a network of true artisan markers in England, France and Italy. And three of the most original and interesting perfumers in the fragrance business.
Parisian Karine Chevallier has more than two decades of experience as a perfumer, including at Guerlain. She's the creator of Berlin, Istanbul, London, our award-winning Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.
Working from her lab in the Veneto region of Italy, Giorgia is the perfumer behind Amsterdam and Brooklyn by GALLIVANT. She is the protégée of Master Perfumer and 'King of Niche' Bertrand Duchaufour.
For Tokyo (another award-winning perfume!), we work with Paris-based Nicolas Bonneville. He’s created fragrances for Acqua di Parma, L’Atelier Givenchy and cult Parisian house Astier de Villatte. Nicolas was the pupil of Master Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, and also trained under Françoise Caron.