Tony is a co-founder of BFNY, an innovative strategic scent branding agency dedicated to creating beautiful ambient and environmental aromas that communicate to, and connect people on a more emotional and visceral level. As an architect turned perfumer, he is passionate about using scent as a means of enhancing the expression of architectural form and materials.
As the son of a diplomat, Tony spent his youth abroad living in cities such as Brussels, Geneva, Ankara and Quito, where he formed an appreciation for different cultures and their unique treasures. He relies on his entrepreneurial sprit and diverse background in architecture, design, branding and perfumery to lead his agency in creating one-of-a-kind aromas for some of the most sought after clients in the world. After graduating from Columbia University with a Masters degree in Architecture, Tony started his career at Skidmore Owings & Merrill designing some of the most iconic buildings in North America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia. As a devout problem solver with a lead-by-design philosophy, Tony enjoys tackling complex design issues that require bridging the design gap across multiple disciplines. He turned to scent after realizing that for design to be truly engaging, it needed to appeal to our emotions on a more intimate level. He spent time in Paris at the Cinquieme Sens perfumery school, with the notion that scent and architecture are closely related disciplines, and as a result, he is recognized as a pioneer in the field of sensory architecture.
A phenomenologist at heart, he has always felt that form, light, sound, touch, color and scent - experiences that we get from the senses, play a crucial part in how we engage with and understand the world around us. His interest in shaping the experiences of people in the spaces we inhabit, has led the the crafting of BFNY as a premiere scent design and branding company focused on the idea of sensory architecture as a means to fully and more emotionally integrate how we engage with people and our environments in daily life. Additionally, he and Meredith are co-creators of their celebrated "Belle Fleur" niche line of home fragrances that have been sold at select luxury retail establishments from New York to Hong Kong.
"Scent should be added to every designers toolkit and considered an important building material. It has the ability to shape and transform the spaces we inhabit, and influence how we interact with, and experience our built environment."
Jerome is a perfumer at the top of his game. Highly in demand having achieved commercial successes with his aromas, he's a two-time winner of the Fragrance Foundation's Perfume Extraordinaire Award. He hails from the Burgundy region of France and trained as a biochemist and perfumer. Perfumery isn't his only talent however. Jerome is an accomplished chef, golfer and wine connoisseur.
Hailing from a dynasty of French perfumers, and an accomplished perfumer himself, Lucas decided early in life that he would dedicate himself to a life guided by the inspiration to create beauty through the senses. He is the recipient of the Prix Lalique for perfumery and has created notable aromas for brands such as Armani, Carolina Herrera and Comme des Garcons.