In 2001, Filippo Sorcinelli, created LAVS, an atelier that realizes handmade liturgical vestments and other objects for the catholic cult. The first perfume extract of UNUM, LAVS, was inspired by the holy oils of the Mass of the Chrism. It was initially used to perfume the ornements of the sacred vestments. The LAVS atelier realized sacred vestments for, among others, the two last popes: Benedetto XVI and Francesco.
Filippo, born in Mondolfo (Italy), started his artistic journey with a Master of Arts in Fano and worked for many contemporary artists. In parallel, he studied music and specialized at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. He was an art director of many music festivals and participated in international exhibitions and art installations with among other, the Louvre Museum. He is co- founder and art director of UNUM perfumes.
UNUM is a mix of avant-garde and classicism, born from the idea to make the sacred vestments of the LAVS atelier even more unique. But also to embrace a new, more elitist and wider public beyond the Vatican. Perfumes that allow for a renaissance of the Middle Age and the Gothic movement. Against the superficiality of the arts and life.
Extrait of Perfume. Inspired by Ridley Scott’ film Hannibal, shot mostly in Florence, it is synaesthetically focused on the moment when Hannibal Lecter addresses a question to Clarice: “Would you say to me: stop, if you love me stop?” It is a constant search of each other, in two different ways, in two different worlds.UNUM
Extrait de Parfum (chypre, woody ). I do not have hands that caress my face. Filippo Sorcinelli has dedicated the sixth fragrance of UNUM to Mario Giacomelli, in tribute to the extraordinary work of this great Italian photographer.UNUM
Extrait de Parfum (floral, fruity). Assumption of the Madone. The Madone, without knowing the corruption of the body, goes into the glory of the sky. Her dematerialization fascinates. Filippo Sorcinelli wanted to recreate the miracle in its fragrance and choosing this transparent glass was obvious: it is both pure and dematerialized.UNUM
Extrait de Parfum (woody, floral). The improvisation of the famous organist Marcel Dupré. In 1921, Marcel Dupré composed his work on the organ in live, in 4 movements. A magnificent performance at the time which unfortunately lasted only a moment. It took 3 years to Marcel Duprez to fix forever the memory of this partition on paper.UNUM
Extrait de Parfum (oriental, woody). Opus 1144, the birth of Gothic art in Saint-Denis. The choir and the facade of the Saint-Denis basilica are the architectural genesis of Gothic aesthetics. The aisles are high and the windows are twice as large, leaving the light irradiating everything inside.UNUM