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sneak peek: anne mcclain of mcmc fragrances

by Amy Azzarito


In 2005 while living in Brooklyn, Anne McClain became so inspired by the creativity and enthusiasm surrounding her that she decided to follow her own budding passion — perfumery! It was difficult to find courses on the topic, so after studying on her own for several years, Anne applied to the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in southern France. The Institute accepts only twelve students a year. Even though she only had six weeks between learning of her acceptance and the start of the term, Anne packed her bags and moved to Grasse. She graduated with honors in 2009 and returned to Brooklyn to start MCMC Fragrances. Anne creates all of her fragrances in this Greenpoint apartment with its shingled walls, rooftop desk and greenhouse — it must smell amazing! Thanks Anne! And a big thank you to Jewels of New York for the photographs! (Don’t miss the Jewels of New York Sneak Peek!) Amy A.

I lived in this apartment for three years prior to going to Grasse. When I decided to move there, my boyfriend moved in so I could keep the apartment. On his second visit to France, he proposed while we were in Paris. José (co-founder of public art initiative Trust Art) and I were married this past June in McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, and had the reception (and dance party!) on our roof. The Jewels of New York catered. The wood shingles were already in place when we moved in, and from the beginning it looked like a tree house. Our apartment is the only one in the building, so we’re lucky to have so much outdoor space, including a large greenhouse and rooftop to ourselves. Consequently, we like to think of it (and decorate it like) a secluded treehouse.


Image above: This is my lab, and where I create almost everything for MCMC Fragrances. My husband built the glass shelf for me as a gift when I graduated from perfumery school.


Image above: We have a really big bedroom that opens up right into the greenhouse, and roof beyond. It’s the quietest and calmest room in the house. The dreamcatcher is new; I got it at the Brooklyn Flea for $3 just a few weeks ago!

CLICK HERE for more of Anne’s Brooklyn apartment!


Image above: We call this our “shrine” — it’s where we keep our mementos like postcards we’ve written each other, ticket stubs from cool trips and shells.


Image above: I have an antique bottle collection that I use when people order custom fragrances, or if they need a really cool wedding gift.


Image above: The ink drawings behind the sink are by my Mom.


Image above: A friend of ours was working on an art project to purify Newton Creek in Greenpoint (it’s one of the ten current Trust Art projects). This is the boat he used, and we’re storing it for him while he’s in Providence. I love the way it looks on our roof!


Image above: José also built these beds for us, so we could grow herbs in the greenhouse. The herbs love it in here! José and I had our wedding reception on the roof, and we hung these photos of ourselves and our family for that occasion. The morning glory vines crept over them in the summer and it was so pretty we decided to leave it!

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