Carlos Huber for Ally – Director’s cut from Bas Berkhout.





Drawn to the magical skyline of his hometown of Mexico City — a mix of Aztec, Spanish Colonial, Beaux Arts and Modern structures, Carlos Huber first pursued the study of architecture at prestigious universities there and in Paris. A move to Spain awakened his love for the aromatic environments of the Mediterranean, and strengthened his interest in architectural history. This led him to New York City, where he graduated with honors in Historic Preservation at Columbia University.


His experience in the world of luxury retail, creating meticulously detailed interiors for Polo Ralph Lauren, provided a unique opportunity to design commercial spaces with historical references. A more in-depth exploration of the past came with his involvement in the experimental projects of architect and Columbia professor Jorge Otero-Pailos, working on art installations that analyze the role of non-visual cues in the interpretation of historic sites.


Turning to his longtime love of perfumery, Huber studied fragrance development and collaborated with internationally recognized noses Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier in order to recapture the olfactive notes of historical moments.


In addition to his work for ARQUISTE Parfumeur, Huber has worked with brands like Cire Trudon, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, J.Crew and El Palacio de Hierro to create their bespoke, signature scents.


His evocative and complex creations honor history and embrace modernity. As he says, “They transport us to another place in time”.