Antonio Alessandria is the consummate Sicilian gentleman with the style and elegance of a dandy and a non-wavering twinkle in his eye. At a young age he became enamored with fragrance, which in his opinion, is a form of art. He also believes there is a story behind every fragrance which can be revealed in an olfactory way. Impelled by his passion for perfumes, he followed a professional course of study then opened his own perfumery, Boudoir 36, in his native Catania, Sicily where he has built an unprecedented assortment of niche and artistic brands. Not content to remain a retailer, he developed his own line of fragrances which honor the culture and history of his homeland as well as his family and his memories. After a brief meeting at Pitti Fragranze in September 2022 I caught up with Antonio on Zoom for an exclusive interview which continues Essencional’s series focused on La Gente di Nicchia (the People of Niche).