January 24, 2017
Clara Molloy and John Molloy of Memo Paris Fragrances
In our Creative Directors in Perfumery Series, Clara Molloy who founded Memo Paris Fragrances wrote “The name of the brand, Memo, comes from Memory. Olfaction is our most archaic sense. One of the first we explore as human beings. It’s link to our sensations of space and time and I believe, is something that has not been totally discovered by scientists. Perfumes have a strong connection to your soul, to your inner self… A fragrance can reveal you, transform you, it is far more powerful than people usually think”. Mme. Molloy works in collaboration with perfumer Alienor Massenet and has since the brand’s inception in 2006. There are five fragrances in the series Cuir Nomades, which was introduced in 2013, each evoking leathers inspired by travel and place. Irish Leather was the first, homage to Mme. Malloy’s husband and business partner John Molloy, who was born in Ireland.
Omar Sharif as Dr. Zhivago and a scene of his ice palace (1965 )
2016’s release Russian Leather is a “frozen Fougère.” Immediately upon wearing it I imagined the late Omar Sharif as Dr. Yuri Zhivago, driving a troikaas he rode through the Russian Countryside to his Ice Palace; the smell of the forest, the chill in the air as the snow falls and the scent of the horses’ leather saddles and harnesses.
Disclosure: Sebastian and I received Memo Paris Russian Leather from Europerfumes, Thank You!; opinions are our own
Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief
Photo of Russian Leather by Sebastian
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