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If this Nar­ciso per­fume bot­tle could talk....

Okay, so you’re think­ing that Ro­driguez named me af­ter him­self be­cause this project is all about him. Yes, I’m a nod to his name—but also to his grand­fa­ther and fa­ther, af­ter whom he is named. I’ll let him ex­plain: “Grow­ing up, this name was a bur­den. We were this Latino fam­ily who moved into a sub­urb where there were only kids with blond hair

and green eyes. It was re­ally tough to go to school with a name like mine be­cause no one could pro­nounce it. I had al­ways wanted to be called ‘Thomas.’ It wasn’t un­til I started com­ing to New York to at­tend Parsons [the New School for De­sign] and people

in clubs would ask me what my name was be­fore I changed it to Nar­ciso. That’s when I thought ‘Hmm, maybe this is a good thing!’” Can you imag­ine wear

ing a scent called Thomas? (Oops! His hus­band’s name is Thomas Tolan, so never

say never.) ■

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