ROJA DOVE

Hav­ing re­cently re­leased Ely­sium Pour Homme, the epony­mous cre­ator of one of the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous per­fume brands tells of his sources of in­spi­ra­tion

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Takes Five -

1 THÉOULE-SURMER ON THE CÔTE D’AZUR

When I want to switch off, I go to this small vil­lage on the Bay of Cannes. The villa we stay at hangs on the edge of a hill and looks straight out over the sea, where you’ll see Nice and Cannes twin­kling in the dis­tance. I love be­ing el­e­vated and look­ing onto wa­ter. Some­where in the sun, I’m in my el­e­ment.

DAVID BECK­HAM

He’s my style icon, not so much for the way he looks but be­cause he has done more to free men from the shack­les of stereo­typ­i­cal mas­culin­ity than al­most any­one. He has made wear­ing fra­grances not only ac­cept­able but fash­ion­able, some­thing I didn’t think was pos­si­ble when I was grow­ing up.

2 SMALL, IN­DE­PEN­DENT PERFUMERS

Per­fumery is un­der­go­ing the same change as the cos­met­ics in­dus­try did 15 years ago. There’s been a back­lash against big main­stream brands, and names like Fred­eric Malle, Kil­ian and Le Labo are just a few of the brands of to­mor­row. They started like us, per­ceived as small. They don’t at­tract the type of con­sumer who still wants to buy the lat­est fash­ions with the big lo­gos, but the cognoscente look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent—prod­ucts that are uniquely theirs; le­git­i­mate and au­then­tic.

3 MANGE TOUT

Since I’m based in Lon­don dur­ing the week, the week­ends are al­most al­ways spent at my house in Brighton, which is by the beach. I love to spend my Sun­days hav­ing brunch with friends at my favourite restau­rant, Mange Tout. What do you want when you walk into a restau­rant? It’s sim­ple. You want a friendly smile that greets you at the door. You want great ser­vice. And you want de­li­cious, un­pre­ten­tious food. Mange Tout ticks all of those boxes and more.

5 MY PERFUMER’S OR­GAN

Named af­ter the mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, this tool­box of sorts holds small eye­drop­per bot­tles with 238 tinc­tures, resinoids, ab­so­lutes and es­sen­tial oils that com­prise the build­ing blocks of ev­ery sin­gle per­fume I cre­ate. This is where each story be­gins. With a cus­tom-made leather Dun­hill case, it also folds neatly into a piece of hand lug­gage should a client re­quire me to pay them a visit.

“THERE’S A LINK BE­TWEEN ARTISTS AND PERFUMERS. WE ARE PAINT­ING PIC­TURES BUT IN­STEAD OF PAINT, WE AL­LOW RAW MA­TE­RI­ALS TO EX­PRESS OUR VI­SION, US­ING THE LAN­GUAGE OF PER­FUME”

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