Imo­gen Russon-Tay­lor – Per­fumier

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In­spired by the story of Scot­land, Imo­gen Russon-Tay­lor has cre­ated Scot­land’s first fra­grance house. ‘Mak­ing per­fume is like cre­at­ing art, and I some­times strug­gle to put down the brush,’ she laughs. But her range of three per­fectly cu­rated uni­sex fra­grances are all tied to their Scot­tish her­itage.

‘Meta­mor­phic’ chan­nels the com­plex ge­ol­ogy of the coun­try with a smok­i­ness that also gives a nod to a peated whisky. ‘Por­tal’ is a gate­way to our an­cient pine­for­ests, a herba­ceous and woody scent with berg­amot, ve­tiver and pine. While ‘Al­baura’ in­vokes the fresh­ness of ice with flo­ral poppy at its heart.

Imo­gen de­vel­oped her nose for busi­ness in the whisky in­dus­try, which no doubt also helped to fine tune her sense of smell.

King­dom make, ma­ture and bot­tle all of their per­fumes in Ed­in­burgh and even the pack­ag­ing and logo de­sign pay homage to the cap­i­tal, us­ing a type­face that was de­signed by Miller & Richard, a type foundry that closed its doors in the city in 1952.

‘Scot­land de­serves a fra­grance house of qual­ity and creative ex­pres­sion,’ says Imo­gen. ‘Scent has that unique abil­ity to trans­port you to a mem­ory, a place, a mo­ment in time. I want to cre­ate that sense of place in my fra­grances. There is so much plea­sure to be had through our sense of smell.’

The King­dom col­lec­tion is avail­able on­line and in Har­vey Ni­chols’ Ed­in­burgh store. Smell of suc­cess: Imo­gen Russon-Tay­lor takes an ol­fac­tory tour of Scot­land.

‘Scent has a unique abil­ity to trans­port you to a mem­ory’

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