THE POET AND THE PAINTER
If there’s one thing that’s flying out of The Tobacco Warehouse quicker than Quintessential Kitchen’s freshly-cooked ham it’s the Meo Fusciuni range of perfumes. “Our customers love them because they’re produced with passion and dedicated to natural smells,” says Rita Britton, referring to the celebrity-endorsed stink that is often passed off as luxury perfume today. “Meo Fusciuni is not about commerciality but is as individual as the person who wears it.”
An artisanal, Italian perfume house (named after the Sicilian herbalist doctor who founded it), Meo Fusciuni’s collection of seven fragrances were all created by its 39-year-old ‘nose’ Giuseppe Imprezzabile. “I studied herbal techniques at the pharmaceutical faculty in Parma,” says Imprezzabile who, with his shock of wiry hair and Boho-dapper style, looks somewhat out of place in the 21st Century. “Then I continued my study in anthropology and ethnobotany, and traveled to different countries. Since 2009 my life has drastically changed, and perfumery, from being my hobby, has become my full-time work.”
But whatever you do, don’t call him a perfumer: “I prefer to name my profession by the word from the ancient language of my homeland for a person who works with herbs and spices, and who is familiar with their essence — Aromatario. Maybe it comes from my professional background in natural medicine, not from my education in perfumery.”
Launching his career with a bang, Imprezzabile first created the collection of eau de toilette fragrances collectively known as The Trilogy of Journey. Individually made up of Rites de Passage, Shukran… and Ciavuru d’Amuri, the perfumes were inspired by visits to Istanbul, Morocco and Sicily. “For me to create [a perfume] is an art; a way to revive the emotions and sensations experienced,” says Imprezzabile. “So you do not merely wear perfume, but use it as a means to identify an expression of art.”
The Meo Fusciuni range has since expanded to include the eau de parfum duo Cycle of Poetry, made up of Notturno and Luce, before launching two pure parfums: Narcotico and Odor 93. And yet it is Notturno that seems to be the favourite in Imprezzabile’s portfolio. “I didn’t want for Notturno to be just an aroma, an accurate union of several aroma molecules. It has its body, character, style, sound; it is the sublimation of art. Notturno was born in the night, in the most poetic time of the day. The perfume carries accords of ink and molecules; slowly ripening, as memories, fruits; incense and sharp notes of white flowers. Imagine wet forest trees and the poet who makes his way through them barefoot.”
Meo Fusciuni fragrances cost £125 – £145 and are available to buy both in-store and online.
PYATT & HESBROOK
If Giuseppe Imprezzabile is every inch the Italian Renaissance man then Steve Titterton, the face behind the Pyatt & Hesbrook antiques/interiors shop and its namesake range of fragranced candles, could only be English. “I was a painter and decorator before I got into all this,” says the 41-year-old who hails from Ashbourne in Derbyshire. “It all started when a friend of mine wanted me to go with her to evening classes to learn how to restore furniture. She ended up dropping out after a few weeks but I really enjoyed it and so I carried on. I needed pieces to practice on and so I started going to auctions and buying antiques, and that led me to renting a space in an antiques centre in Bakewell. We opened the first Pyatt & Hesbrook shop in Ashbourne in 2011; the name coming from mine and my partner’s mums’ maiden names.”
Not that Pyatt & Hesbrook is your run-of-the-mill antiques shop. (Yawn.) Filled with rustic Georgian furniture, lush Oriental carpets, contemporary studio ceramics and gutsy abstract art, Titterton’s handsome shop is very much of the moment. “I think what separates us from other local businesses is the mix of antique and new pieces,” he says. “Also, I like lots of colour and pattern, thanks to travelling a lot in the Middle East.”
Adding an olfactory dimension to the Pyatt & Hesbrook aesthetic is Titterton’s range of six fragranced candles: Dark Amber, Fig, Sandalwood & Vetivert, Rose Myrtle & Lily of the Valley, Geranium & Patchouli, and Black Peony. “The range came about as I was looking for something a bit different to the ubiquitous brands that you see in most shops, and I wanted a quality product that doesn’t cost a fortune,” says Titterton of the candles which are crafted by a local maker in the Peak District. “The candles are hand poured in Derbyshire and the packaging is made in Yorkshire by a 100-year-old company, so the whole process supports British jobs.”
Just makes sure you follow Titterton’s rules for proper candle burning: “Always keep the wick trimmed to give an even burn and only burn for a maximum of four hours.” You have been warned.
Pyatt & Hesbrook candles cost £25 and are available to buy both in-store and online.