For any new brand entering the luxury market one of the first desires is to be featured on the shelves of Harvey Nichols – this is no easy thing to achieve. 14 months ago I entered the Edinburgh store with Imogen from Kingdom Scotland discussing this very subject and today received this press release from the head of PR.
Harvey Nichols is delighted to announce that the debut perfume collection from Scotland’s first fragrance house, Kingdom Scotland, is now available instore in Edinburgh.
Drawing on Scotland’s cultural heritage and on images and textures of the natural landscape, the fledgling fragrance house showcases Scotland in an innovative, contemporary context. With a background in the world of luxury whisky and a fascination in the elemental natural landscape, founder Imogen Russon-Taylor has created an evocative and modern perfume house.
As in the art of distilling whisky, each fragrance is carefully crafted using only the finest natural and aromatic ingredients, which are expertly selected and blended. Every fragrant release is then slowly matured until it’s ready to bottle. From start to finish, each unique batch is individually numbered, bottled and packaged in Edinburgh. The glass bottles are both classic and timeless.
Following in the footsteps of other unisex perfume pioneers, all three fragrances are designed to appeal to both men and women.
‘Scotland deserves a fragrance house of quality and creative expression,’ Russon-Taylor argues. ’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. We live in such a digital age where sight and sound take centre stage. I want to celebrate scent and encourage people to explore and enjoy it more.’
ABOUT THE DEBUT COLLECTION
ALBAURA Eau de Parfum 50ml (RRP £110)
A fragrance in tribute to the Scottish botanist and Arctic explorer – Isobel Wylie Hutchison. Albaura captures the freshness of snow and glacial ice, blended with berries and botanicals, with a sophisticated base. Ideally worn during the day.
Top notes: Iced Botanicals
Heart notes: Arctic Poppy
Base notes: Atlas Cedar Absolute, Rock Moss & Ambergris
PORTAL Eau de Parfum 50ml (RRP £110)
A transporting herbaceous and woody scent, invitingly fresh. A gateway to the ancient Caledonian forests of Scotland. Ideally worn day – evening.
Top notes: Herbaceous Botanicals & Bergamot Heart notes: Verdant Flora
Base notes: Vetiver & Scots Pine
METAMORPHIC Eau de Parfum (RRP £110)
A scent inspired by metamorphic rock and the geology of Scotland. This fragrance also references Russon-Taylor’s love of Islay Malt whisky – with a smouldering, spicy aspect that is softened with the heart of incense and dark rose. Complex and rich, with an intense transformation on the skin. Ideally worn at night-time.
Top notes: Black Pepper and Tobacco
Heart notes: Incense, Minerals, Islay Malt & Rose Absolute Base notes: Amber Resin & Leather
I’m a fan – next time you are in, stop and seek it out, these are fragrances that live beyond their description, they are both distinct and unique. Let me know what you think?