Italy is home to dreamers and stargazers. Get out of the city and closer to the land. The splendors of Rome rise behind us in the rear-view mirror of a convertible, and a fragrant wind tousles hair. This fragrance is an exciting getaway, a symptom of la dolce vita. The roads hug the constant curves of the fields and valleys that give off this miraculous scent. It has been speculated that language diversity stems from the variability of climates. Italian Leather is fluent in the Italian of Rome and the dialect drowsily murmured in the back of a cabriolet during an impromptu lover's siesta. It teams the simplicity of green aromatics with the sophisticated beauty of man made, richer notes. A lucid dream.
Tomato leaf is the first, refreshing note we experience in Italian Leather, offering a texture that is simultaneously buoyant and softly gripping. Vanilla offers a smooth segue to a taut, auburn leather. This initial trio of tomato leaf, vanilla, and leather communicates the terse, scintillating beauty of Rome; when this pattern is repeated in the next level of Italian Leather, the trio is stretched, lushly illuminated by notes indicative of a rural, idyllic change of scene.
Clary sage etches out the the low lying green shrubbery that runs into a blur as a speedy retreat is beaten from Rome. Iris speaks to the rich soil and buzzing nature of the air we encounter as we leave the city behind. Sandalwood and tolu balsam are the green yet sap rich trees that make up the rural woods. A base of resins, leather and musk conjure an image of the small, intimate cottage where humans house themselves, amidst all this fragrant nature. Rich, sweet and fundamentally lean and green, Italian Leather offers the best of town and country, of two worlds, and two renderings of beauty. Italian Leather is a gorgeous escape.
(green tomato leaf, vanilla, leather, rockrose absolute, oil of galbanum, oil of clary sage, iris concrete, vanilla bean absolute, oil of sandalwood, tolu balsam resin, opoponax resin, myrrh resin, benzoin resin, leather accord, musk)
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Clara and John Molloy, the founders of Memo Paris, met on a chair lift, between sky and earth, between two worlds, in that weightless space that brings out one’s daring side and broadens horizons. It wasn’t long before they decided to set off together on a long-distance journey. Memo, which they launched in 2007, was part of the adventure: a collection of scents from afar that take a destination and make it the point of departure for a sense-awakening epic. Each captivating fragrance serves as a threshold between the known and the unknown, an exciting invitation to openness and discovery that will surely take you on your own aromatic odyssey.