Kathleen Currie moved to the French Quarter - and it in turn moved her.
The inspirational map of this town is as powerful as the Mississippi's current, hence Currie's story echoing that of many New Orleans based creatives. In 2010 she created a signature scent for herself while learning about essential oils. Three years later that artisan perfumed oil is the spark behind Smoke. When I initially heard about the product I thought it would be a tobacco-y, perhaps hickory infused blast to the olfactory system. Wrong. I questioned Kathleen about her start and the final product to which she replied, "It was a very creative time in my life and the scent suited where I was at that moment. It took on a life of it's own and I began taking steps to launch it - slowly developing the recipe more, finding a designer [to brand the business]. The scent is actually a complex light wood with notes of citrus and a vetiver base. It wears beautifully and has a soft powdery essence. Smoke is a unisex product, and that's important to me."
Her stockists include: Blue Dream Vintage, Buff Beauty Bar, Dalaga, Defend New Orleans, Duo, Friend, In God We Trust, Kiss and Makeup, Love Adorned, Mociun, and Söpö. The boutique shopping experience and personalized atmosphere of these locations appeals to Kathleen and her mission. "This is definitely something I am pursuing as a business. My target market is the intrepid consumer who appreciates the smaller scale and uniqueness of an artisanal product. Someone who wants to discover a fragrance for themselves, and not just buy one off the shelf from a large department store." When I asked about her timeline and expectations for Smoke in the near future she replied, "I would like to grow to a larger operation, though there's no specific timeline for me. I'm just trying to keep moving forward and keep growing at a scale that is reasonable for me at this point. I'm still a 'one woman band', so keeping the integrity of the product while continuing to move forward is something I'm always trying to balance."
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