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INSIDE THE ATELIER OF LOLA JAMES HARPER

Step into the Parisian studio of Rami Mekdachi founder of cult home fragrance label Lola James Harper as he introduces us to his creative world and wanderlust inspirations. Discover how to curate different spaces in your home for creativity, relaxation and romance with the power of scent…

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Rami Mekdachi, Founder & Creative Director Of Lola James Harper.

Like most creatives worth their salt Rami doesn’t fit nicely into any one box. He is a storyteller of the senses, mostly through photography, music, writing, movie directing and, unusually, also perfumery.

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The development room of Lola James Harper Atelier.

He fine-tuned his nose with a little help from some of the industry's finest such as Pierre Bourdon, one of the legendary perfumers behind Frédéric Malle. Pierre was the creator of French Lover and Cool Water for Davidoff which revolutionised men's fragrance in the 1980s, and his protégé Benoist Lapouza is the author of By Killian Angels’ Share and several scents for Fendi for men. Rami adds “We met when I was 26, and for a few years they shared with me their love and understanding of the fragrance art. Since then I have had the chance to meet other great perfumers and to fall even more in love with perfumery and its poetry.”

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Rami takes his inspiration for photography and scent from memories and places, a shot from his road trip series.

Lola James Harper was born to gather all my amazing encounters and memo

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The ground floor of their Atelier in the Batignolles neighbourhood of Paris.

Rami paints us a picture of his Parisian atelier, “it is in the Batignolles neighbourhood, two floors filled with scents, sounds, photography, words, plants, writing and painting tools, music instruments and a good coffee machine. The ground floor has an archive of road-trip photography hanging, a turntable always playing, a big table with some ink and brushes to draw some mindsets on paper, a nice space to welcome friends, a console with our full collection of Lola James Harper candles and fragrances and so many shelves with my archives of scents of places I love that I will use someday. Downstairs there is a TV room to watch our movie WITH and to edit our new movies, and next to it is our music studio with guitars, drums and microphones to play and record together.”

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The Surf Shop candle lights in the recording studio of the Parisian atelier.

Rami recommends: Scents to unwind:

Redefining the spaces within our home throughout our day can be challenging, especially when it comes to relaxation. Rami advocates “regressing to a nice chill moment with the help of the Promenade candle based on the Vincennes woods in the Parisian suburbs to just remember those quiet moments in nature.”

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Promenade Candle

LOLA JAMES HARPER

€40.00

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Rami recommends: Scents for creativity:

Finding your creative spark under the current limitations can be tough. Rami muses “it depends on the type of creativity I want to boost, but usually, I would light the Vinyl Store candle and put rock or hip hop on vinyl super loud.“

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Vinyl Store Room Spray

LOLA JAMES HARPER

€40.00

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Rami recommends: Scents for romance:

For Rami “The most romantic scent would be Just Say Yes eau de toilette a composition of rose and cardamom. For an at-home date night, Rami suggests that we “think about the scent, the music, the light and all the elements that catch the eyes. There is no good smell or good taste or good music or a good outfit but there is definitely the fragrance, taste, music, and outfit that share our real face.”

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Just Say Yes

LOLA JAMES HARPER

€60.00

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