Nicole owns life of manek, a women's clothing boutique in Toronto. She's one of those vivacious and glamorous people with big, fun energy, but somehow she's still very relatable too. Do you know what I mean? We all know magnetizing people like that. Nicole's background is as a stylist and costume designer, informed by both modern design and timeless vintage. She should probably redo my closet.
Name: Nicole Manek
Occupation: Stylist and Owner of life of manek
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Where do you currently reside?: Toronto, Canada
Favorite MCMC fragrance: LOVE
When did you first start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: I can't even remember. My guess would be 10 or 11.
If you were a plant, what would you be?: Grass. The kind on suburban front lawns. Freshly cut, of course.
What's in your fridge right now?: Are you kidding me?! I have a two year old. What's NOT in my fridge. White wine, healthy kids stuff, prosciutto for Mama and more milk than you could ever imagine. Oh, and hummus. Lots of hummus.
Three words that describe you: Honest, indulgent, dedicated
So honored to be in Glamour Magazine this month along with a kick-butt group of women beauty entrepreneurs. Below is an excerpt. Check out pages 160-162 of the March issue for the full article.
"I loved my interior design job but felt unfulfilled," explains Brooklyn-based McClain. "I randomly signed up for a natural perfume making class one evening and just fell in love with it." From there she got serious and enrolled in the prestigious Grasse Institute of Perfumery in the South of France - but when she announced her plan to start her own fragrance line, she got blank stares from her class; many of her peers had come from storied perfume families in which scent-making is a passed down tradition, not something you just pick up. But McClain was undeterred: "I just wanted a perfume to match my style."
Last week lovely couple Nicolas and Marisa visited our studio in Greenpoint as part of the Brooklyn stop on their world travels. Heading out from their home in San Francisco, they are visiting dozens of countries in the next few months, stopping in at all the interesting shops, studios, restaurants and bars on their radar, and documenting them on their blog, The Urban Vikings. Nicolas is a long-time fan of our Dude No.1 Beard Oil and Marisa is a new fan of our HUNTER perfume oil. Safe travels you two, and thank you for the photos!
We are so lucky to work alongside such talented and smart women everyday at the Dobbin Mews, our shared studio space. It's hard to get everyone in one photo, but here's our best try. From left: RJ, Katie (me!), Helen, Nicolette, Fay, Julie, and Jennifer. Still missing Stephanie, Minh, Erica, Tara, and Emily.
The other day I received an email with the subject line "Happy New Year from a MAINE fan." A friend of a friend, Sarah Krasley told me about the very important role our MAINE candle plays in her New Year's ritual.
Every New Year's Day, amidst the pieces of confetti on the floor that came home with me from the festivities of the night before, I buy a bunch of the whitest tulips I can find, play that song from Graceland that goes "Somebody say 'hello, hello, hello'" and pull out a pristine white paper canister that holds MAINE. The clary sage in the fragrance mix clears out any lingering juju from the year before and overall it is just a perfect, clean scent for a fresh start. The scent has a teeny sharpness to it, like the cold air piercing the winter sky all wrapped up in flowery kindness, the well-needed reminder of what will come in a few months...Spring.
Please join us this Saturday for our annual Dobbin Mews holiday party. We will have sips + bites while you shop for gifts from the many talented designers we share a space with.
Recently David Plotz from Slate came by to interview me for another installation of his series "What do you do all day?". I was nervous to listen at first (isn't it nerve-wracking to hear your own voice?) but I have to say, I'm proud! I kept my cool. Thanks Slate for coming in and asking such interesting questions about small-batch perfume making. Give a listen below: