"Monserrat was the second perfume I ever showed in a gallery. I wanted to revisit the fruity-floral, but in a grown-up way, without any fruit punch or candy notes. I showed it alongside paintings with soft, sun-faded colors. I was inspired by Italian fresco paintings (murals painted directly into wet, setting plaster). The fragrance is named for a paint color with a soft apricot/orange quality.
"The fragrance uses Osmanthus absolute, which has a delightful apricot note but also a very earthy/funky undertone, so it needs to be dosed carefully. That subtle earthiness grounds the fragrance and makes it feel real and human."