This week have have perfumer Kitty Shpirer. She is the founder and perfumer of niche brand Bissoumine. The line consists of eight perfumes, my favorite is the wonderful Les Fleurs de Nall, I only did short, first-impression-style mini-reviews of the first six releases.
Kitty is such a kind and nice person, her line is one where you can feel the personal touch. It is not a marketing driven business, but a labor of love.
Let us get to know Kitty a bit better.
A good day starts with… a cup of coffee and a quiet moment.
I’d never leave the house without… my iPhone.
My favorite thing in the world is… a beautiful kinetic model, made for me by my husband for my birthday, imitating bird’s flight while playing music from a music box. It is like a time tunnel, as if you are in a dream.
The next thing I want to buy is… a new car.
The place I always come back to is… Les Jardins du Musée International de la Parfumerie in Grasse. A pleasant and magical garden where plants used in perfumery are gathered from all over the world. One can smell, touch and dream.
My personal style is… casual for everyday and some 20’s inspiration when I am in the mood to play.
When I travel, I… am looking for inspiration and ideas.
To relax I need… to be in a peaceful garden with friends and have a good laugh.
I like to gift people with… things I personally made for them.
When I have a bad day, I… take a warm perfumed bath while listening to music.
I find my inspiration… in different forms of the arts, in interesting insights, in nature.
Something I would never want to miss… a good inspiring concert.
My last mistake was… reacting too fast.
In my fridge there is always… milk for coffee.
On my nightstand I keep… the iPad and the book I read.
The perfect weekend starts with… a great cup of coffee at our favorite bookshop with all the other “regular” week-end clients.
My role model is… in perfumery: the courage and determination of Gabrielle Chanel and the creative sensibility of Christopher Sheldrake.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… What’s next? Coming next is Bissoumine’s 9th perfume “aria sublime”, dedicated to renowned counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, whose voice inspires me for many years. He has composed a baroque piece dedicated to the perfume… a lot of excitement for me.
Kitty likes her coffee! I can identify with many of her answers, I really envy the quiet and leisurely Saturday mornings in the book store.
As for the upcoming perfume, I received a sample of aria sublime and will report back once I’ve tested it thoroughly, my first impression is that this is a very unusual perfume, and having smelled a few in my time, that is not something I can say very often.
Do you know anything from Bissoumine? What do you think?