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Dab a spot of wet stoep brick behind your ear and off you go


Dab a spot of wet stoep brick behind your ear and off you go

*Apartment perfumer Leigh-Anne Drakes wants you to smell however the hell you want

Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

Leigh-Anne Drakes, who signs off her mails as a “curious nose”, was disinterested in the perfume industry until 10 years ago, when she noticed a shift in the space.

“Technological advancements and the utter genius of noses like Sissel Tolaas had begun to slowly displace the old, steadfast perfume traditions, the samey nonsense that clutters the commercial perfume shelves and introduced a far more interesting, conceptual space for scents that are still highly wearable.”

The photographer, who has worked in fashion, production and advertising, decided to study perfume and chemistry, and in 2019 launched *Apartment, a niche perfumery...

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