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The "Roses at the Cape of Good Hope"

Marioara de la Tara · 27 March 2018


Inspired by Gwen Fagan’s book Roses at the Cape of Good Hope, the Rosaria parfum extract tells the story of the roses that ever arrived in Southern Africa…

When the business needed to move into a bigger space the decision was made to purchase a corner block on Pepper Street and New Church Street. The building was run down so plans were made to restore and enlarge the space. It just so happened that the office of Fagan Architects was next door and they were tasked with the project.

One of the first questions asked by Gwen Fagan, who has assisted her husband Gawie with his projects for many years, was: “What exactly is going to happen inside this building?”

She heard the story of Wild Olive Artisans and as a passionate horticulturist and big fynbos enthusiast, she shared with me her knowledge of the plants. In return I complained to her about my lack of inspiration for a perfume around the smell of roses. Gwen recommended to me her book “Roses at the Cape of Good Hope”. This book is a meticulous catalogue of each rose species that ever arrived in the Cape, and their stories. Some of the species are now extinct.

This moment inspired a perfume that addresses the subtle point of the book: the ephemeral quality of beauty and its importance in our lives.

Mrs. Fagan’s book “Roses at the Cape of Good Hope” is available from our shops in Cape Town and Bucharest.