I was going to stick to his range of Eau de Parfum however one Extrait or 'pure perfume' seduced me and I couldn't live without it! 'Ziryab' is my current paramour and I am utterly entranced. It is named after one of those rare historic polymaths who make one feel rather inadequate and Ziryab (born 789 AD) or Parjaro Negro (Blackbird) is as inspirational as the fragrance itself. It is not known if he was of African, Arabic of Persian origin however his career flourished at the Court of Granada were he became a renowned musician, fashion designer, mathematician, cosmologist, botanist, composer, poet, singer, meteorologist, chef.... well you get the picture!!
Top: Mandarin, Petit grain, Cinnamon, Mace - Macis Flower
Middle: Jasmine, Patchouli, Clove, Nutmeg, Oak moss
Bottom: Ambergris, Dark Amber Woods, Chypre
Ricardo is an incredibly exuberant olfactory ambassador and totally charming and we were like two excitable children comparing notes. Fortunately for me he had some samples of his work with him and it was a real privilege to smell them with their creator and learn about their inspiration and the incredible ingredients that he has used. His background is no less fascinating as he is half Columbian and half Spanish and a successful Fashion Designer to boot! Incredibly well travelled with qualifications in historic textile conservation, Ramos is also an avid collector of ancient banknotes (!!!) so this is a man of great passions and I think that this is abundantly apparent in his perfumes. I love talent and this man has it in spades!
We did the deal on the spot and I am extremely proud to be launching his collection exclusively in the UK this week.