Lola James Harper
If you’ve blessed your olfactory senses with a whiff of a Lola James Harper scent, you know that the Paris-based company is different than other candle purveyors.
Lola James Harper was founded by Rami Mekdachi in 2013. Rami is a photographer, musician, creative director, husband and father. That last part is important. Rami told Wonderland that it was his kids that came up with Lola James Harper. “My daughter came up with LOLA, as this was the name she used for her dolls. My son loves LeBron James, hence JAMES. And then together we tried to find a name with a musical tie – HARPER.” Harper is a nod to both Ben Harper, the musician, the harp, the stringed instrument, says Rami.
Rami has a certain way with scents. Lola James Harper’s many, many slices of olfactory bliss aren’t necessarily based on what smells goods, but rather on happy, positive memories. For Rami, the scents he creates are about unpacking each memory and moment in time. What was the mood and how can he convey that mood through an odour, so that someone sitting in their living room in Montreal can feel how he felt in that moment.
That’s why the brand’s candles —and room sprays!— carry names like “Coffee Shop”, “Rainy Days”, “Movie Theatre” and “213 rue Saint-Honoré Air”. They are references to the memories and moods they conjure up, not the smells themselves.
If the last candle we named, “213 rue Saint-Honoré Air”, sounds familiar, it’s because that’s where Colette —the now defunct, but legendary Parisian boutique— stood. If you were ever lucky enough to stop in, chances are you’ll remember one thing about the store above all else : the scent.
You could smell it wafting down Saint-Honoré from blocks away, and it seemed seared into your nostrils for hours after leaving Colette. “213 rue Saint-Honoré Air” is more than just an ode to Colette’s memorable scent, though. See, Rami is the one who developed the iconic boutique’s unrivalled smell, so he’s unique placed to offer us the hallowed odour.
Like others, we were drawn to Lola James Harper’s essence, rather than snappy marketing and branding. Through scents, Rami conveys a world of travelling, music, family, friends and passion. Those are the things Lola James Harper is truly about and that’s what we have in common with Rami.
While Lola James Harper doesn’t offer shipping to Canada, they do make an exception for us. That makes us your destination —the destination, really— for the company’s moody scents in Canada. We’ll be launching the “213 rue Saint-Honoré Air” candles and room sprays shortly and we have some big plans for 2018 with Rami and his team.
If you want to travel into Rami’s memories, come by our Old Montreal store and treat yourself to a sniff, or shop online here.