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Lyn Harris – Day 3

The perfumer on cold snaps and guilty pleasures

Lyn Harris – Day 3

Image: Mary McCartney

December 13 2012
Lyn Harris

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I wake up on this freezing cold morning to witness icicles in our roof garden. It is the first time that my son Henri has seen them and he thinks they look magical.

I take him to school and we get a little overexcited as we listen to James Arthur (winner of ITV singing contest The X Factor) on the radio. I’d never watched it before this year, but Henri loves the show and has got me obsessed. It’s my new guilty pleasure, but it is wonderful to see someone who is actually uniquely talented win.

I drop Henri off and head straight to the Miller Harris Bruton Street store to see how the team is getting on – and stop for a cup of tea, of course. We have closed the tearoom just for Christmas, but will reopen it early in 2013 with a new and very exciting concept that I am currently working on. I then pop in to Maison Martin Margiela next door to check out its new collection.

Afterwards it’s off to our head office on Upper Brook Street for my first meeting of the day with Miller Harris’s main manufacturer. Coming here is always so full on, balancing meetings with trying to catch up with the team. Sometimes it is hard to come up for breath – especially around the very busy Christmas period.

I quickly escape for lunch and to meet a girlfriend at Rose Bakery. I have some much-needed warming soup before another meeting in the afternoon with our French bottle manufacturer and his specialist designer. Later on, I sit down with my team to finalise our new product calendar and go over all my ideas for next year with them.

I leave the office in a rush, and go for a quick drink at the beautiful Connaught hotel with the owner of my fragrance house in Grasse. It is always so wonderful to catch up, as we don’t see each other that often, so it’s great to hear what they have been up to and discuss the industry news.

Then it’s time to return home to the boys and have dinner. We eat fresh spaghetti with lemon and sage, followed by a few of my favourite Melrose and Morgan mince pies. They are divine!

See also

Lyn Harris, People