Miller Harris tell contemporary urban stories through complex fragrances. We start with nature – with distinct greens and woods, with carefully sourced floral notes, iris from Florence, French violet leaf, jasmine from Egypt, Tunisian orange flower – but we frame these precious botanicals in complex and unconventional ways.
We honor nature by sourcing the finest raw materials and preserving the delicacy of our ingredients, then curate, combine and harmonise them to create perfumes that combine elegance with London’s eclectic street styles.
From the city’s rooftops to the hidden, lush green spaces of the capital, London perfumers Miller Harris have scoured the furthest reaches and hidden enclaves of the urban landscape to bring together HIDDEN (on the Rooftops), LOST (in the City) and WANDER (through the Parks), three innovative and highly evocative fragrances inspired by the concept of urban foraging.
Foraging, or the gathering of wild food, has been essential throughout human existence and has enjoyed a resurgence of interest over recent years with the rise of the creative foodie movement.
In the countryside, the wealth of wild ingredients is obvious, however, if one knows where to look, there are hidden treasures to be discovered in the city too...
Our perfumers set out on a mission to create fragrances inspired by ingredients which can be discovered growing wild in London and this initial series of three fragrances are their interpretations. The starting points of a wider range of urban foraging-inspired scents, each of these perfumes present a dynamic contrast between nature and the built environment and also examines the ways in which the two creatively co-exist. Just as the city sends tendrils ever further into Nature, so Nature surges back through the urban sprawl, pushing up through concrete cracks and finding unexpected oases in which to prosper, pulse and propagate. Strong, deep roots impel the pavement flower. Honey is made at rooftop apiaries. Wild fruits ripen behind locked gates, in parkland shadows, just over there...
In keeping with Miller Harris’ environmental principles, the packaging uses sustainable or recycled materials in surprising new ways, teaming up with Smile Plastics, whose unique composites are made from waste materials, from bottle tops to yogurt pots, to create distinctive and beautiful fragrance holders which can be reused as keepsake boxes.
OUR MUSE FOR FORAGE
We walked with John Renston, the urban forager, who said: “As London’s a micro-climate, everything has extended growing seasons, with a lot of wild plants that aren’t bothered that it’s a city.
“It’s warmer here, that’s all they care about. You also have a lot more feral plants that have escaped people’s gardens. You throw all that together and London is actually 47% open and green spaces.
We tend to think it’s a big blob of grey surrounded by green, but it’s more like inter-locking tendrils of green and grey.”
“We are looking for an immersive experience, as choosing a fragrance is such a personal and emotive journey. We wanted to elicit a sensorial response to the fragrance and showcase the storytelling of so many of our perfumes.”
Sarah Rotheram, chief executive of Miller Harris
Miller Harris concept stores
Every Miller Harris store is designed around a muse reflecting the Miller Harris world. Working with the design studios Fabled studio, the brief was to convey a British fragrance house rooted in the modern bohemian spirit of contemporary London. Rebellious luxury leads boutique innovator, an immersive space to reflect a creative and hedonistic heart.