Bree Nichols is the owner and Creative Director of Nature Studios in Brooklyn. Bree creates objects that “take their cues from natural objects touched by the human hand and skewed classics that don’t negate themselves through trends and disposability”.
What comes to mind when you hear the word garden?
The garden is a place of intent versus pure nature which is chaos, but because of its beauty and because of its natural system it has its own rhythms but a garden is curated. It’s full of intent so I have this sort of immediate moving, very classic garden then also just the wild natural gardens and in my brain they kind of go into each other and synthesise.
What is the secret garden that helps you recharge your batteries?
I go to a very specific place. I suppose if I think of the most important garden in my world, I recall my upbringing on the Pacific North West coast. l was always camping on the beaches that you had climb through the forest to get to. I would say that’s the place I go to most often because of what it smells like, which is very important in any garden and of course because of the beauty of it as well
Why does everyone need a secret garden?
It’s incredibly important to make sure that you maintain a place inside yourself or around yourself that helps you find that inner calmness. It helps slough all the outside voices that can confuse you so that you can take your own notions, take your own thoughts and resolve them into what it is that you truly want to manifest in front of you: the object that you want to create, the feeling that you need to have and to be able to remove these noises and those voices is very important.
What is your favourite fragrance from Le Jardin Retrouvé?
My favourite Le Jardin Retrouve fragrance is Bois Tabac Virginia. It’s full of vetiver and smoky wood and it reminds me very much of the campfires of my childhood and how you would take the smell of them with you in your hair. I loved all of those rustic burning smells.