After graduating from design school, I travelled to Europe where my
first design job was assistant to a Perfume designer. From there I travelled Europe
connecting to my family roots and continued to work as a designer abroad developing
my illustration and finding an outlet for my feminine style within the corporate world.
'I'm going to make everything around me
more beautiful... that will be my life!' Elise de Wolfe.
Cooking has always been a creative outlet for me. After a devastating earthquake in my home
town, I found myself putting my hands into flour and water and creating pasta religiously.
Unbeknown to me at the time, it led me back to Europe to be with family and a long line of
restaurateurs and creatives where I felt at home. There I set about following my nose through
Italy to discover many things I loved in concentrated amounts. In small, remote towns I
connected with old traditions, recipes, beauty and memories of my Viennese grandmother,
watching her in her kitchen when I was a child, igniting my love of food and creativity.
The smell of gardenia, hibiscus and the sea air of the Amalfi coast, reignited my love of perfume, art,
beautiful design and inspired this collection, connecting memories and stories from an old world to a new one.
Italy and the birth places of my ancestors continue to be home and a source of inspiration
as I sit by my kitchen window, drawing, cooking and gathering scents from my
garden to bottle up memories of a time and land far away.