One of our favorite parts of meeting makers of all kinds is getting to ask a complete stranger, “tell me the story of your life.” Everyone of them excites us, teaches us, and moves us to a new level of understanding our own story. While our role in these interviews borders on scientific observation, they are routinely, unpredictably dynamic. We leave them feeling more connected to the world, the person, and the mission each represents. At the very least we’re inspired; at best, infected with hope.
Kathleen Currie’s story lives beyond a product and a business model. Conceiving and cultivating a brand is hard work for anyone, and might be thought of as impossible with two other concurrent rent-paying day jobs. Improbable as it was, Kathleen’s line of essential oil perfumes began as a few faithful drops on a mixing palette, and coalesced into an artisan adventure.
This is the story of Smoke and one woman’s vaporous path to finding what she was made to make.