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Elizabeth Wightman was my great grand-mother. She founded a ranch in the Sierra Nevadas in the 1800s, when neither grace nor style were required or desired. Her spirit of determination and independence went hand in hand with her romantic nature and classic elegance. She was the obvious inspiration for my business.
Scent is a potent reminder of our past. My strongest memories are the scents of summer as a kid on Elizabeth's ranch. Violets, roses, lilacs, and magnolias surrounded the house, while inside, the kitchen was filled with freshly picked lavender, rosemary, and sage. Fragrance enveloped me and became my fascination. Before launching into the rarefied air of the perfume world, I was an architect. In 1995, I devoted myself to my true passion and created a perfumery.
I knew how to design a building and constructing fragrances follows similar lines: a well balanced foundation is required to support the heart and top notes. As with architecture, I also knew there were fragrances for the masses and perfumes that speak to the individual. From the exterior design of a product to the scent inside, I seek to touch the individual with my elizabethW collections. They are clean, simple, sophisticated, elegant, and totally original. They reflect an emphasis on quality and beauty, valuable lessons passed down through the generations from Elizabeth Wightman, my great grandmother.
I hope that elizabethW brings out the individual in you.