Meet Josh Meyer, the creator of Imaginary Authors– one of the most sincere, naturally talented and downright humble perfumers in the world of niche and indie perfumery…
Tell me a little about your background – what did you study and what path led you to what you’re doing now?
I’ve always been exceptionally interested in concepts with deep well of exploration. Part of what makes creating perfume interesting to me is not having a formal education, and often times working backwards to find the scent at it’s highest point.
How do you begin each work?
Each perfume starts with a concept of a few ingredients which would create something more than the sum of their parts. Then it’s fragrant sketching over and over to see if there is a formula which is worth filling out to create depth.
Are there other artists in your family?
Within my immediate family, my Dad is a amateur photographer.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love surfing the Oregon coast, playing tennis, reading every day, cocktails, eating with friends, and experiencing all the fun culinary projects happening in the PNW right now. Food and drink seem very tied to the olfactory reward of perfume.
What would be your dream project?
Really, I already have it. I love it so much! Because it’s solitary, I also really value working with others, I jump at the chance to work with other creatives.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I have a hard time saying any one thing is the ‘Best’ because there are so many facets that are so extraordinary. However, being able to connect with people via the silent language of scent is easily at the top of the list.
What are you looking forward to professionally?
I want nothing more than to keep making perfume for a long, long time. It’s really rewarding and exciting.
Which designers, artists or creative people are you inspired by?
Tons, there are sooo many. Perfume related, I love Slumberhouse, and the recent Black Flower by Dame is super good and exciting. Perfume in particular is a lot like painting, and i’ve been excited to see more oil painting by Tyler Warren.
What was your inspiration for the bottle design?
The inspiration for the bottle design is primarily from the scent itself, we want to accurately give color, shape and tone to the scent inside the bottle. Similarly, the stories for the Imaginary Authors all tie in to the scents vibe as well as locations for sourcing the oils and lots of easter eggs throughout the line.
Thank you, Josh!