One of the perks of living in NYC is meeting lots of people with really interesting jobs. Take Julia Zangrilli, perfumer and founder of NOVA, an indie fragrance brand based in Brooklyn. You’ve probably spotted the brand’s retro-inspired bottles gracing the shelves of stores like Urban Outfitters and Opening Ceremony.
Julia moved to New York in 2003 to follow her passion for acting and music; however, it was a close friend that inadvertently steered her in a different direction. After brunch one day in New York’s East Village, they stumbled across a shop stocked with an array of essential oils. Julia’s friend noticed how she came to life when she smelled them, and it wasn’t long before that same friend spotted a class on the topic in New York Magazine. Julia signed up immediately.
After completing the course, she traveled to Grasse, France (the perfume capital of the world) to take an intensive session at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery. It was there that she received a certificate in raw materials. Fast forward a few years later to 2012 when she launched her label, NOVA, which means ‘a star that increases in brightness then slowly returns to its natural state’, much like a fragrance when spritzed on the skin.
Julia invited me into her Brooklyn home that also doubles as her fragrance studio, and shared how she begins her day, the inspiring podcasts that she has on repeat, her very first fragrance addiction, plus, insider tips on how to find your signature scent.
*Photography & Styling by Alison Engstrom