Loss is an unavoidable, unsavoury part of living that’s ever-so-sour to the taste buds and completely lamentable. But for
Following the sudden passing of his dear friend
In a bid to explore the traditions of alternative cultures, Gorham found inspiration in Día de los Muertos and All Saints’ Day. “I wanted to shift my personal perspective, and it made me curious about the world in all its diverse reactions to this event,” he says. “I was presented firsthand with the contrast of the funeral and the feeling of a memorial. The contrast between a moment of mourning and a moment of celebration. And it made me realise, I didn’t want to ‘move on’, or ‘move forward’, because that implied forgetting. Instead, I wanted to create a way to celebrate my memories, to honour the beauty of life, and to translate that into scent.”
A sublime blend of musky aromatics, the resulting fragrance introduces transformative top notes of amber and the slight spice of incense grounded by iris root and mirabelle. For clarity, the olfactive pyramid is pierced by clary sage and an earthy foundation of cistus flourish in dry heat with the ingredients of ancient rituals. With just a subtle spritz on the wrist and a dab behind the ear, be prepared to lose yourself in the sacramental wisps of Palo Santo.
To accompany the launch of this ceremonial scent, Gorham collaborated with legendary photographer and director Estevan Oriol to craft a series of poignant portraits that capture the reality of Chicana style. Saluting the everyday lives and the contemporary beauty of the women of Oriol’s Los Angeles River and Silverlake community, he immortalises faces from musicians and local models to girlfriends.
De Los Santos is a warm and woody embrace, and in its essence, it’s the much-needed reminder that from darkness must come light. Whether what you need is a refreshing ritual of remembrance or you’re simply taking a self-care day, Byredo’s latest fragrance is unforgettable. Just as Gorham says, “No-one is really lost if they are remembered and celebrated.”
Photography by Estevan Oriol. Shop Byredo’s De Los Santos