“CREATIVES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSUMPTION OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY.”
Having been raised close to Lake Geneva, nature is intrinsic to Tom’s being. Accessing the vast outdoors within London provides him with escapism from the confines of the city, and this interaction is effortlessly translated in the bottle design. Natural materials such as bark and burnt-out wood are enveloped by concrete: representing the purity of nature within a man-made metropolis. “I believe in patient production,” he states, after informing me that the white and grey cement takes over a month to dry in hand-crafted moulds. Such an artisanal and timely approach adds narrative to his fragrance bottles, which are unique, luxury objects to be kept after fulfilling their function.
If the conceptual, aesthetic and textural appeal of Source Tellurique’s goods weren’t enough to impress, then Tom’s readiness to acknowledge the importance of sustainability absolutely seals the deal. Tellurique directly translates as ‘of the earth’ and ‘from the earth’; consequently the perfume is ‘as organic as possible’, with the scents consisting of natural oils which are stored in recycled plastic bottles. As a young designer facing an industry wrought with waste, he feels that ‘creatives are responsible for the consumption of the fashion industry’. A principle which was affirmed when helping BA fashion graduate Sonny Tassell realise his graduate collection, which included transport blankets patch worked with offcuts from fashion houses — “I learned a lot from that gesture,” he remarks.