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    Summer Love With Jesse Lizotte, Ilkin Kurt, Georgia Graham and Meg Whaite

    November 20 2017

    It was that age when you’re so awkward, trying to flirt, and explore your sexuality. Whenever I smell that perfume I always laugh. It’s so reminiscent of that phase. 

    As the change of season approaches, Map of the Heart talks to our Australian contributors about love, memory, and why they’re staying close to home this summer.

    JESSE LIZOTTE

    Jesse Lizotte, Photographer

    Do you love summer?

    Yeah, I do love summer, but I hate the sand so I don’t really hang out at the beach. I honestly prefer winter because there’s not much you can wear in summer except for shorts and a t-shirt, and I don’t like wearing shorts because I have chicken legs.

    I enjoy daylight savings.

    What do you think makes Australia unique?

    I think the landscape and the fact that we’re so isolated.

    Do you think being Australian is considered to be a commodity overseas?

    Yeah. I think that overseas they have this preconceived idea that all Australians are really rough, which is good.

    Do you believe in love?

    Pass. (Laughs) Yes, I do.

    What does your heart beat for?

    Music.

    Which is your favourite heart and why?

    Gold. Because I love gold.

    What is your earliest scent memory?

    Probably crayons and play-doh.

    ILKIN KURT

    Ilkin Kurt, Buyer & Brand Consultant


    What do you love about summer?

    Road trips, early skinny dipping, well-made Negronis.

    What do you think makes Australia unique?

    For me, I wouldn’t describe it as unique. But, what comes to mind is ‘Lovesong’ by The Cure. It goes ‘you make me feel like I’m home again’, and that’s me… I just feel like I’m home here.  You know, home is not a place, it’s a feeling. I’ve been so lucky to be here and meet certain people, and that’s what makes it special to me. Not to mention the chilled lifestyle too.

    What does your heart beat for?

    New music and sweet conversation. 

    Which is your favourite heart and why?

    Clear Heart. I like the name because it’s quite ironic. Also, the smell reminds me of some of my memories from the past. They are all in different places, one in New York, Berlin and from different times, almost six years apart. But, it gives me the exact same feeling. The funny thing is I was in a totally different mindset in each place.

    What is your favourite scent memory?

    Hmm I have a few…

    I guess my earliest scent memory is about my grandmother’s roses. When she made desserts, she always used the rose petals to give some aroma and scent – I was always fascinated by that magical mix. 

    I remember once she said, ‘I know you love the colour and smell of those beautiful roses. But remember what it makes it more beautiful is its thorns. The magic is there’. This is what shaped my point of view on beauty.

    A few years ago at a party, someone approached me saying ‘I’m haunted by your scent, when I’m talking to someone else…’ I love when people quote from films or books, it just creates an instant bond. That person is a dear friend of mine now. I guess scents also create a bond between feelings and places.

    “I believe in connection and chemistry. Sometimes you have the strong connection but no chemistry or other way around. When you have these two together with pure intentions. Boom!"

    Do you believe in love? 

    Haha. That’s a hard one. I think eventually I do. I think we all get confused about the definition of love. Obsession and being lonely confuse us to understand what love is. I guess we are all broken in some way in our very own journeys and in the need of someone to fix it. And calling it ‘love’ or ‘soulmate’.

    I believe in connection and chemistry. Sometimes you have the strong connection but no chemistry or other way around. When you have these two together with pure intentions. Boom!  Love starts to build up on a strong ground and grows in you day by day.  Doesn’t matter how long the relationship will last. Even if it ends, love could remain. I strongly believe that ‘love’ is a skill not a feeling. It is a skill of developing respect, friendship and trust.

    A dear friend suggested me to read Alain De Button’s ‘Course of Love’ while ago. I personally like his overall approach to life anyway but this book is a goodie. Gives you some real perspectives about love. It is like a perfect antidote to what we’re told ‘love’ is from the movies. It is enlightening and, at the same time, irritating as it is too honest.

    Can you recall a time of heartbreak?

    There was a Turkish musician, Baris Manco, and as you know, Turkey is a controversial country. He did some really unique things for music. He was kind of like a David Bowie slash Mick Jagger for Turkey with his amazing fashion sense. When he died, I just cried. I think I was 13, and until last year I hadn’t really lost anyone in my life, so he was my first loss. I never had a crush on him but I think he was such a strong uncommon personality and lose him gave me a kind of heart attack.

    GEORGIA GRAHAM

    Georgia Graham, Model & Writer

    What do you love about summer?

    The sun and the beach. But in England summer isn’t as reliable, so probably that I can occasionally sit outside at the pub. 

    If you had to describe summer in three words…

    I was going to say sun, sea, sex and sand, but that’s four words.

    Great. Let’s roll with that. 

    What do you think makes Australia unique?

    For me, the friends I have here. But also the conflation of European sensibility and creativity, with the more relaxed approach and sense of humour. I always say that I like Australians the most because they’re the perfect marriage between English people and Americans. They have the self-deprecating attitude of English people, but the positivity and openness of Americans. 

    Do you believe in love?

    I do believe in love but I think it comes in so many forms, not just the archetypal hallmark card version. 

    “I find familiar scents can really conjure such a strong sense of nostalgia."

    What does your heart beat for?

    Anxiety!

    Which is your favourite heart and why?

    I really like the Red and Black. I like the Black because it’s mysterious and smoky, so I wear that in the evenings. The Red feels more floral and kind of romantic, but not in an overpowering and cliché way. 

    What is your earliest scent memory?

    I was at boarding school for five years which I absolutely loved. But there’s definitely a distinct smell about it. I find familiar scents can really conjure such a strong sense of nostalgia. Also, people that I’ve been close with through either a relationship or a friendship have a particular scent, and that scent will always take me back there.

    Do you have a favourite scent memory?

    I always laugh when I smell the perfumes I wore as a teenager. I was at the airport the other day with time to kill and I smelt Miss Dior ‘Cherie’ and that really distinct one… CK ‘Into You’. I remember buying that for my best friend on a beach holiday to Cornwall. It was that age when you’re so awkward, trying to flirt, and explore your sexuality. Whenever I smell that perfume I always laugh. It’s so reminiscent of that phase. 

    MEG WHAITE

    Meg Whaite, Founder Baby Likes To Pony

    What do you love about summer?

    I love everything about it. The longer days, wearing less clothing. I always love the first day when the breeze blows and it’s warm.

    What do you think makes Australia unique?

    I think that Australia is a little bit like being a teenager, in that we’re young and gorgeous and have lots going for us, but we don’t have the wealth of experience which other countries have. I believe countries are like people, they learn and grow, and we’re still in our adolescence.

    Then of course, all the plants and animals we have, which are pretty cool.

    What does your heart beat for?

    First and foremost, the people in my life. My partner and love. My friends. Probably too many things really. Everything about the business and how I run that is very much built on passion.

    “I think that because it was literally ocean spray, it would break across the bow of the boat and this mist would cover your face. You weren’t just smelling it, you would be inhaling it."

    Do you believe in love?

    Of course. That’s what makes the world go round, and my world go round. It’s very sad to think that someone doesn’t believe in love.

    Which is your favourite heart and why?

    I would struggle to decide between the Black and Gold Heart, depending on the circumstances. Black has that beautiful dark, dirty, smoky, delicious scent which I find rather sexy. I love it on a guy. But I think that Gold has it’s place, and maybe for me in certain occasions. I also need to reach for Gold more because my partner wears the Black. After 15 years together we’re trying not to mould into one person.

    What is your earliest scent memory?

    One which has made an impact was that my mum was into sailing, and I remember the smell of the salt water. It’s interesting because it’s so different to the way the salt water smells at the beach. I think that because it was literally ocean spray, it would break across the bow of the boat and this mist would cover your face. You weren’t just smelling it, you would be inhaling it.

    The other scent memory which goes back really far was with my grandfather. He was enormously into bushwalking, and he was a conservationist, so would go to national parks together where he would teach me about it all. I can still remember some of their names. I really liked honeysuckles.

    Both are very natural memories. I guess they’re quite quintessentially ‘Australiana’, which you wouldn’t really expect from me.

    Jesse wears Gold Heart v.4.
    Ilkin wears Clear Heart v.1.
    Georgia wears Red Heart v.3.
    Meg wears Black Heart v.2.

    CREDITS

    Photography By Duc Thinh Dong
    Interview by Jodie Hill

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