Whilst, up wessssst, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting one half of the talented duo behind the brand 'Cloon Keen Atelier'. After I had picked my jaw up from the floor after clapping eyes on the other worldly Maggie; I had to repeat the same process when seeing their Atelier. I have a long standing love affair with the brand; I first purchased from their studio in Connemara many moons ago & fell head over heels with their catalogue of scents & as a result, they were my choice of candle for our wedding. Maggie & her husband Jules are the brains, heart, soul & everything in between behind their brand. Their is a tendency in previous years for Irish brands to compromise themselves by verging into 'twee territory' reserved for that particular brand of Irishness we tend to mass market. But Cloon Keen, have managed to preserve a sense of their intrinsic values of being Irish & proud while still producing elegant, edgy & quite frankly, grown up scents, which still tell a spellbinding story. Their passion is evident: no more from Maggie herself, 'You need to feel authentic about what you are doing for others to believe in your brand'. They are extremely hands on; everything from their branding, shop fit, sourcing & creating is essentially touched by them. Maggie is a breath of fresh air; when asked did she intend on producing a body line to complement their colognes, her reply, 'I'm actually returning to study in relation to that; so hopefully in a year or two I can begin the process'. She believes in science, in doing it herself & telling a story. And that's what you get with their brand; a stunningly elegant product but one which also knows what it's about & is willing to tell you it's story. And that is something I can get on board with.