Inspired by Mona di Orio’s personality and their shared passion for luxury, Jeroen Oude Sogtoen decided to change course from fashion and interior design to create together with Mona di Orio their perfume house Maison Mona di Orio. With a clear vision and a background of creativity, the pair built the fundamentals of a house based on quality from the past, but with a clear eye on the future.
After graduating from University of Applied Sciences with a degree in fashion design, Jeroen worked for ten years as a fashion designer. He transitioned from fashion to interior design and created, alongside field specialists, the concept for The College Hotel in Amsterdam. Whilst creating a luxury hotel amenity line for this boutique hotel, he founded Zenology ®.
In his search of a nose for this amenity line, he met Mona di Orio at Accords et Parfums in Grasse. With a strong belief in, and passion for artisanal ways, Jeroen suggested Mona to create a perfume house with a focus on Mona, the artist and creator of the fragrances. Mona di Orio became the Nose; Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, the Eyes. It was a perfect match. In 2005, the company launched the first three fragrances, Lux, Carnation and Nuit Noire with many more following.
In December 2011, Mona passed away leaving behind a legacy of launched and un-launched fragrances. Jeroen Oude Sogtoen decided to ensure the story Mona and he created will be told and continued with more olfactive stories to tell and more memories to cherish—stories that perfectly align credibility, elegance and uncompromising luxury to reveal unconventional perfume traditions.
Credits Photo: Petrovsky & Ramone @Manja Otten