Norma Kamali was brought up enjoying olive oil on a daily basis thanks to her Lebanese mother and Spanish father, but two years ago, her passion blossomed and she started developing an expertise in olive oil. She has now opened a café in New York city which offers a series of specialties based on olive oil and floral Mediterranean flavors. Here is what is on the menu:
"...olive oil ice cream, and a light olive oil and lavender short bread — garnished with lavender leaves. The Bryant Park Grill is supplying an aromatic rose meringue parfait, olive oil cupcakes with a hint of spice and lavender marshmallows that are as light as air....
Various drinks are offered as well, such as Lavender tea, Rose Petal tea, Jazmin Pearl tea and Olive Leaf and Lavender tea, or soda in flavors such as lavender, jasmine and rose...."
Her meeting with a perfumer from Grasse was also instrumental:
"We were driving through Grasse in France and I met with a perfumer there and said, 'I am crazy about olive oil and think there should be a scent that's olive and lemon and olive and lime,'" she continued. "He smiled and opened his wallet and showed me an olive branch. He was already developing this scent for himself. Everything just came together."
The café carries a line of fragrances and beauty products under the label Extra Virgin as well.
Norma Kamali has already a line of fragrances under her name. One of them is inspired by the olive tree and can be found at Beauty Habit.
The café is located inside the Norma Kamali boutique:
OMO Norma Kamali
11 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019
nr. Fifth Ave.
Source: Women's Wear Daily, Norma Kamali