Tessa Williams

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Tessa Williams has created a range of Home Fragrances and Perfumes, inspired by the Elements: Water, Air, Earth and Fire and her passion for Fragrance.

Each scent aims to evoke these scents. She has also brought out a new range of scents inspired by the New Testament - Love, Hope and Faith. She is the author of Cult Perfumes and Hotels of the Stars.

Now based in Scotland, she previously lived in France while working for Femme magazine and the Riviera Times. She studied at Goldsmiths University, London.

Hotels Of The Stars

“Always fascinated by travel, and the memories that travel evokes”

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'The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.' - George Bernard Shaw 

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors at the most luxurious hotels in the world? Hotels of the Stars invites you through the doors of the most exclusive accommodation on earth, while allowing you to indulge in a little scandal. Complete with magnificent photography, Tessa Williams explores the exclusive haunts of the stars, where literary and cultural history has been made. Find out where such cultural heavyweights as Steinbeck, Garbo and Dali hung out. Discover where modern-day icons like Brad Pitt and Naomi Campbell have rested their heads.

With a preface by Oscar nominated, Richard E. Grant, presenter of 'Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets' and foreword by Albert Roux OBE , chef, hotelier, restaurateur, and founder of Le Gavroche. Hotels of the Stars is a luxurious guide to a world of decadence and style.

Annabel Sampson, TATLER - “For anybody with a degree of curiosity as to exactly what goes on behind the gilt doors of the world’s most decadent hotels: this coffee-table book will prove a delightful read. With luxe photography and elaborate prose that breathes life into the titans of the hotel landscape. Think: glittering ballrooms, velvet upholstered salons and the occasional bathtub with a snowy mountain view.
Hotels of the Stars brackets the glitzy figures of today and time-gone-by, from Brad Pitt to Queen Victoria. Le Meurice in Paris, which Dalí would visit for a few months every year in the last chapter of his life, he references here: ‘There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction’. And, that’s the theme of this book: satisfaction, escapism and luxury in its many and multifarious guises. Whether your idea of a tip-top hotel is on the banks of Lake Como or an inner-city fortress, akin to the Palace of Versailles. This book will very likely lead to reservations being made, for after all, a night in the Savoy is ‘better than marriage’ according to Irish actor, Richard Harris”. SEE FULL ARTICLE BELOW:

https://www.tatler.com/article/hotels-of-the-stars-a-list-haunts-and-hideaways-by-tessa-williams

"Who's been sleeping in your Bed? Tessa Williams coffee-table Book Hotels of the Stars lists the favoured hotels of famous names from Leonard Cohen to Kate Moss". - Mark Palmer, The Daily Mail, August 19, 2018.

Molly McGuigan, Mr Porter  - "The tome reads like an encyclopedia of the world’s most glamorous hotels, with their famous – and often scandalous – histories, alongside glossy imagery. These are the kind of hotels where you can hire a Rolls-Royce, dine alongside the work of Mr Joan Miró and Mr Marc Chagall or catch site of a canine wedding (The Beverly Hills Hotel, of course)”.

 
 

Cult Perfumes 

“A candle’s flame can bring hope, light, provide focus and inspiration into what can sometimes be a solitary world”

 

Even in times of economic hardship, perfume is an affordable luxury, recognized for its ability to make us not only smell good but also feel great. No woman’s dressing table or bathroom cabinet is complete without at least one bottle. Cult Perfumes is the first book to explore the most exclusive boutique perfumeries producing some of the world’s most captivating scents.

Tessa Willlams documents more than 25 perfumeries and brands, ranging from the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, established by Dominican fathers in 1221, and the classic English company Floris, founded in 1730, to the new eponymous range created by the famed fragrance expert Roja Dove. Williams goes behind the scenes at each perfumery to interview the perfumers and explore the evolution of the company, the ethos behind the brand, and its signature scents. With a concise illustrated introduction to the history of perfume-making and features on iconic perfumes, future cult classics, and the so-called ‘noses’ who keep the brands attuned to today’s popular scents, Cult Perfumes is  as alluring to lovers and collectors of perfume as the fragrances it presents.

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A perfume aficionado from an early age,  Cult Perfumes - is the first book to explore the most exclusive boutique perfumeries around the world. Each perfume house has a fascinating story to behold.

Inspired from her research and her love of perfumes and passion for scents, Tessa later created a range of luxury perfumed candles and home sprays to evoke the essences of the Elements.

Being a writer, candles have always played a pivotal role in harnessing the magic of bringing words onto a page. A candle’s flame can bring hope, light, provide focus and inspiration into what can sometimes be a solitary world.