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Smells Like: Darrel Kennedy
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Smells Like: Darrel Kennedy

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Smells Like: is Redoux's exploration of the human experience of scent through personal stories and connections.

For our ninth installment in the series, producer and renaissance woman Darrel Kennedy shares a connection to her mother's signature scent, the beauty of homemade meals, and the wide spectrum of her work.

Tell me about yourself and your work:

I am a multi-media producer leveraging new media and unconventional platforms to make social commentary by way of collaboration. In other words, I connect dope artists with ethical brands to make weird yet meaningful audience experiences. I work both full-time in Seed's Brand and Marketing department as well as freelance in the music, fashion and tech sectors of the entertainment industry.

What scents are you encountering today?

Currently in quarantine recovering from Covid. Thankfully, the virus has spared me my sense of smell and taste. That being said, my house has been filled with homemade meals ranging from lemon pepper wings to shrimp fried rice. I'm pretty confident I'm making a new meal between each simple task at this point.

Do you have a signature scent?

Mugler's Angel Muse

A memory you have of this scent:

My love of Angel is derived from my mother. She has been wearing Mugler since my earliest memories of smell. Angel Muse is a newer version of my mother's signature, Angel. It is reminiscent of the older version but leans more into the warm and spicy scents I feel better reflect me as an individual.

Describe yourself as a place:

I envision myself as an elaborate treehouse, with large glass windows. It would be filled with candlelight and sounded by trees that welcome light yet form a veil of privacy.

As a taste:

Mediterranean food! Anything citrusy, fresh, savory, and well seasoned. 

As a color:

The off-white of aged books.

As a feeling:

Empowerment and surprise. I love uplifting those around me, and am often told that no matter how long you've known me there's always something new to learn about me.

What's the last thing that brought you joy?

Being nurtured while sick.

Explore more of Darrel and her creativity at @darreldotcom.