Born in Sweden, Maya Njie (pronounced 'Maia En-jai') moved to London in her late teens. Her background lies in surface design and photography, which she studied at the University of the Arts London. Maya began experimenting with the sense of smell as an added medium. Inspired by an old family photo album from the decades before her birth, Maya set out to capture, by way of scent, these moments in time. 'What did it smell like?' The small Swedish summer house surrounded by mercurial forests, the visits to her grandparents’ sparsely furnished flat on Sunday afternoons, Uncle Lars' and Aunt Irene’s shotgun wedding….she sought to bottle the spirit connected to the classic 1970's Scandinavian idyll, combined with the soul of her esoteric Gambian heritage.
After graduating Maya spent the next few years working for The Laundry, an arts hub situated in London Fields. During her time there she delved further into the olfactory world, experimenting with different raw materials and teaching herself perfumery. As she wore her perfumes to work, visitors and tenants alike showed a particular interest in her creations.
Maya Njie Perfumes was founded in 2016. A niche perfume brand with a clear focus on high quality artisanal blends, the scents are deeply rooted in Maya's Swedish and West African culture. Her formulas are developed in-house, using a variety of essential oils, aroma compounds and resins. With care and precision, the blends are mixed in small fresh batches, filtered and bottled individually by hand.
Maya Njie's shared passion for scent based on travel and memory was our foundation for working together. We began stocking her line when we opened in May 2017 and its gone on to become one of our best sellers here at Bonds. Hackney.