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The Founders of Abbott NYC Share the Story Behind Their Uncommon Scents

Smell is the strongest sense tied to memory, so it’s no surprise that Abbott NYC founders Jose Alvarez and Michael Pass find inspiration for their line of clean fragrances in memories of the great outdoors. They gave us the scoop on their holiday memories, from the best gift they’ve ever received to the local watering hole they love for a festive cocktail.

In 15 words or less, what makes your brand a great gift? Our fragrances are non-toxic and made for both men and women.

What’s one product are you featuring in STORY that our community should look for + what makes it special? Sequoia, available as a personal fragrance and a candle, is a great winter/holiday scent, with its woodsy and campfire aromas.

Last person who inspired you on Instagram? The photography and adventures of @jimmy_chin.

What is a fun fact we can’t find out about you on the internet? Jose comes from a family of coffee growers in Nicaragua, and we hope to incorporate coffee into a future product.

What are three things about your brand/business you want our community to know? 

We are a small business built on passion. Our products are 100% clean and non-toxic. We strive to be as eco-conscious and sustainable as possible with our fragrances and packaging.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Jose received a beautiful watch from his wife for their wedding. And Michael always prefers cash.

Where’s your go-to spot in New York for a great holiday cocktail + what do you love about it? Ramona in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s a beautiful atmosphere and the staff make cocktails second to none.

Who are you toasting to this holiday season? Friends and Family