Coming from a family of tea importers for 5 generations, Olivier Scala began his career at 25 and is initiated very quickly to the skills of tea tasting and buying by his father, Raymond
Scala. In 1988, he takes over the direction of the company George Cannon. Under his direction the well-known family owned company will develop its image and volume over the years. In addition to his company responsibilities, Olivier Scala becomes the President of the French «Comité Français du Thé» from 1988 to this day. Olivier Scala initiated the first Tea Festival in Paris in 2005. He also animates conferences at the University of Tea and in the hotel and food schools. His book «Thés» became a reference in the tea industry.
State of Mind entrust its olfactory identity to a One Nose Karine Dubreuil. Born and raised in Grasse, the worldwide capital of the perfumery, Karine, is paying homage to her hometown by using the best perfumery ingredients in her creations. She studied at the Roure school (now Givaudan) and worked for Mane and Drom before being appointed in-house perfumer at L’Occitane in early 2013, since 2015 Karine is collaborating with the famous house perfumery house Takasago. She’s composed fragrances such as Eclat d’Arpège by Lanvin, l’Eau des 4 Reines by L’Occitane, Envy me by Gucci, Aqua AlLegoria Pivoine Magique, Yves Saint-Laurent Vice-Versa, Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli Her, and more. Today she has founded her own house of perfumery VOX PROFUMI.
State of Mind’s retail space is designed by Cédric Dequidt. Graduated from the famous Parisian Ecole Bleue, he led various projects such as the edition of the Urbicande lamp by Roche Bobois, the Timeless Clock, Ferré collection of furniture, Diamond Table, and two Lodge coffee tables by PMCO édition presented at the Maison & Objets trade fair and many others. The mission of Cedric for State of Mind was to create the modern Art Deco inspired environment where the client would discover, enjoy and indulge himself tasting special perfumer’s teas and fragrances with notes of tea. The concept of The Olfactive Tea Room was born in images and pieces of furniture.