Curriculum Vitae Q&A with the founder of Roads Danielle Ryan.
Astrological sign? Scorpio
Lucky number? 4
Favorite color? Sky blue
Morning, Noon, or Night? Night owl for sure
Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner? Breakfast – love the feeling of eating after a big sleep
Football, Baseball, or Basketball? Basketball
Green Tea, Black Tea, or Herbal Tea? Black tea and lots of coffee
Sugar, Splenda, or Stevia? I try not to have much sugar so if its anything it’s Stevia
Red, White, or Rosé? A really good cold dry white
Spicy, Salty, or Sweet? Salty… yum
Sandwich, Soup, or Salad? Salad
Cashmere, Silk, or Linen? Cashmere and silk together is the dream
Black, white or color? Neutrals and blacks for day. Colour only for dinners out or an event.
Is your closet messy or neat? Super crazy neat and marked out into different folders with photos.
What’s your favorite room in your home? The living room of my house. It is an old 1790 Georgian building and the windows in the living room are very tall. Even if the weather is terrible it makes the view look like a painting.
What do you collect? I collect art. I have done for nearly 10 years now. I would attend most of the big art fairs each year and stay in contact with a lot of my favorite galleries. Most of the art in my collection happened to be female artists with a clear political inspiration.
Dream dinner guest? Alive or dead? John Lennon maybe.
Sunday ritual? Slow breakfast, pancakes, all the newspapers, lunch somewhere cute with friends and family, long walk with the dog and then a good bath followed by a movie.
Favorite flower? Hydrangeas in vases, Jasmin to grow in the garden for the smell.
Favorite scent? So many – but I adore cedarwood
Cheat meal? Fish and chips with loads of salt and vinegar
Favorite place to escape to when you need a moment of respite? I go for a long hike maybe 20km in the mountains and forest with my dog. Just walk and think in nature.
Talent you’d like to have? To speak loads of languages and to play lots of instruments.
Quality you want to be remembered by? Kindness and fun.
Best thing about where you are from? I’m from Ireland and the best things are when the sun shines because it is so green it is the most beautiful place on earth and also the people are so fun and down to earth.
It’s hard not to be reminiscent of the past, and be distracted by the future. How do you strive to live in the moment? By watching my kids grow up they are now young teenagers. Each stage has gone by so fast, if you blink you miss it. They will never be this age again – holding onto each moment.
What does Considered Luxury mean to you? Superior comfort and efficacy. Also anything that gives you a feeling of confidence.
What was the inspiration behind starting your brand? The brand came about slightly by chance, I was trying to create a way to have scent incorporated into theatre performances. This lead me to the world of fragrance and to work with perfumers over 10 years ago. These fragrances, therefore have always started with a theme as opposed to just creating something that we hope the market would like. Harmattan, one our fragrances, for example, is created based on a wind that crosses the Sahara. By creating them based on themes, I knew I would create a range that would include totally unique scents from what is in the market. And all 18 fragrances are unisex and totally different from each other. I wanted to make a fragrance brand from every age.
Give three words that describe your brand? Modern, unapologetic, fresh.