What Designer Tessa Vermeulen Put on Her Wedding Registry

  • June 13, 2023

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In the three years that Tessa Vermeulen, the founder and designer of Hai, has lived in London’s Stoke Newington neighborhood with her husband, Gennaro Leone, they’ve renovated and decorated their flat according to their (very exact) shared vision. “We have the same taste,” Vermeulen says. “We both like the same things.”

And after nearly a decade of living together, Vermeulen and Leone, the founder of the home-design store and gallery Spazio Leone, have also accumulated most of the necessities. But the couple — who are planning their “big Italian ceremony” in Leone’s hometown of Naples later this month — found a few opportunities when putting together their registry to request some special, sentimental items they’ve long wanted. “Because of the occasion, we’re like, Okay, maybe now’s the right time to get those things,” Leone says. Plus he says they’re looking to move into a bigger house, where they’ll host friends in the garden — and eventually start a family.

Santa Maria Novella Potpourri

Tessa Vermeulen: That’s our favorite smell: Santa Maria Novella. It’s an old pharmacy brand from Florence, and [we’ve loved it since] the first time we went to Florence together. Gennaro had been to the shop before, but I hadn’t. We always put it in little bowls in every room, so we always need more of it.

Officine Universelle Buly Alabaster Sacre

T.V.: That’s another scent we love, like Santa Maria Novella. They’re both very old school. We both have quite an obsession with scents, so whenever we’re in Florence, we go to Santa Maria Novella. Whenever we’re in Paris, we’re like, Okay, I’ll come back with a bagful of Buly things. We have some other scented things in our house, but this is a cube we haven’t had before. I saw it in

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