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July 29 2014

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Ermenegildo Zegna Keeps Things Private

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ermenegildo-zegnaThe house of Ermenegildo Zegna has always sourced the finest of materials for its sumptuous suiting, and the label’s Essenze fragrance collection (launched a little over a year ago) is no different. Each eau celebrates an ingredient derived from the company’s private crops around the world. The newest addition to the collection of colognes (out this month), Haitian Vetiver, stars the fragrant grass hailing from a single plot in Les Cayes, a seaport town located in the southwestern region of the Caribbean island. After the vetiver is meticulously harvested, its woody-scented oil is extracted from the roots via steam distillation before being threaded with notes of bergamot (grown in the brand’s orchards in Calabria), neroli, carrot seed, and orris. Wearing the final composition feels like wrapping yourself in a cashmere camel jacket (seen on the Fall 2014 runway): comfortable, luxurious, but not too over the top.

$195; neimanmarcus.com

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