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April 19 2014

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3 posts tagged "cologne"

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

A Scent That Measures Up

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Gucci Made to Measure

Inspired by Gucci’s Made to Measure service (which entails hand-selecting the fabric and silhouette—and even having your name embroidered on the label—of your custom-made suit, tux, or dress shirt), Frida Giannini conceived a new cologne by the same name. For far less than one of the Italian brand’s impeccably tailored garments, a dapper gentleman can spritz on that same aura of luxury and sophistication with Gucci Made to Measure Eau de Toilette. And like any scent, it adapts uniquely to its wearer. Top notes of French lavender and anis seed are meant to represent the first encounter with a suit—from the softness of the silk lining down to the shiny cuff links, while the spicy heart of cinnamon, nutmeg, and plum reflect the feeling of sumptuous cashmere or substantial wool fabric on skin. A rich base of patchouli, cistus labdanum (the resin of a Spanish shrub), and leather offers a bold and refined finish, lending structure to the blend. As for the weighty flacon, Giannini wanted it to be iconic and reflective of the fashion house (similar to what No. 5 is to Chanel), adding details like the horse-bit gold cap and emblazoning it with the signature of founder Guccio Gucci. And it doesn’t hurt that James Franco—who produced The Director, a film that documents Giannini’s life over 18 months—serves as the face of the fragrance. We’d say the handsome actor fits this campaign (in which he drives around in one of Jay Leno’s vintage Lambos) like a glove.

Available now exclusively at Macy’s.

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci

Scentsational Voyage

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pradalunarossa Yesterday Luna Rossa, Prada’s sailing team, beat Swedish rival Artemis in the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals, held on San Francisco Bay. While this competition ends August 30, these catamarans are gearing up for America’s Cup, a 162-year-old regatta that kicks off in September. In honor of its team (and much to the delight of Sperry-wearing men everywhere), the Italian powerhouse brand produced a collector’s version of their Luna Rossa cologne that launched earlier this year. Dressed in a crisp white cage and accented with a mirrored bottom, this mod and masculine flacon is likely to be stashed away in any well-dressed captain’s quarters. Designed by Yves Béhar, the olfactory vessel was inspired by the sleek, dynamic beauty of extreme sailboats. As for the scent inside, it’s the same as the original created by perfumer Daniela Andrier—a refreshing blend of bitter orange, aromatic lavender, and woody amber that smells both rugged and refined. The winner of America’s Cup won’t be named until September 21, but be sure to nab this fragrance for your guy before this limited-edition bottle sails into the sunset.

Available exclusively at Macy’s and Macys.com

Photos: AFP/Getty Images; Courtesy of Prada