When all the plackets and pick stitching is done, when the tie is matched and the cuff-links partnered, there is still one detail left to the tailor who takes the finish of his work seriously: scent. Much like the craft that goes into the making of a suit, the structure of a tailor's scent remains constant, with a tweak here and there. These twists and turns that draw in the nose are increasingly complemented by distinctive bottles. Here, we explore six of the best tailor scents as seen in the May 2015 issue (W*194)...
Writer: Emma Moore, Sujata Burman. Photography: Gustav Almestål
This iconic 1925 tailor scent is a classic accompaniment to a gentleman's suit. The scent is formed naturally, uplifting leathery and wood notes with a citrus boost. Its varied organic base includes patchouli wood, lemon, orris, clove and orange blossom.
Knize Ten, £107.50 (125ml), by Knize Perfumeur, from Les Senteurs; www.lessenteurs.com
Ombra Delle 5
Designer Luca Nichetto masterminded this limited edition Ombra Delle 5 together with fragrance house Byredo and bespoke tailor AW Bauer. Made from Murano glass, the colour of the bottle changes with the natural manipulation of daylight.
Ombra Delle 5, 7500 SEK, by Luca Nichetto and Byredo, for A.W. Bauer & Co; www.journal.awbauer.com
Photography: Massimo Gardone
These Italian tailors have taken inspiration from the architectural qualities of Casa Malaparte to design their bottle. The modern smoked glass bottle and silver cap have a graphic textured surface and its contents includes herb and floral notes to produce a musk to suit the modern-day man.
Uomo Absolute, €60 for 50ml, by Ermenegildo Zegna; www.zegna.com
Richard James Savile Row
Floral and suede tones soften the masculinity of this perfume. A 2003 launch from the British contemporary tailor, it is back by popular demand, sitting neatly in a bottle with light feminine curves.
Richard James Savile Row, £76 (100ml), from Richard James; www.richardjames.co.uk
Brioni Eau de Toilette
London-based Fredrikson Stallard worked with Brioni to design this weighty sculpted flacon. The powerful bottle and matching scent reflect the luxury quality of their tailored suits. Expect expensive notes including saffron, dark liquorice and cashmere.
Brioni Eau de Toilette, £215 (75ml) from Brioni; www.brioni.com
Dunhill London Icon
British fashion house Dunhill, under the new creative director John Ray, has launched this new scent. Its colour is masked by a strong cylinder bottle designed by Mark Eisen. A vigour which also lives in the spiced wood smell created by perfumer Carlos Benaim.
Dunhill London Icon, £73 for 100ml, by Dunhill, from Harrods; www.harrods.com