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Just enough time for me to unpack a new Away luggage at the luxury Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire where I will be staying for a few nights. Before I do share the latest news with you, let me introduce four unique fragrances which you will soon discover for yourselves. Recently, I have heard about Jo Malone London’s first ever fragrance collection for men, which means this could make Christmas shopping that little bit easier. Everyone’s favourite fragrance house has launched a collection for the boys. Meet Jo Malone London x Huntsman, a quintessentially British collaboration with the Savile Row tailors – and one which looks as good as it smells.
Jo Malone London has been a long time fan of each of these quintessentially British brands and it’s wonderful to see two best British brands come together within their respected industries, joining forces to create four scents, sharply dressed, a new collaboration between Huntsman and Jo Malone London – the perfect pairing of scent and style. Dressed for success in a distinctive bottle, decorated with Huntsman’s gold typography and a matte burgundy cap.
As we all know, Jo Malone London aims for a full unisex range, with countless men swathing themselves in Jo Malone London creations, from the zestily iconic Lime, Basil & Mandarin through to darkly sensual Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense – my own special all-time favourite is Amber and Patchouli. It had never really dawned on us that the perfume house has never put men centre-stage of its creative focus. While the new fragrances is out, they’re the go-to for the cool, the smart and the traditional – and these four fragrances capture the spirit of the bespoke tailor. As Jo Malone London put it, their first men’s line-up ‘brings together four refined fragrances tailored to the modern man. For laidback days, wild nights and everything in between’.
Decadent evenings wrapped up in the sensuality of amber. A heady pairing of a legendary ingredient with deep, characterful patchouli. The tempting smokiness of guaiacwood. A supple, suede-like finish. Seductive.
The lively, full-bodied aroma of a cup of tea in the morning. A citrus burst of grapefruit. A black tea note of Assam, unfolding. The herbal scent of maté, infused with spicy cardamom and the warmth of patchouli.
Britain today. Its rebellious roots in punk, yet with an enduring respect for tradition. The cool spiciness of black pepper and cardamom, juxtaposed with smoky birch and an accord of magnetic ink. A scent of subtle contrasts.
Footsteps after dark on waxy wooden floors. An enigmatic nightcap. Fine whisky, edged with spicy pimento, finished with warm cedarwood. A fragrance for the small hours. Daring and intriguing.
Photos by Diana Martin Photography