Bulgari Presents its First High Perfumery Collection for Men

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Haute Joallier Bulgari presents the new ‘Le Gemme’ collection dedicated to men. A new revolutionary chapter in the story of the Roman jeweller. It was written in the DNA of the master of coloured gemstones that Bulgari would one day travel the roads of the world to seek, in order to reveal them, the secret correspondences between gemstones and fragrances. And thus in 2014 the first ‘Le Gemme’ collection for women appeared, an olfactory tribute to six precious stones that are emblematic of the Roman jeweller.

Echoing these precious Eaux de Parfum this new high perfumery collection dedicated to men revisits an entire aspect of ancient history following the precious stones and perfume roads that the great conquerors and luxury nomads of Antiquity discovered during their travels and their conquests. This twin voyage through the worlds of gemstones and scent recreates a legendary world of adventures along famous roads and across fabled regions from the mediterranean Basin to the Far East. With ‘Le Gemme’ collection dedicated to  men, Bulgari draws a very contemporary and new map of masculinity of which 21st century man is the heir.

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Bulgari entrusted Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier with the task of transcribing the six gemstones of the collection in a radical palette. Like an olfactory ‘big- bang’, this new collection shakes up the codes of luxury perfumes for men. In the same way as stone cutters reveal the beauty of gemstones with their skill, Jacques Cavallier has worked exceptional raw materials to the limits of the possible so as to exalt their richness or reveal them in a new, unexpected register.

Between sacred and secular, wild and civilised, singularity and otherness, ‘Le Gemme’ collection for men reflects the pluralist personality of contemporary man. A combination of undisputed strength and magnetic character that since the dawn of time has never left the hear ts of powerful men in and around the Mediterranean, men that are both conquerors and seducers.

Bulgari Onekh

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To illustrate the ambivalence of black onyx the Perfumer chose the power of royal Oud. It has the balance between the different facets of this ingredient, a symbol of wealth and rank in Oriental countries where it has been used it for millennia. A product that is more expensive than gold, which is one of the most beautiful and loved natural notes in the world. For ‘Onekh’, Jacques Cavallier has used a sublime natural Oud: leathery and spicy wood, with notes of saffron and honey. The contrast between brittle, dry and smoked woods and the balmy, addictive and sensual notes serve to enhance this Oud of unprecedented quality.

Bulgari Garanat

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A symbol of the passion accompanying the deep red of the Garnet, but also of its light, the Perfumer has imagined a supremely elegant and virile Rose, translating the powerful energy of its colour which anchors this gemstone known since the dawn of times in the cradle of the greatest civilisations. A duality in which ancient mysteries and sophistication answer each other, transcribed in the dialogue between two symbolic ingredients: Rose and Incense. ‘Garanat’ is a perfume that is as rich and thick as velvet: curls of Roses and intoxicating incense chiaroscuro create a warm, surprising and fascinating fragrance with great masculine strength.

Bulgari Gyan

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Brightened by a generous dose of night Jasmine which envelops the scent with its sensuality, Patchouli illustrates the mysteries of the blue of the Sapphire in ‘Gyan’. This unique creation combines Patchouli with a flower, and delivers a very sophisticated particularly masculine perfume with an incomparable sillage: its trilogy of woods, dominated by its extraordinary heart of Indonesian Patchouli, illustrates the aristocratic grandeur and elegance of this stone of knowledge he pays tribute to. Jacques Cavallier has used Patchouli very generously, and reworked it in Grasse to highlight the most noble and beautiful aspects of its scent. Wisps of burned Incense intensify its aura and increase its mystery.

Bulgari Malakeos

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Bulgari ‘Malakeos’ pays tribute to a classical theme of masculine perfumery, Fougère, that the Perfumer has entirely revisited. In search of a powerful naturalness, an icy and nurturing green freshness, the fragrance resonates with the properties and the colours of malachite and captures the deep and aromatic greens of the forests of the Ural. The unique character of this creation in which Lavender and Oakmoss reign, with a very rare Bourbon Geranium, is resolutely modern on its base of Musk. Like the brush strokes of an artist, the herbs, the woods and the musk recall the palette of the multitude of shades of brilliant, masculine and sensual green of the Malachite.

Bulgari Ambero

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The Vetiver root securely anchors ‘Ambero’ to the depths of the ear th and the shores of the Levant. Through spicy, rounded, unctuous and slightly ambery notes, the Perfumer presents a very different and contemporary interpretation of Vetiver with a warm, dense and voluptuous hear t which recalls that of Amber. It has a unique orientalism, to which Olibanum incense adds an extremely elegant character. Together it creates an ear thy, surprising and resolutely modern perfume.

Bulgari Tygar

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Bulgari ‘Tygar’ is a fragrance with incomparable brightness and a very strong personality. Around an explosive Grapefruit, an accord of deep woods and Ambrox captures the duality and the exceptional energies of the Tiger’s Eye. The first impression and impact is surprising. The base is dense, but still contains light and energy. The creation of this Ambery Citrus – the most Italian of the collection and a perfume with a strong identity – was a tremendous challenge for Jacques Cavallier: a new and dazzling contrast between Grapefruit with its freshness and light and the darker and more ear thy amber note of Ambrox, in a dosage which is unique on the market. ‘Tygar’ evokes sparkling and sophisticated virility.

 

 

 

 

Maison Margiela Beach Walk

 

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The Parisian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela was founded in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela. A cross-section between fashion and design, the house presents Haute Couture and ready-to-wear collections as well as leather goods, footwear, accessories, and fragrance. In 1994, Maison Martin Margiela introduced ‘REPLICA,’ a new seasonal line. The collection represents an interest in highly functional and emotive garments and accessories, meticulously reproduced to maintain the piece’s original character. Maison Martin Margiela expanded upon this concept with a collection of ‘REPLICA’ fragrances that evoke the scents hidden deep in our memories.

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Maison Margiela Beach Walk

Perfumes have a tendency to remind you of certain moments or periods of your life, for example, I can put on a fragrance that takes me back to high school and your first love (Christian Dior Jules) or the times of endless desert nights in Jordan (Jil Sander Background). A good perfume is so much more than just a nice scent, it’s also connected to feelings and memories. Thats why I’ve always liked the thought of wearing a special fragrance during vacation (Bvlgari Eau the Vert, Hermès Eau de Hermès), so that I can relate to relaxation and well being when I’m wearing it. It’s possible I got kind of mesmerized by the words on the bottle but in this case they actually do make sense, even before the scent has becomed ‘yours’ you recognize it and I’m not kidding! ‘Reproduction of familiar scents and moments of varying locations and periods’ with a touch of ‘Sun kissed salty skin’ really spells out what this little bottle is all about and, well,  that’s more than enough for me.

Perfumers who were invited to participate in creation of the new collection are Jacques Cavallier and Marie Salamagne. Beach Walk opens with citruses – bergamot and lemon, and develops with pink pepper, ylang-ylang, coconut milk, musk and heliotrope to evoke a familiar but forgotten moment—a walk along a sandy beach

 

 

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Close your eyes and let the fragrance transport you to the memory of an afternoon stroll along the ocean. Your feet sink into the wet sand as waves brush against your skin. The sun sinks gently through the crystal sky, its warmth balanced by a soft breeze with the subtle tangy scent of water. Beach Walk evokes hints of ocean spray, and captures the carefree bliss of a summer day.

The silhouette of each ‘REPLICA’ bottle is inspired by classic apothecary jars, allowing the collection to be instantly identifiable. Each bottle carries a 100 percent cotton label, which is printed using black ink text and resembles the tags used on the clothing and accessories for the ‘REPLICA’ couture collection. The unique pumps are wrapped with a rope to symbolize the authentic reproduction of the original ‘REPLICA’ couture line.

Notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin.

From now on this perfume will be forever associated with a sunny, perfect vacation and I’ll make sure to always bring it with me when I’m fortunate enough to go on another one of those.

Maison Margiela Beach Walk is availble as 100 ml Eau de Toilette and is an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner.

Louis Vuitton to unveil jewellery boutique

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Maison Louis Vuitton, which began making bags in 1854,  will open a boutique and jewellery studio on Paris’ Place Vendôme this spring and is preparing its first perfume.

“In April we will have our own jewellery workshop and in May will will open our boutique in the same building”, the label’s head Yves Carcelle said.

The project, unveiled in an area of Paris synonymous with luxury, will allow Louis Vuitton to “rejoin the exclusive club of the few jewellers who have their own workshops on the Place” and make the coveted adornments in situ, he said.
Carcelle said there was no timetable yet for the perfume launch — and revelled in the fact that luxury meant not having to bow to pressure.

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“We just at the beginning. We’ve recruited the famous ‘nose’, Jacques Cavallier, and we are in the final phase of buying a country house in Grasse, on the French Riviera, where the perfume laboratory will be built”, he said.

Master perfumer Jacques Cavallier, 49, is the ‘nose’ behind L’Eau d’Issey, Dior Addict, Poeme by Lancôme and Stella by Stella McCartney. The deal will make Louis Vuitton one of the few labels in the world with its own exclusive ‘nose’, along with Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Hermes and Cartier.