Bespoken Word: Tips for Finding Your Signature Scent

Some helpful tricks for landing on a fragrance that works for you.

I first started to wear cologne sometime in my early teens, my choice being defined mainly by triggered memories that would make me smile, like how my father smelled as he left for work in the mornings. Years later, as my personal style evolved, I felt a strong need to find a signature scent, something that l would truly reflect my personality. Like most good things, it takes a little effort to find your signature scent. Walk into a department store and you’ll be bombarded with smells and possibilities. Navigating through the sea of smell and samples in search of the perfect scent can be a little tricky. It’s often about trial and error.

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CREED – Available in-stores at Saks Fifth Avenue. Email services@s5a.com for details.

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I first started to wear cologne sometime in my early teens, my choice being defined mainly by triggered memories that would make me smile, like how my father smelled as he left for work in the mornings. Years later, as my personal style evolved, I felt a strong need to find a signature scent, something that l would truly reflect my personality. Like most good things, it takes a little effort to find your signature scent. Walk into a department store and you’ll be bombarded with smells and possibilities. Navigating through the sea of smell and samples in search of the perfect scent can be a little tricky. It’s often about trial and error.

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CREED – Available in-stores at Saks Fifth Avenue. Email services@s5a.com for details.

When I first took an interest in CREED a few years back I met with a CREED specialist, Luis Cavallo. He gave me insights on the brand as well as general rules regarding scents and some precious tips on how to find the fragrance that captures your essence without a word. Luis suggested that a man should have two different scents if he is under pressure during the day at work. “Your brain associates the smell with a stressful mode – wear a different fragrance when you’re not working, a fragrance that smells how you want to feel.”

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 Acqua Di Parma

Colonia Intensa Oud Eau de Cologne  I  Colonia Eau de Cologne Splash  I  Colonia Essenza Eau De Cologne

Colonia Intensa Eau de Cologne Spray  I  Colonia Assoluta Eau de Cologne  I  Colonia Eau de Cologne Natural

When testing perfumes, It is recommended you should try on three or four scents at once, any more and your nose is likely to become confused. You will first have to spray the perfume on a test paper, to have an idea before applying it on the skin, where the skin is especially warm and where there is good blood circulation. The heat helps diffuse and magnify the aroma. The “pulse points” on the body are therefore the perfect activators for perfume. Because fragrance rises, it should be applied to several pulse points – not just, for instance, at the base of the throat. After allowing between five to ten minutes to get past the top notes and the base note kicking in, you will be able to decide what scent compliments you the best.

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Remember to Always Test Fragrances on Paper First

Later on, when you will find your signature scent, remember that rubbing in the scent to dry the fragrance isn’t a good idea, because you’ll bruise the notes, dull their development, in other words lose some of the perfume’s beauty.

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Le Labo:

Jasmin 17  I  Fleur d’Oranger  I  Iris 39  I  Labdanum 18  I  Lys 41

Attention to details and finding the elements that speak for you are key to developing ones personal style. While there are countless colognes, countless possibilities, there is something timeless in discovering one’s signature scent. The question is no longer what cologne do you wear, but are you wearing the right cologne?

 

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Indispensible Essentials: Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2014

The last word in Italian men's luxury.

Salvatore Ferragamo is a very special breed of “luxury brand.” It’s one of those very quintessential Italian labels, and yet, Ferragamo got its start not in the designer’s homeland, but in California, where he quickly catapulted himself to the tippy tops of the fashion heap in 1914 as he became the imminent shoemaker to the stars.

Fast-forward 100 years, where Ferragamo remains vital, necessary and completely indispensable, particularly for men. It is a brand that has become synonymous with male luxury and professionalism. A century later and the Italian stalwart house has never felt more relevant. Take a look below and see what sleek men’s Ferragamo must-haves just landed for fall.

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 Ferragamo Essentials for the Modern Man

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Salvatore Ferragamo is a very special breed of “luxury brand.” It’s one of those very quintessential Italian labels, and yet, Ferragamo got its start not in the designer’s homeland, but in California, where he quickly catapulted himself to the tippy tops of the fashion heap in 1914 as he became the imminent shoemaker to the stars.

Fast-forward 100 years, where Ferragamo remains vital, necessary and completely indispensable, particularly for men. It is a brand that has become synonymous with male luxury and professionalism. A century later and the Italian stalwart house has never felt more relevant. Take a look below and see what sleek men’s Ferragamo must-haves just landed for fall.

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 Ferragamo Essentials for the Modern Man

Ponte Double Monk Strap Leather Dress Shoes  I  Ten-Forty-One Leather Bifold Wallet

Sardegna Suede Belt  I  Suede Buckled Driving Loafers  I  Suede Gancini Belt

Suede Driving Loafers  I  Ponce Brogue Lace-Up Oxfords  I  Double Gancini Leather Belt

Stockpile on more pristine Italian essentials from Salvatore Ferragamo.


Bespoken Word: An Insider’s Look at Eton of Sweden

See why 86 years later, Eton remains a menswear power player.

About three years ago, as my personal style was evolving and I was starting to move away from classic dress shirts, I came across Eton of Sweden at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

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Eton of Sweden at Pitti Uomo

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About three years ago, as my personal style was evolving and I was starting to move away from classic dress shirts, I came across Eton of Sweden at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

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Eton of Sweden at Pitti Uomo

I found that Eton stands out as a multi-faceted shirt company: dressed or relaxed fit, pattern or solid, colorful or white, shirt enthusiasts are certainly spoilt with choice, with indisputable quality and virtuoso craftsmanship to boot. Established in 1928 in the small village of Gånghester, Sweden, Eton has become a major player in men’s fashion, honoring its founders’ legacy of uncompromising quality.

I remember having a conversation with Eton’s head designer Sebastian Dollinger a few years ago. “I like to believe that people should get what they pay for,” Dollinger said then. “We invest our money back into the product; our product does the advertising. Ultimately what you purchase from us is the quality of the shirt,” he explained.

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Head Designer Sebastian Dollinger Out in His Element

Eton introduces 14 shirts every month, while their spring collection comes with over 50 different shirts. This is a brand that boasts not just one, but three impressive collections: Green ribbon is more casual and perfect if you are looking to add a little spice to your everyday attire, Red ribbon is the not-too-classic dressy shirt and DNA is their top of the line dress shirt. The latter two are made of the best wrinkle free cotton, allowing the wearer to go through the day with a shirt that stays impeccable.

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 All in the DnA – Eton’s Founders: David and Annie Pettersson

A shirt isn’t just a shirt and Eton knows that well. “The shirt is the most intimate part of the wardrobe (besides the underwear). Not all guys wear suits, but all professionals wear button up shirts.” says Erik Wilkinson, head of global marketing at Eton of Sweden. “Shirts are one of the best things in your wardrobe to have fun with.”

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Eton: Bringing Color to Men’s Closets

What makes Eton the shirt to have is what Wilkinson refers to as “the winning touch, the recipe,” he says. “Some brands have great prints, but questionable fit, some have the fit but are boring, with little newness. The recipe is what distinguishes a great shirt. Never resting on our laurels, we offer more, thus empowering both the wholesaler and retailer in order to delight the consumer.” Erik shared with me one of the company’s mottos, a Swedish saying: “It’s all in the walls.” For him this is about uncompromising quality in everything Eton does, from the buying of Supima and Egyptian cotton from a consortium of farmers in Peru to the high-tech 35-step finishing process in Switzerland. It’s an ideology that the entire team embraces and has become part of the everyday fabric of the brand.

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World Class Beauties on Display

At the end of our conversation Erik shared with me that the brand doesn’t look to pin point their customer; instead, they look to do what seems like the impossible – “to delight everyone.” You may chuckle at the response, but when you think about it, a great shirt not only delights the wearer, it can also make those who see him wearing it smile. Maybe Eton’s plan isn’t a mission impossible after all.

 See why the Scandinavians make them best via Eton of Sweden.