Summer dressing in Robb Report; tailors and SMN in ...

September 6th 2016

In recent weeks there have been several pieces in magazines such as Robb Report UK and the Financial Times's luxury supplement, How To Spend It. Regular readers will be aware that I write a monthly column for How to Sp...

Summer dressing in Robb Report; tailors and SMN in ...

In recent weeks there have been several pieces in magazines such as Robb Report UK and the Financial Times's luxury supplement, How To Spend It. Regular readers will be aware that I write a monthly column for How to Sp...

Bags - PerfumeSeptember 6th 2016

Santa Maria Novella, Florence – the factory a...

March 25th 2016

The current state of Florentine perfumer Santa Maria Novella raises interesting questions about quality and product perception. Earlier in the year myself and Luke were given a tour around the brand’s new manufa...

Santa Maria Novella, Florence – the factory a...

The current state of Florentine perfumer Santa Maria Novella raises interesting questions about quality and product perception. Earlier in the year myself and Luke were given a tour around the brand’s new manufa...

Accessories - PerfumeMarch 25th 2016

The history and families of fragrance

February 3rd 2016

The history of fragrance is an interesting one. Walking through it, as I did with Floris perfumer Nicola Pozzani recently, shows how subjective many of associations with smell. (You can read the full post about my bes...

The history and families of fragrance

The history of fragrance is an interesting one. Walking through it, as I did with Floris perfumer Nicola Pozzani recently, shows how subjective many of associations with smell. (You can read the full post about my bes...

PerfumeFebruary 3rd 2016

Floris bespoke perfume

February 1st 2016

Floris, the storied London perfumers, recently invited me to try their fragrance customisation service. And I have to say it was one of the most pleasurable bespoke experiences I’ve ever had, rivalled only by my...

Floris bespoke perfume

Floris, the storied London perfumers, recently invited me to try their fragrance customisation service. And I have to say it was one of the most pleasurable bespoke experiences I’ve ever had, rivalled only by my...

Accessories - OxfordFebruary 1st 2016

Interview: Frederic Malle, selecting perfume

June 8th 2015

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Frederic Malle is the godfather of modern perfume. He was responsible for the first collections to champion the perfumer, back when designer brands were just starting to...

Interview: Frederic Malle, selecting perfume

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Frederic Malle is the godfather of modern perfume. He was responsible for the first collections to champion the perfumer, back when designer brands were just starting to...

How to - PerfumeJune 8th 2015

Buying affordable luxury

March 28th 2014

Last month, a reader asked for some recommendations of “affordable luxury”. By this, I think he meant items that weren’t necessarily that expensive, but were nonetheless luxurious. The best (a little) m...

Buying affordable luxury

Last month, a reader asked for some recommendations of “affordable luxury”. By this, I think he meant items that weren’t necessarily that expensive, but were nonetheless luxurious. The best (a little) m...

Accessories - HandkerchiefsMarch 28th 2014

How to buy fragrance – the perfumes

August 2nd 2013

Following the recent post on how to buy fragrance, this is the second installment – the brands I like and some suggestions of ones to look for. First, though, a reader asked about the difference between molecular a...

How to buy fragrance – the perfumes

Following the recent post on how to buy fragrance, this is the second installment – the brands I like and some suggestions of ones to look for. First, though, a reader asked about the difference between molecular a...

How to - PerfumeAugust 2nd 2013

How to wear fragrance

July 17th 2013

If men are scared of colour, pattern and real trousers they are terrified of perfume. If they sometimes turn to fashion brands for reassurance in their clothing, they do so constantly with fragrance. It is much-misunders...

How to wear fragrance

If men are scared of colour, pattern and real trousers they are terrified of perfume. If they sometimes turn to fashion brands for reassurance in their clothing, they do so constantly with fragrance. It is much-misunders...

How to - PerfumeJuly 17th 2013

Interview: Lorenzo Villoresi, perfumer

February 14th 2012

Read part 1 of this article, introducing the Florentine perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi, here While travelling in Morocco, Egypt, Israel and the Sudan, Lorenzo Villoresi was consistently taken with the essences and spices of ...

Interview: Lorenzo Villoresi, perfumer

Read part 1 of this article, introducing the Florentine perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi, here While travelling in Morocco, Egypt, Israel and the Sudan, Lorenzo Villoresi was consistently taken with the essences and spices of ...

Perfume - February 14th 2012

Lorenzo Villoresi: master perfumer

February 2nd 2012

Lorenzo Villoresi’s studio does not promise much from the outside. A small suite on the top floor of a building on the south side of the Arno, it is in an old but certainly not glamorous part of Florence. The dust...

Lorenzo Villoresi: master perfumer

Lorenzo Villoresi’s studio does not promise much from the outside. A small suite on the top floor of a building on the south side of the Arno, it is in an old but certainly not glamorous part of Florence. The dust...

PerfumeFebruary 2nd 2012