August 24, 2010

Sartorial - Giveaway

Dear creatures of the male persuasion -- a treat for you! Penhaligon's commissioned Bertrand Duchaufour to make a new scent for men. It is called Sartorial, inspired by the bespoke artistry of Savile Row, where suits are completely hand made. Oakmoss, beeswax, tonka bean and lavender, woods, ozonic and metallic effects, leather, violet leaf, honey and spices to recreate the atmosphere of the tailor's workroom. It smells like steam ironed fine white linen sewn with silk thread run through beeswax, with a little of the hay they use to stuff the lapels of the suit jackets. It has a subtle, freshly washed and shaved tone.

BD was inspired by the legendary Norton & Sons, the oldest tailor on Savile Row. He mentions the blocks of wax they run the silk and cotton thread through to attach the buttons, the oiled steel shears cutting through fine fabric, the tobacco tinted wood lined work room, the air tinted with the old paper patterns and chalk dust from marking the most beautiful suiting fabrics in the world.

There was an actual suit of this kind at the Penhaligon's presentation, and I could see the darker grey hand stitching on the paler grey lapels and edgings, and the very tactile lightly textured quality of the cloth, and the subtle shades of neutral colors - it was rather quietly amazing.

The packaging is artful too, there is that neutral grey bow tie on the bottle's neck, and the box has a clever design of a needle and thread reaching around the sides. Someday may you all have the pleasure of hand tailored clothing made by a master of the art. In the meantime, please leave a comment and let me know you are interested in participating in the draw. It would be nice to think of a guy wandering around with this subtle and smart fragrance about him. So don't be shy, and put your hat in the ring.

I will pick a winner in one week and post the winner on August 31st. So check back!

The scent will be available in October of this year.

Right photo, Penhaligon's in London. The tailor above is building a suit in the traditional way, like an architectural model...

See more on English perfumers including Penhaligon's at a prior post.

17 comments:

StyleSpy said...

Throwing my hat in the ring for the draw. I'll make it a fedora.

Lucy said...

Style Spy, if only you would throw those red satin heels...they are iconic

brian said...

Here's my hat.

Isa said...

I'm not a boy so I don't know if I can be entered in the draw.
If I can, please, enter me :)

Thank you very much!
I (almost) always love Bertrand Duchaufour's work.

kjanicki said...

The owner of my local perfume shop says she's smelled it and it's great. I'd really like a sample, please enter me.

Lucy said...

This is a full bottle dears, and best for men, if you are one or you know one who would like it...

squishiefishy said...

This scent sounds like something my boyfriend would love to try. Please enter me, and thanks!

Lucy said...

Dear Squishie,

what a cute site you have! I am honored to enter you as proxy for your boyfriend, esp. if he has anything to do with those polaroids...or even if not. Good luck! A nice treat once in a while is a necessary thing...

Qwendy said...

Hi there, I have someone in my house who would love one of those bespoke suits, so the tailoring of the box and 'fume sound like a great way to start! Count us in ; ) And I'll see you in NY in late October, OK???

Lucy said...

Sounds good Qwendy!

Scent Hive said...

My husband would love to give this lovely sounding fragrance a whirl. Can you enter me on his behalf?? :-)

Best,
Trish

Lucy said...

Of course, Trish. He's such a good guy.

Alysia said...

This seems right up my alley, I'd love to try it.

Bellatrix said...

I would love to try :) On Monday it is 2nd anniversary of our marriage. This would be great surprise haha.

Lucy said...

Wow B, year #2, sure you're in.

Arthur K. Nguyen said...

Throwing my hat in the ring, if the contest is still on! Haven't truly liked a penhaligon's fragrance since Opus 1871, but this one sounds terrific.

Lucy said...

Good luck Arthur, I will post the winner tonight...