Cologne – Frédéric Malle
Shirt – Michael Andrews Bespoke (similar)

I’ve never really been big on cologne, but when I got back from Venice last October I began an understated, yet fairly intense, search for something I detected in the air there. I’m not talking about the stench that people joke about during the summertime, but rather a subtle scent possessed by many of the stylish gentlemen I passed in the piazzas and alleys while meandering around the city. It was masculine, yet clean. Intriguing, not overbearing.

I was so fascinated by the effect it had on me that a couple months later during a business trip to New York City, I approached a gentleman at the perfume counter in Barneys and described to him my recollection of the scent. He informed me that I seemed to be talking about a “typical European Eau de Cologne” and encouraged me to smell this. His recommendation was spot on. And I found it inspiring to meet someone who was such an expert about something I could only articulate in a cursory manner.

Scents have the power to transport you. Have you had experiences that can be defined by an intriguing scent?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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