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Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta is the Italian fashion house whose signature design element is .....woven leather, especially in handbags. Their Cabat bag lists for $14,200 in their New York store on Fifth Avenue.
Now Bottega Veneta has launched a perfume which is based, of course, on leather. It’s a floral chypre, envisioned by Tomas Meier, the Creative Director of Bottega Veneta, and developed by perfumer Michel Almairac, the nose who created Armani Privé Cuir Améthyste and Gucci Rush, among others. An article in the October Harper’s Bazaar about Tomas Meier, says the new fragrance “smells like the inside of a brand-new Bottega bag that’s held a bouquet of crushed jasmine.” And it does.
When I get my first sniff of Bottega Veneta on my skin, I’m taken aback, and, well – surprised. I can’t smell the leather. I smell citrusy soft jasmine and some spice, but not leather; a few minutes later the scent sweetens a little with caramel notes, but not leather - the scent is very soft and quiet.
The leather shows up in the dry down, but it’s not Russian leather, or saddle leather, or Rolls-Royce seat leather. This leather note has a fruity tinge to it, softly scented like peach or apricot skin, and as the dry down continues I smell an elegant, rather than earthy, patchouli and green oak moss – the chypre emerges fully formed. It’s a superbly lovely scent, floral but not too sweet, leathery and rich but not overwhelming, with a milky powdery waft that makes it elegant and extremely wearable.
On the surface the scent seems quite simple, but Bottega Veneta is extremely well-designed – created from top-quality materials, perfectly balanced, elegantly luxurious , with a timeless quality to it.
Notes: patchouli, oak moss, bergamot, jasmine and pink pepper.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Michel Almairac

Price: $5.00