Friday, June 06, 2008

Grès Cabochard


I know this post is going to read like sacrilege for some, but all I can really say about Grès Cabochard (1959) is "ladies' handbag". It's just a pure dry leather scent, with a very true-to-life animalic smell. It's so classical, I see perfectly clean lines in a predictable textbook structure. I suspect the honey (which is used in leather scents) is what gives it the rich texture, combined with a classic jasmine-rose heart over a cauldron brew of leather-tobacco-castoreum-labdanum-amber-patchouli. It paved the road for Knowing and Halston, and I can't wear any of these but I admire their bold, "beat-me-over-the-head-with-a-handbag" strength.