Fragrances are commonly regarded as one of the most personal items in a man’s or woman’s grooming cabinet. Undoubtedly, when it comes to sensorial perception, smell plays a primordial role to the point where memories of particular persons or places are inherently associated with specific scents. It’s like part of memories are comprised by an olfactive fraction which comes into play whenever you come across that particular odor. Developing such an intricate relation with its wearer as well as those around him/her, fragrances easily become a tough, personal choice based solely on individual taste.
Despite the never ending amount of available alternatives, categorized according to its main notes and family such as floral, spicy or woody, there are those who develop a special bond with a unique scent which often becomes somewhat of a trademark. Then again, others prefer to continuously rotate their selection to cover the widest possible spectrum. Whichever group you fall into, I believe one should have at least as many fragrances as “fashion” seasons.
Much like what happens with garments come a new season, your scent should follow and adapt to the days to come. Summer is time for fresher fragrances, with hints of fruit or citruses overpowering the more wintery notes of spices and wood. If you’re looking for a unique essence with strong personality give Diptyque Philosykos a try; I’ve been wearing it for a while now and I must say it has become a personal favourite along with the discontinued Paul Smith London.
Word of advice? If you’re struggling to find that perfect gift, stay away from perfumes: unless it’s someone who religiously wears the same one for years, there’s a high risk of missing it by a long shot.
If you ask for shopping advice or read any of the numerous guides on Rome, your search will most likely be narrowed to Via Condotti and its surrounding area, where the amount of high end labels flagship stores is uncanny. Mind you, I’m not complaining…how could I when you run into Kiton, Prada, Brioni, Hermès, Cucinelli and more in a 300m radius?
However, after cruising those overwhelming luxury filled streets it was refreshing to come across a multi-brand shop where several personal favourites came together: Beams+, Barbour and Woolrich among others. WP suddenly felt like home: upon arrival you’re greeted by its super friendly staff members, ready to lend you hand while you lose yourself within the uniquely designed environment. On the right, an indoor tent solely devoted to Beams+ stood proud showcasing the Japanese brand latest offerings, while the opposite side hosted Barbour’s classics along with Steve McQueen’s limited edition, perfectly framed by a worn in leather sofa. Further in, Woolrich Bros. presented a wide array of garments and accessories, complemented by those of Reigning Champ, Smart Turnout and Brooks.
This eclectic mix of garments/design is what makes WP into a shopping experience of its own, bringing together top garments and a comfortable feeling of belonging to all its customers. If you’re ever in the Italian capital and want to get your hands on some great ready to wear alternatives while waiting for your bespoke suits, do yourself a favor and head over to WP.