Like many other Dapper Chappers I was seduced by Acqua di Parma a long time ago.
But before my infatuation many before have had the same love affair. In fact we have to go back to 1916 when master perfumers created a new fragrance in a small perfumer’s laboratory in the old town centre of Parma. It was unusually fresh and modern compared to the perfumes of German origin, stronger and more intense, that were then popular. This was the first real Italian eau de cologne, and it expressed a new sensibility.
Now, Acqua di Parma is the expression of exclusively Italian savoir vivre and savoir faire. Quality, creativity, elegance and exclusiveness are the values underpinning the Acqua di Parma style.
With that in mind of course we sat up when we heard there was a new fragrance to join the Colonia range. Colonia has close ties to the world of Italian tailoring, where elegance, sophistication and class are of equal importance – all traits we care for here at Dapper Chapper.
Acqua di Parma is known for making some incredible fragrances but also some beautifully crafted products, including leather goods. The next addition to the Colonia range follows down this path taking inspiration from the Tuscany tanneries. Chappers we give you Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather.
Acqua di Parma take us through a journey of Italian craftmenship with a scent that is smoky and rich with leather accord dominant, creating an earthy aroma that is best likened to hand made leather. Softer notes of citrus, honeysuckle, rose, red thyme oil and raspberry combine to make a wonderful end result.
What they say “Colonia Leather fully unveils its personality and brings memories of a unique journey to the mind. A powerful leather accord emerges from the base, originally constructed around precious ingredients. A classic like birch oil, which used to be employed as a tanning agent, comes in its deepest and most intense variety, perfectly matching the top citrus notes.
Precious resins, like cistus and olibanol offer a surprising note, for an unprecedented aromatic tone. This combination of scents reveals its almost tactile abundance when joined with the rich and spicy base, with Moroccan cedar wood and Paraguayan guaiac oil.”
The scent is bold. It has identity and is designed for a Dapper Chapper that wants to make a statement. Avoid it if you want something light and discreet.
One thing that comes as no surprise with an Acqua di Parma fragrance is the beautifully designed bottle. The iconic Art Deco bottle is finished with shades of dark browns and the bottle lays in a case which boasts a sophisticated bronze satin lining. It will become more than a bottle of aftershave on your dresser. It’s a piece of art in itself.
Two sizes are available: the classic 100ml and the high impact 180ml costing £140 & £185 respectively.