Paul Smith Portrait, the new fragrance for Men & Women inspired by his love of travel and passion for photography they are the result of a two-year collaboration between the designer and new generation perfumer Barnabé Fillion. The result is an evocative snapshot of the designer’s travels, memories, passions and inspirations in the shape of two complex, sophisticated and multi-faceted fragrances bursting with originality, authenticity and Paul Smith’s signature style. Although the two fragrances are totally different they are connected by no less than four key notes: bergamot, cardamon, myrrh and tea (black tea in the case of Portrait For Women and Green Tea in Portrait For Men). The tea note, key to both fragrances, is especially important to the designer, who associates the rich aroma of Black Tea with visits to Indian markets and the distinctive smell of Green Tea with Japan, a country he’s visited nearly 100 times. Along with the other notes (the wild rose one at the heart of Portrait For Women was inspired by Paul’s memories of his uncle’s garden in Nottingham) they combine to take the wearer on an olfactory journey into the world of Paul Smith.
For Men, it is a woody, spicy fragrance with a deep, sensual musky base, Portrait For Men is characterised by a distinctive Green Tea note, along with Cardamom, Pink Pepper, Cedarwood and a sweet, sensual balsamic facet thanks to Tolu Balm. For women, it is a fresh, green floral fragrance, Portrait for Women is crisp, light and feminine with a spicy, fruity edge, powdery heart and a sensual musky dry down.