Paul Smith is a British fashion designer who became, since 2000 the largest designer label in Great Britain. He founded his business in 1970, first with a small shop focused in menswear then moving to the introduction of his first men collection in 1976 in Paris, and the premiere of a women’s line in the 1990’s.
The debut fragrance from this British fashion house arrived on the market in 2000, under the name Paul Smith Original. More recent, Paul Smith Man was introduced in July 2009 as a woody floral musk fragrance (to be more accurate “a woody iris fragrance”), developed by perfumer Nathalie Lorson. Reportedly targeting a representation of the British elegance and a “truly Paul Smith, truly addictive”, Paul Smith Man intends to be more accessible, compared to its predecessor, the masculine Paul Smith Story, described as “a bit too intellectual” and therefore appealing more to the market of niche perfumery.
Take into account that it’s been a while since I intended to sniff one of Paul Smith perfumes and two days ago, I finally decided for Paul Smith Man. After sniffing it I can not say that I was pleasantly impressed, nor disappointed, that’s why I will label this perfume as a well-behaved and nothing more.
From the outset, the blend of citruses (bergamot and yuzu) in Paul Smith Man announced something more interesting. Sadly, the mid development followed with a soft floral facet (iris, violet and anise) that brought a too subtle aroma for my taste. That drawback was somehow redeemed in the dry down, except the fact that I did not perceived any of the incense note listed in the base; other official notes at this stage include patchouli and Tonka bean.
The bottle that holds Paul Smith Man is an image of elegance, with its rectangular shape and the black colored scheme complemented by some hints of yellow and white.
Paul Smith Man Perfume Details
- Paul Smith Man is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is poor.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Floral Musk
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2009
- Perfumer: Nathalie Lorson
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual