Ermenegildo Zegna has been on a bit a roll over the last 12 months when it comes to luxurious fragrances that hit the mark. The Italian fashion and style house have done it again with the launch of its latest line up, the Essenze Collection of eau de parfums. The five-strong range has been created to complement the tastes of today’s modern man discerning gent. It’s an exciting launch from the label just in time for the summer months.
The new collection has been developed to exhibit the key characteristics of confidence, sophistication and distinguished ability – but the important thing from DiscerningGent.com’s perspective is the versatility of the collection for any season or scenario. Each intense fragrance showcases a single precious ingredient blended with Zegna’s private reserve of Bergamot hand-harvested in Italy’s Calabria.
Taking a closer look at the collection, these can be clearly defined when each scent is looked at individually:
Italian Bergamot: Bright, elegant, expressive. A bold and iconic fragrance tailored around Zegna’s signature Bergamot, its effervescent edge is energized by spicy pepper. A fresh burst of rosemary evokes crisp lines of sharp suiting refined by neroli as warm vetiver and lush Tonka bean finish with powerful depth. The fashion house recommendation: pair it with a bespoke, impeccably tailored Zegna suit with a fresh flower on the lapel and a bright silk pocket square.
Florentine Iris: Bold, refined, sensual. Velvety and complex, the rich texture of three expressions of iris converge coupled by intense violet and the modernity of jasmine and musk. A bright splash of Zegna’s hand-harvested Bergamot brings sophisticated freshness to the strength of the signature as the lasting woody floral depth heightens impact. The fashion house recommendation: wear it with a crisp white shirt under a luxuriously soft cashmere sweater as you sip cappuccinos at an outdoor café.
Indonesian Oud: Intense, exotic, sophisticated. Magnifying the strength of precious oud from Indonesia, this luxuriously dark and mysterious oriental woody amber fragrance opens with a wave of Zegna’s exclusive Bergamot that threads freshness against the backdrop of opulent rose. Patchouli deepens the bold, masculine composition with rich complexity, adding lasting dimension while the intensity of the precious oud is heightened by smoldering Amber. The fashion house recommendation: wear it to an exclusive party with a black velvet tux, no tie, open collar.
Mediterranean Neroli: Vibrant, rich, transportive. The zesty citrus note of Mediterranean neroli and the herbal freshness of tarragon combined with the warmth of spicy saffron and intoxicating labdanum, with a touch of amber adds to the complex contrast and power of this fragrance. The fashion house recommendation: layer this citrus amber fragrance with a graphic print linen t-shirt, luxe leather jacket and dark denim jeans for an exciting Vespa ride down the Amalfi Coast at sunset.
Madras Cardamom: Dynamic, adventurous, exotic. The masculine scent is brought by combining the intense spice of green cardamom, pink pepper and Zegna’s reserve of Bergamot. Coffee, vanilla bean and ambrox add warmth. Depth and character are revealed through the smooth textures of Virginian cedarwood, vetiver and cistus absolute. The fashion house recommendation: wear it on the go with a suede bomber jacket paired with modern sneakers and a fine nappa leather backpack during a long weekend away with friends.
Continuing the theme set by previous scents from Ermenegildo Zegna, the bottle is also standout in appearance and follows the same form-factor as The Life Collection from 2018. Cased in beautiful smoked glass with the classic magnetic black cap and sized for travel convenience ease so the discerning gent can take his favourite scent on holiday too.
RRP £165/100ml exclusively from Harrods