Much ado about The Duke
Much ado about The Duke

What are the secrets of the British aristocracy? Are they as well behaved, courteous and polite as they seem to be? “Portraits” is a tribute to the English spirit; between establishment, humour and provocation. The family portrait starts with one of its main character: The Duke (chapter I).
Who could say if it was the evenings spent at the theatre that gave the Duke his ravishing, ravished air. A slight perfume of intrigue engulfs him nevertheless. Exquisitely ubiquitous, a decadent dandy, an utterly charming chap, virulently ambivalent, a thoroughly ambiguous first son-in-law, hearts throb wherever he goes, but not the ones you might think.
His perfume, a rose is a rose is a rose. Except when your assumptions are laid bare. Because expectations can only disappoint. When hot is cold and day is night. When florals are exclusively strong and invigorating. When leather is only soft and smooth. And whilst head-turning, whilst decadent, whilst painfully chic we should remember that transgression, (like progress and modernity) is as old as the hills, as classic as Greek and as universal as Man.


Much ado about The Duke

unisex fragrance

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Families :
woody floral
Head notes :
aldehyde, pink pepper, caraway
Heart notes :
smoke, rose, gin
Base notes :
leather, juniper, vetiver

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The founder of the brand, William Henry Penhaligon's, arrived in London in the 1860s to make a fortune and thus began his illustrious career. Creative and ambitious, William was inspired by the scents of the Turkish baths of the neighboring Jermyn street and created his first perfume, Hammam Bouquet, in 1874.

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