10 MUST-HAVE-X-MAS-PRESENTS | #03 | FRAGRANCE MONOCLE SCENT THREE: SUGI BY COMME DES GARÇONS

for me the MONOCLE series from CDG is one of my absolute favorites since years. last week the third fragrance was launched: SUGI. before there was HINOKI and LAUREL. SUGI’s top note is cypress and an intensive but so nice pepper smell. the heart note is of iris and virginia cedarwood while the base note is of pine and vetiver. a distinctive fragrance far away from mainstream. this is what my favorite fragrance dealer AUS-LIEBE-ZUM-DUFT writes about: “Created in Paris by Comme des Garçons head perfumer Antoine Maisondieu the light, energising and sophisticated fragrance is inspired by the sugi – also known as the Japanese cedar – which is a popular ornamental plant in Japan. Sugi is a refreshing unisex fragrance,  beginning with top notes of Mediterranean cypress and pepper from Madagascar,  followed by iris from Florence and cedar from Virginia, finishing with notes of pine and Haitian vetiver. “We’ve been working with Comme des Garçons for four years on Sugi and wanted it to bring a new dimension to our fragrance range,” says Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûle. “Sugi sits seamlessly alongside Hinoki and Laurel as a distinctive Monocle scent but brings an added clean, fresh and delicate appeal.“ From the amazing yellow box, to the graphic design, every element of Sugi’s packaging was created by Monocle creative director Richard Spencer Powell and his London design team to reflect the sophisiticated and intelligent values of both magazine and Comme des Garçons. The fragrance is presented in a bold yellow matte-glass bottle with similarly distinctive yellow packaging, again featuring Monocle’s highly recognizable font and design. © First in Fragrance (p/sc)”. pics | LTG


“DRECKIG BLEIBEN” … STAY DIRTY … EAU DE PARFUM

when i saw KLAUS c/o volls.de this monday, he gave me DRECKIG BLEIBEN to smell. KLAUS knows that i prefer intensive heavy weight insence parfums – no wonder i come from a very catholic region … so i tried DRECKIG BLEIBEN. the first impression: great! it is not frankincense i smell, but it is heavy and very smoky – good. the makers of this parfum describe the fragrance like this: “DRECKIG BLEIBEN opens with a harmonious note drawn of bergamot from Calabria, neroli oil from Tunisia, Sicilian mandarin and Chinese ginger. Its heart brings together the scents of the smoky oil of the cistus, of gurjum oil and of elemi, the oil of the balsam tree. The base consists of earthy cedarwood, the oil of the guaiacum tree, sandalwood and vanilla.” very masculine. the smell turns after some hours into a smooth nearly sweet fragrance, really exciting. the flacon is very nice too. the wooden top is handmade from centuries-old wood, won from timber-framed houses. and really practicable: it is double closed with a classic spray flacon. interesting, the maker of the fragance MARK BUXTON worked for COMME DES GARCONS who still make one of my absolutely favorite fragrances the SERIES 3 INCENSE. more about DRECKIG BLEIBEN, the idea, the people behind check dreckigbleiben.com. it is available at volls.de. not online yet, but soon. and hurry up, DRECKIG BLEIBEN is limited to 999 pieces! made in france. pics | LTG


LTG FAVORITES #86 | FRANKINCENSE FRAGRANCE – RUNDHOLZ PERFUME

as you know i am a great fan of PORTLAND GENERAL STORE’S WHISKEY fragrance. long before i discovered this one i took strong frankincense fragrances from COMME DE GARCONS INCENSE SERIES 3 and MONOCLE. there is another one i won’t explain – a kind of secret. but this week i discovered RUNDHOLZ PARFUMS – 03. APR. 1968 at great AUS LIEBE ZUM DUFT store. the “first in fragrance” in germany maybe in europe. just a short description for more check the AUS LIEBE ZUM DUFT SITE: “Incense, its scent is mystical considered as divine in Japan whole ceremonies are dedicated to it, in the Orient it started the art of perfumery and it was also the beginning of Lenka Rundholz’ vision, to create a unique fragrance …”  the fragrance composition: topnote – Lychee, heartnote – Heliotrope, basenote – Frankincense. the FRANKINCENSE note is so heavy that you have to be careful in use. sensational! i love this mystical heavy smell. pics | LTG


OXFORD SHOES | RED WING SHOES vs COMME DE GARCONS

hm, is this a soft version of the classic RED WING 8106? the CDG oxford has absolutely no character in
comparison to RWS 8106. it is not only soft but boring. sorry, this shoe is not even a copy, it is just
a pussy oxford which could not be safed by a VIBRAM sole. damn! my 8106 is one year old but just
worn last summer and this year for about the last 6 weeks. pics | hypebeast.com, Life Time Gear

LIFE TIME GEAR | PRIVATE FAVORITES II

today i got my beloved PANERAI LUMINOR MARINA back. FIVE months i had
to wait for a revision after the watch got broken. i wore this watch 10 years
without any break. now my daily LIFETIMEGEAR is complete again:

glasses | DITA GRAND RESERVE
wallet | REDMOON in a limited edition
pomade | AMERICAN CREW
ring 01 | SKULL by WERKSTATT MÜNCHEN
ring 02 | PERSONALIZED RING “LEVI“ – my son’s name
chain | ANCHOR by WERKSTATT MÜNCHEN
watch | PANERAI LUMINOR MARINA
scent | COMME DE GARCONS series 3 INCENSE
cuff | BILLYKIRK NO. 205 DOUBLE WRAP CUFF