New York perfumer Bond No. 9 will launch its latest fragrance for its collection of scents dedicated to the Big Apple on November 1. Its newest concoction, Washington Square, was inspired by the eponymous park in Manhattan at the base of Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village.
Washington Square, like all other Bond No. 9 fragrances, is unisex. The eau de parfum is a warm, floral and woody scent with top notes of Italian bergamot and tarragon, middle notes of purple rose, and base notes of vetiver and leather accord. Bond No. 9 wanted the perfume to convey the spirit of rebelliousness that has long pervaded Washington Square - the public space has been frequented by dissident artists like Marcel Duchamp, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, as well as by hipster students from the nearby New York University.
Bond No. 9 (which derives its name from its Manhattan headquarters at 9 Bond Street), is aiming to mark each New York neighborhood with a signature scent of its own. Previous fragrances include Park Avenue, a light floral perfume matching the posh address, and New Haarlem - an androgynous patchouli and coffee scent that reflects the urban, jazzy vibe of the district. Both fragrances sell for $215 (100 ml), $150 (50 ml) and $45 (7 ml).
Arriving on-counter next month, Washington Square will be sold at Bond No. 9's four New York stores, at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, at Harrods in London, and online for shoppers requiring international shipping. Retail prices are as follows: $230 (3.4 ounces), $150 (1.7 ounces), $95 (gold pocket spray).
Other options for smelling like the Big Apple, sans literally reeking of taxicab exhaust and bagels, include Carolina Herrera's 212 (a light floral fragrance with musk undertones), Sarah Jessica Parker's SJP NYC (a fruity floral scent) and Honoré des Prés's trio of NYC-inspired organic fragrances from its We Love New York collection- Vamp à NY (tuberose flower mixed with rum aromas), Love Coco (an exotic blend of spiced coconut milk and coriander leaf) and I Love Les Carottes (carrots, Caribbean vanilla and patchouli).
Shop online for Bond No. 9 Washington Square: http://www.bondno9.com/