Maison Martin Margiela has made a name for itself over the past two decades for sending some of the most innovatively cut items down the catwalk, and also by curating, recutting and reproducing some of the most interesting vintage clothes from around the world in its Replica range (signified by the circled number three if you’re looking at the design house’s trademark labels). The design house is looking to do the same with its fragrances, by capturing a situation from the past and replicating it in a fragrance that can be worn today.
For their first male fragrance – Replica Jazz Club – the label is taking a trip back in time to a pre-smoking ban Brooklyn circa 2003 to a bar filled with “heady cocktails and cigars” and presumably a trumpet or two. Sweet and woody, the after-hours scent is led by notes of neroli, rum, orange and peppercorns with warm vetiver and tobacco bringing up the base (or should that be bass?).
Wondering how they get the brand’s trademark stitches onto a fragrance? The coppery coloured scent comes in a no-nonsense clear bottle with white string wound around the spray. Snipping it off or not – as the most hardcore of fans would advise – is up to you.