On my journey through the world of perfumery, I have had the opportunity to smell numerous variations of these two notes but never together in one scent, which got me very excited when Goldfield and Banks announced their new launch under their Botanical Series, Purple Suede; a fragrance that takes you on a beautiful journey with luminous and rustic experiences.
Leather is a note that I have a love-hate relationship with. If it’s too smoky and highly pronounced, I won’t necessarily consider wearing it. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting note that perfumers have been intrigued to play around with to come up with various concoctions. The rather daring facet of Leather has sparked significant interest in me over the years for two particular reasons. First, it’s not as overwhelming and animalic as Oud. Second, it has a warm and velvety suede-like territory if it’s properly used.
Perfumer Ilias Ermenidis composed Purple Suede around precious Woods, Spices, luxurious Leather, and pure Australian Lavender – “An ode to the pristine quality of Tasmanian lavender.” The perfume kicks off with an aromatic opening of Lavender that feels bright but slightly crisped from the Sunlight. The Lavender does not have an overtly creamy facet, but it helps the keynote, Leather, to slowly and gently flow through the veins.
The heart is all about these sensual Leather, Coriander, and slightly honeyed facet from leatherwood. The Leather gets increasingly daring and ready to take on the center stage. It no longer shies away from divulging its actual characteristics and how it really feels to wear a leather-dominant scent
Some other darker elements join the journey, and new aspects are revealed. Patchouli is essential in making the dry down phase quite dusty and earthy. Agarwood makes its presence known by just touching the hem of the garment. Civet emphatically plays a cardinal role and shares the journey with Leather in harmony. The Oakmoss grounds the fragrance towards the end, ending the journey on a high note.
Purple Suede is the darkest release by Goldfield and Banks by far, and the perfumer did a phenomenal job adding something genuinely remarkable that was missing from the brand. The fragrance is pretty masculine, but if you are a woman and a fan of straightforward leather scents, you are more than welcome to pull it off – but with fortitude and aplomb. It’s a dressy leather offering and will be more suitable in colder months with its massive projection and powerful performance.