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“Demanding Authority”

KNIZE : Ten

by Roubert (1920)

House founded Czech military man named Joseph Kniže (pronounced knishe). Knize Ten was released in 1924, the “ten” representing the highest handicap in polo, the chic sport whose images Knize used in its advertising. One of the first modern leather scents, together with CARON: Tabac Noir (1919). Possibly the collaborative effort of the era's greatest noses: Roubert, Coty and Beaux. Worn by James Dean.

Floral leather, not too far away from GUERLAIN: Mitsouko (1919), but more masculine and leathery. Cloves, aldehydes and soft, floral elements. Austere, but sensual.