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Gianfranco Ferré for Man (1986)
by Gianfranco Ferré


Gianfranco Ferré for Man information

Year of Launch1986
Average Rating
(based on 144 votes)

People and companies

HouseGianfranco Ferré
Parent CompanyAngelini > ITF Cosmetics
Parent Company at launchDiana de Silva

About Gianfranco Ferré for Man

Gianfranco Ferré for Man is a masculine fragrance by Gianfranco Ferré. The scent was launched in 1986

Gianfranco Ferré for Man fragrance notes

Reviews of Gianfranco Ferré for Man

Stardate 20191119:

I don't think I can add anything to what has already been said. It is a great fragrance and a great bargain. Delivers Patou Pour Homme punch at Azzaro PH price.
Italian craft at its best. For some reason folks prefer French houses to Italian in fragrances. I could never fathom why. Oh well buy it while still cheap.
19th November, 2019
I recently read an article in the Daily Mail U.K. that Millennial's are rejecting the cheap, weak synthetic smelling fresh aquatic colognes and preferring the old school masculine classics! If that is the case, then perfume houses the world over had better take heed and bring back these amazing scents, like Gianfranco Ferre For Man. The IFRA tyrannical regulations should no longer be accepted, especially in America. The perfume houses could move their operations to America and make the perfumes the way they were in their glory days. IFRA, like the U.N. should have no authority in truly sovereign nations like America. They are destroying the art, they are destroying the industry. IFRA bans more ingredients every year just to make themselves seem relevant. Pretty soon, there will be no natural ingredients permitted. Enough! If a certain ingredient causes skin irritation on certain individuals, then all we need is a simple warning on the bottle of perfume. "Warning, this product contains ingredients that may cause skin irritation on certain individuals" See? Real simple. We don't need a ridiculous bureaucracy with tyrannical powers that requires billions of tax dollars to operate. Let's make the perfume industry GLORIOUS again, and demand that the IFRA be dismantled and banned forever. Why do we accept un-elected dictators telling us what we can and cannot wear on our bodies? Gianfranco Ferre is one of the most beautiful mens colognes ever designed. Maybe they discontinue these works of art because of IFRA regulations???
27th October, 2018
Gianfranco Ferré was a fashion designer known within his circles as "the architect of fashion", and although he was cut down tragically by a brain haemorrhage in 2006, he helped maintain a simple style rooted in Italian tradition during his years with us. Ferré must have been doing something right, because he eventually saw appointment as creative director at Christian Dior from 1989-1997. On the fragrance side of things, Gianfranco Ferré has always been small potatoes, launching Gianfranco Ferré (1984) followed by this masculine version two years later, then dotting the landscape with new releases every few years without a ton of fanfare. After his death, clothing became the biggest focus for the creative directors who inherited ownership of the label, with most fragrances seeing discontinuation in 2015, and two new feminine fragrance lines rebooting the label's scent footprint in 2016. Despite this, enough stock remains on most Gianfranco Ferré masculines that exploration isn't too painful, but this debut male fragrance is honestly the only one most colognoisseurs really need. Gianfranco Ferré for Man is beautiful hybrid style merging the French aromatic citrus chypre with the herbs and crisp moss of an Italian barbershop fougère. I'd say Gianfranco Ferré ultimately stays in the chypre lane due to it's leather base, but it's almost too gorgeous for words, and although I'm going to try my best, something this close to being the peak for it's genre needs to be experienced first hand in order to truly "get it". Best part of all? This really isn't an 80's powerhouse despite it's release year, so it's never rude in modern or strange company.

Fans of everything from Moustache by Rochas (1949) to Monsieur de Givenchy (1959), Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme (1971), Balenciaga Ho Hang (1971), Bogart Eau de Toilette Pour Homme/Bogart Signature (1975), Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (1978), Azzaro Pour Homme (1978), Un Homme Charles Jourdan (1980), Dior Jules (1980), Versace L'Homme (1984) or Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo (1984) will absolutely fawn over Gianfranco Ferré for Man; the lineage is all right there in the bottle. It has all the right moves and curves in all the right places, from it's slightly skanky citrus top, through it's green florals and herbs heart, to it's woodsy, mossy, leathery base that just wows from the minute it peaks out from under the rest. The opening of Gianfranco Ferré has been cited as unsettling to some, and well... I can see that. The top of the fragrance borrows the tart urineous lemon from Moustache but tames it a bit with manadarin in place of lime and civet. Bergamot is of course present, but once the middle arrives it's all kitchen spice rack and green herbs in the "fern" accord joined by jasmine, lavender, petitgrain, and orris root. The base is the real star of the show, and the herb-crusted floral citrus pyramid on top is merely a segue to it. Cedar, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, and a very strong oakmoss note joust with the leather under the nose, in the very same "leather in the forest" way that Dior Jules manages, but with an even crisper moss finish that stays around all day long. It's just utterly delicious.

Not everyone likes a chypre, nor does everyone like the lemony herbal treatment typical of the Italian barbershop variant, so despite my gushing, this isn't for everyone. It's flown under the radar for years and only recently has started slowly rising in price in the aftermarket, and current Gianfranco Ferré perfumers ITF Beauty couldn't give the stuff away for years, which is a real shame. Old moss heads likely already know the deal on this stuff, as it's one Hell of a mossy little number, and vintage fans into male chypres probably already have their half-dozen backup bottles too, so no big rush in this if you're new to chypres, but it will reach unobtainanium prices sooner or later if it hasn't already by the time you read this, plus there are cheaper examples to get your feet wet anyway. However, if you want to shoot almost strait to the top of the heap without messing around, this 80's latecomer to a style that arguably passed from prominence in the 70's is an excellent starting point. I dare you to find a crisper, smoother, and more composed aromatic citrus and leather masculine at any price save maybe something in the exorbitant ultra-luxe range where a home mortgage payment is the asking sum. The beautiful herbal/floral moss treatment here is nearly second to none this side of maybe deep vintage Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955), but is really closer to the aforementioned Balenciaga Ho Hang, being a good replacement for it considering how much of a unicorn that long-gone scent has become in the wild. I can't help but feel like Vito Corleone from The Godfather when doused in this stuff! Pure old-school Italian gentlemanly class for fans of mature masculines! One of the best!
31st July, 2018 (last edited: 01st January, 2019)
As others have noted the opening is quite unsettling to me as well, sharp citus (petigrain, bergamotte?) and a coniferous aspect (fir?) that I find a bit jarring. I do like sharp citrus tops such as in R de Capucci or Nobile but here it doesn't work for me. However and fortunately it gets better and better in it's evolution, a beautiful leather chypre soon emerges that can hold its own with the best of them.
Past the tops, GFM is excellent and will be in regular rotation, it offers some of the best elements of the genre in a "generic" kind of way, without some of the more unique aspects that makes others of its classe more unique (Maxim's, Macassar, Moschino for example) and that makes it an easy reach.
It also has the added benefit that it seems to be an easy and affordable vintage find.

25th June, 2018
I have a decent size spray sample of this, and it reminds me quite a bit of Patou Pour Homme, a lighter citrus version, with a smoother leather texture, a beautiful, complex fragrance.

Update: Having acquired a bottle, I'm not getting much connection to Patou Pour Homme anymore. It's a nice fragrance, just slightly sweet, agreeable, and wearable, but arguably on the tame side.
02nd December, 2017 (last edited: 03rd February, 2018)
I can't stress this enough to say if you come across a tester of Gianfranco Ferre for Man...don't pass it by...relieve your curiosity.A lot of very well praised reviews let me to blind buy this scent.I can say it's enjoyable and masculine.But not even remotely as beautiful and poetic of a green,dark,leather,and mossy cologne as others claimed.Before I go further,keep in mind Gianfranco Ferre for Men doesn't have a cap to cover the sprayer/prevent evaporation...this was a very thoughtless move.

I spray this on and it does come off as a very damp moss note with a mellow bouquet of florals...initially.No, I don't get any leather in this.It gets interesting though as it transitions to a semi-sweet pipe tobacco note,bergamot,amber and musk that seem fused together.For the first few hours it seems to retain all these notes occassionally bringing back the florals and a clean powder structure and fades out.By my third to fourth hour,all I smell is the pipe tobacco and bergamot as the projection went down a lot from very moderate to sniffing under my shirt collar to pick up anything.By hour six?it's a fart in the wind...nothing.Gianfranco Ferre for Men is a tobacco cologne that I could wear daily and live with it's imperfections if it were $20 for a 4.2oz bottle...sure as heck wasn't worth $44.I think people exaggerating this scent were wrapped up in Rudyard Kipling poetry and reading the scent notes list without actually buying and smelling it.Or at least that's the impression the well written propaganda suggests.
20th January, 2017

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