This was one of my earliest vintage acquisitions. I lucked upon a 125ml size of the 1st release, in box. Having little to compare it to, I enjoyed it right away. In time as I broadened my fragrance experiences, my fondness for Ferre For Man only increased.
Yes, it is a dark fougère of the dry kind, with a brilliant blend of leather, oakmoss, herbs and florals, all the while maintaining a smooth quality. Nothing harsh. Unfortunately, Gianfranco reformulated this wonderful fragrance twice. The second version is still quite nice, but I prefer the first. The latest version... well, I wouldn't say it's as off the mark as the latest KOUROS, but if you know the first it'll be all you want. :-)
I would say its one of the most civilized and modernized fragrances of the 80's powerhouse era. And fortunately for those who enjoy it, it is not talked about much, leaving more chances to find it for reasonable prices.
Ferré for Man is another good and austere masculine fougère with the typical Italian dark "gloominess" of many Italian masculine scents of its era. A dark and dry elegance comprising traditional accords of mossy, herbal, leather and earthy notes, with a hint of traditional masculine flowers. Although being quite a conventional dark fougère, it still has its own personality, mostly expressed in a slightly more restrained, lighter and more sophisticated look, if compared to other similar but rawer powerhouses like Quorum. And above all, a genius sweet/floral breeze all over, which gives the scent a breath of grace and gentle class. Modern and sophisticated.
18th July, 2014 (last edited: 21st July, 2014)
A real surprise. Unlike many of the monster scents of the 1980's in that it never is too strong or pungent. From the opening citrus notes, it changes to a floral that is unique and then finishes with a an oakmoss and vetiver, supported by a beautiful sandalwood. I paid 20 dollars for 4.2 ounces of this amazing scent on ebay! Love it beyond words! It has to be the bargain of my lifetime. Only hope Ferre never stops making it. Truly sophisticated and unlike any of the other 65 fragrances that I own. A supreme masterpiece!
I can’t say that Gianfranco Ferré for Man’s top notes of dry lavender and sour citrus are appealing, but after about ten minutes the acidic citrus loses its edge and a tarragon-seasoned fougère accord blooms out of the lavender. Hints of smoky leather, tobacco, and a carefully modulated musk warm and enrich the aromatic fougère arrangement and help align Gianfranco Ferré with its near contemporaries Jules and Lauder for Men. While juniper and moss leave Gianfranco Ferré smelling unmistakably of its era, it is neither overbearing nor bombastic. Instead the scent offers a rare degree of balance and nimbleness that make it more easy to wear today than some of its more bulky and assertive peers.
As time wears on Gianfranco Ferré veers further towards leather, with vetiver and moss base notes painting an outdoorsy, forest floor background for the bergamot and aromatics. A quiet, yet distinctly expressed jasmine note adds an unexpected element of softness to a composition that might otherwise have come across as crude or growly. A dusty sandalwood and cedar accord extends this softness into the drydown, which drifts from open air vigor to domestic comfort as it goes. A very good all around scent, once you get past the awkward top notes.
Exquisite, manly and sexy Italian fragrance. The citrus opening with the woody dry down is gorgeous. I love that it lasts more than 7 hours on me. Wore it to the office this morning and my co-workers love it.