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Richard James (2003)
by Richard James

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Richard James information

Year of Launch2003
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 129 votes)

People and companies

HouseRichard James
PerfumerYves Cassar
Parent CompanyAspects Beauty Company > Juniper

About Richard James

Richard James is a masculine fragrance by Richard James. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Yves Cassar

Reviews of Richard James

Savile Row is easy to like. Having been released in 2003, it was ahead of its time in its heavy use of ginger, a note that would come to dominate the 2000s in similar releases like Dolce & Gabanna The One and Dior Homme Sport 2012. The One toned down the florals and amped up the cardamom, while Dior Homme Sport 2012 removed the tobacco and amped up the ginger to breaking point. This trend peaked with the release of Tom Ford For Men, which is essentially a grown-up Savile Row with high-grade materials and the butch-factor turned up to 11.

Savile Row opens impressively with a rush of supercharged molecules that have a passing resemblance to bergamot, rosemary and cardamom. When this opening accord exits after 45 seconds, the tobacco appears briefly for a few minutes, smelling faintly like cigarette smoke in a room. Then follows a mandarin-ginger accord that also smells great, supported by a floral mix that is pleasant but indistinct, and a tad plasticky or rubbery. Ofcourse tuberose has this rubbery facet, but a tuberose lover will be disappointed by the effort made here to represent tuberose even though the fragrance itself continues to smell good. In the later stages, 5 hours in, a smooth patchouli interacts with amber and suede and a mossy note. Thankfully Savile Row does not falter at these late stages, becoming cozy and seductive.

It’s a shame that discontinued prices are now hovering around the $90-$100 USD because at that price I’d rather buy a discounted bottle of The One or upgrade to a discounted bottle of Tom Ford For Men.
06th August, 2018
I got a decant of this as it's hard to find in the US at this time. I was hoping to like this, and I wasn't disappointed. It is fresh, slightly synthetic, but enjoyable. It's funny, but I get a bit of a dryer sheet vibe from Savile Row...but I still like it. Petitgrain can smell like that to me at times depending on what it's blended with. This has a classy feel to it and I think it would fit well in a coat and tie setting.
15th November, 2017
Having read the reviews here and seeing a UK chain selling this off dirt cheap a little while back, I thought that £10 for a 50ml bottle was good going and made the purchase. I wasn't that impressed with the smelling strip, to be completely honest, feeling that it was too much of a melange and perhaps a little old-fashioned to be inspired. However, I put it away for cooler days, and I am now glad that I have dug it out, tried it, and worn it several times in recent days.

Savile Row starts off with a punchy and perhaps even camp rose, with a touch of detectable ginger and spices. Over the next few minutes the tuberose is accompanied by a very good tobacco note, moving the scent quickly into masculine territory. Over time the transition is to one of a spicy leather-tobacco, with hints of moss and vetiver. The final stage approaches something akin to Imperial Leather talc: soft, powdery, but with a spine. I don't find Savile Row to be cloying or linear, as some reviewers; rather providing the right kind of performance and subtle development suitable for an autumn/winter scent. Nor does the highly populated note pyramid translate into a confused olfactory experience. It's a very stylish and understated masculine with quite possibly something for everyone.

So for the money, incredibly good value; and perhaps just a great scent full stop.
12th October, 2017
Lovely perfume, this. It's suitably masculine, the right amount of sweet (just barely), and complex smelling; warm and spicy as described below. It does take a slightly cloying powdery turn as it develops.
06th August, 2016 (last edited: 07th August, 2016)
Savile Row is a slightly unusual composition, initially substandard and messy, it develops into a fine, if linear blend of sweet floral notes with light leather overtones. Towards the end of a wearing I sometimes become irked and fatigued by its repetitive note. Consequently, it is only an occasional visitor to my skin these days and then only on cooler days. Given its modest price, it belongs firmly in the company of other bang for buckers like Zino, Carven Homme and Horizon.
01st April, 2016 (last edited: 02nd April, 2016)
From the listed notes and the reviews, it should have been a keeper in my collection; tuberose and suede sounds really nice. It was a disappointment from the first spray, where I could feel the alcohol together with a combination of white flowers with a vague and poorly made suede node.
I have no issues with white flowers, but couldn't distinguish any flower, so my tuberose wasn't there. And the suede…a very cheaply made accord. It doesn't change much; the flowers become more prominent and the suede, thankfully fades to not even be noticed after a couple of hours which makes the fragrance to lean on the feminine side. Pretty powerful at the first spray and within the first hour. After that, it's starting to become closer to the skin and by the sixth hour it's almost gone. A real disappointment.
31st March, 2016

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