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Blacks Club Leather (2014)
by Shay & Blue

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Blacks Club Leather information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 12 votes)

People and companies

HouseShay & Blue
PerfumerJulie Massé

About Blacks Club Leather

Created in partnership with Blacks Club of Dean Street, Soho, as a "homage to the eclectic membership and celebration of the spirit of bohemia."

Blacks Club Leather fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Blacks Club Leather

This fragrance is indeed like sinking into a big, comfortable club chair. Well-aged leather with a beautiful patina, and smooth, polished woods under your fingers. A drink in hand; something strong and no-nonsense, flavored with a piece of orange rind. The place is pleasantly crowded and buzzing with good energy, good conversation, and good music. The big fireplace bathes the room in its warm glow and casts a subtle veil of smoke.

I've recently spent a wonderful night in a place like this; a well-hidden speakeasy that served killer cocktails in a stylish, old school setting. The beauty of it was that it was cool and exclusive while still being relaxed and not overly pretentious. This fragrance takes me right back to that bar and I like it.

I like it so much that I bought a full 100 ml bottle, and that in a time where I've decided to only buy small decants of new fragrances from now because my collection is growing so rapidly.

The opening is quite strong, and the fragrance lasts a good six hours on me. After the first hour or so, it becomes softer and more mellow, making me feel like taking my heels off and curling up in that big leather chair. I feel right at home here.



14th February, 2017 (last edited: 15th February, 2017)
I really enjoy this. Has a sophisticated blend and tends to be unique (to me) compared to many of the other leather fragrances that I've used or smelled. This is my fourth cologne purchase from Shay and Blue, and I've been really happy with their products. I'm not talented at describing all the notes, but I'd say give this one a try if you like a leather cologne that has an elegant smell to it.
04th March, 2015 (last edited: 08th March, 2015)
As soon as Blacks Club Leather bursts from the sprayer the leather note lashes the nostrils with incredible radiance, and is then engulfed by a tidal wave of fruit purée.

This opening is a phenomenon! If you want to play spot the note this is one for you.
Some of the things you might find surging around in the maelstrom are :
plastic leather, linalool, orange cake, grapefruit and bergamot, green, muguet, yeasty pub cellar, pear drops, banana skin, licorice, Jasmin and iso butyl quinoline derived bitterness.
This is not so much an accord as a headlong rush of fruity esters over leatherette.

Over the first hour, the tide of fruit recedes to reveal what becomes a fine leather.
Buttressed by spicy iso eugenol the leather accord takes on a pleasantly hard feel, becoming an accurate portrayal of old leather armchairs.

The sweet fruity head rush and the bitter leather heart make up the dynamic tension at the centre of this figurative portrait of a Gentleman's Club in London.

The leather is a fine and well executed, hard spare accord, more weighted to the top by iso butyl quinoline (think Bandit) than to the funky-fatty depth of castoreum (the horse in Habit Rouge.)
The leather theme has a refined antique quality suggestive of traditional luxury, and also shares in the austerity of military discipline.

As soon as the spartan leather has established itself, a floral accord of light Jasmin and iris delicately softens the tone, with alpha ionone gently rising up the profile.

The insistent fruity boozy head chord rounds out the leather with an impression of muscatel or even alcopops, but it isn't accurate enough to represent the cognac that the marketing literature claims it to be.
It has evidently been made incredibly strong to give it the necessary staying power to reach into the drydown. A large dose of Exaltolide may be involved here, which would explain the huge fruity rush at the beginning.

In the second stage, after the fruity sweetness has subsided, the profile resolves itself into multiple facets. This is where things get interesting.
Smoke, white wood, muscatel, spilt drinks, polished mahogany, spicy undertones, floral and aromatic nuances - as if they were from various aftershaves and gentlemen's colognes, all weave themselves around the leather core.

An enjoyable effort, but there are technical and artistic problems that can't be overlooked.
The main one being the massive 'cognac' accord, which smells like nothing of the sort.

Longevity is average with an unremarkable drydown, but the sillage largely burns itself out in the explosion of radiance at the start.

It's an interesting idea - portraying a Soho club, and Shay and Blue have given the traditional subject matter of leather a new style with their attractive contemporary treatment.

Good in places but ultimately flawed, so it's a borderline positive rating.

14th February, 2015
This is like a politically correct version of an '80's powerhouse fragrance with the same initial impact that Jacomo de Jacomo has. And after the initial force of the leather and spirit with the nose still tingling at such unbridled hostility, the fragrance develops into the demure and gentlemanly tone as beeswax and burnt wood notes recall the louche mood of the well worn club armchair which might be exactly what was planned. Like Jacomo de Jacomo, it develops into a sensible shoes fragrance. All the animalic insinuations have abated as politically correct 'leather' reassures a younger set ignorant of deep echoes of those powerhouse '80's days that all is well. It takes a while for the nose to recover fully and when it did, I found myself wanting more of that initial impact but I chose, instead, between Givenchy Gentleman (the orginal) and Caron's Yatagan. Recalling both was enough somehow. For all of this, I do like the initial bravado of this fragrance even though it serves merely to remind me of what once was and how far we've traveled with Dudley Do-right.
22nd January, 2015

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