High Line - new fragrance from Bond No. 9

17th February, 2010

Bond No.9 are launching a new fragrance this March. The fragrance is named High Line after the 1.45-mile (2.33 km) New York City park built on a section of the former elevated freight railroad of the West Side Line, along the lower west side of Manhattan (see Wikipedia). The fragrance has been created by Laurent Le Guernec, who was the perfumer behind some of Bond's other creations, including Astor Place, Brooklyn and So New York.

Bond No.9 say:

Since when do new neighborhoods arise in New York? Hardly ever. After all, this city is already jam-packed with just about every kind of community imaginable. So when a new part of town appears, you can be sure we’re in for something completely different. Like our latest and most dynamic neighborhood, the High Line—which serves as the subject of Bond No. 9’s Spring 2010 eau de parfum. An improbable aerial walkway lined with concrete planks and railroad tracks, landscaped with meadows, wetlands, and wildflowers, the High Line hovers 30 feet above street level as it meanders along its route from the Meatpacking District to the former 34th Street rail yards--- sometimes bridging its way through buildings along the way.

The scent's ingredients feature notes from some of the plants that live on the High Line. High Line contains top notes of purple love grass, bergamot, Indian rhubarb. The heart is red-leaf rose, Lady Jane tulips, and grape hyacinth. Base notes consist of bur oak and imported sea moss

Available at Bond No. 9 stores and stockists from March 2010, $220 for 100ml; $145 for 50ml.

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    • Andrewthecologneguy | 17th February 2010 10:41

      I am hoping this will be an original composition. So far, all the Bonds I have smapled have been thoughtful replications of scents of yore. Clever names, fancy bottles plus celebrity affiliations equal high prices. The jus? Not crazy about at all. :undecided:

      Wait a minute...what fragrance out there isn't a thoughtful replication of some other? I mean we frag-fiends are always looking for the next high, a scnet we have never 'smelt' before to take us to that new high...

    • Kismet | 17th February 2010 22:09

      Actually, I have found a few of the Bond's to be original.



      Lexington Avenue

      Success is a Job in NY

      Silver Factory is a nice incense (perhaps not original but good)

      New Haarlem is a nice coffee

      and Eau de Noho is my new favorite Linden. This is the first linden fragrance that lasts (and I've searched all over).

      I realize Bond is expensive but I think the collection has some real winners.

    • Sorcery of Scent | 17th February 2010 22:26

      Right on cue.

      Another bottle of uninspired tepid lolly-water to feed the Bond No9 cashcow. No doubt the first of several due for release this year.

      Oh *yawn* already.

    • Quarry | 17th February 2010 22:44

      I've worked with experts in the fields of railroading and landscaping, and everything I've read about this new fragrance runs contrary to the reality that surrounds the High Line. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know—“Artistic interpretation.”

      I regret not writing a fragrance brief about the best parts of riding a good passenger train.

    • 30 Roses | 18th February 2010 02:14

      Well, I'm always game to have a spritz or two of the tester bottle.

      So far none of the Bond No. 9 fragrances have worked for me, but maybe this will be the one....

    • mtgprox05 | 18th February 2010 23:41

      Six comments and nobody's mentioned "purple love grass". Please tell me this a real thing, otherwise Bond no. 9 and their press-writers have fallen to new depths.

      Edit: Darn, it's real. Still, there must be a reason I've never heard of it before.

    • Quarry | 18th February 2010 23:55

      Purple love grass is a prairie native, but most people would view it as a weed. I stenciled it on my ceiling. It's the shorter of the two grasses represented here. The taller is sideoats grama. Neither has a noticeable smell. There are scents in the prairie that no perfumer has tapped yet. People regularly look for the “exotic,” but fail to understand the hundreds of natives driven near extinction in their own towns.

      Now, will someone take my hand and help me down from my soapbox?

    • Primrose | 7th March 2010 17:04

      I sampled this as Bond No. 9's first "railway" fragrance, as it is being touted.

      I agree with Dimitri here. A (no pun intended) garden-variety burst of flowers with nothing really unique to recommend it. The bottle is very pretty, though, and I am sure it will sell well.

    • Scentdawg | 14th March 2010 19:32

      My wife tested HL yesterday and really liked it. She thinks that It smells like something she had tried at Epcot a few years back. Does anyone know what it could be?