SM Novella: Colonia Russa - 1901
SM Novella: Peau d'Espagne - 1902
Trumper: Spanish Leather - 1902
Caron: Tabac Blond 1919
Chanel: Cuir de Russie 1924
Knize: Knize Ten 1925
One half of these perfumes are looking back on a fragrance history of eighty to ninety years. The other three are older than a hundred years. All of them are still being manufactured, and enjoy a high degree of popularity. The number of fragrances with a similar age is rather low, particularly when you count the masculine ones. I cannot believe that such leathers 'have always been heroic commercial failures'
. I rather believe that the inherited classification of Tabac Blond
and Cuir de Russie
as feminine perfumes is hopelessly wrong in our century.
The once popular CdR should be restored as an EDP and relaunched for male customers. It could easily be sold at the price of the best Malle or Villoresi, I am sure. Even nowadays good leathers have their clients at least in Europe. Aigner make most of their fragrance money with modern leather scents, and Lang's Cuiron has been exceptionally popular before production was stopped.