Interesting thread, Shamu. I would like to offer my thoughts. My history with Gianfranco Ferre evokes a memory and a metaphor of this scent's notes to me - I spent my honeymoon in Italy in 1999 (we travelled for a month throughout) and I bought a beautiful, hand-tailored off-white/ivory "evening" jacket at the Gianfranco Ferre boutique in Rome. Still have it today, it fits absolutely perfect and it radiates masculinity with confidence - yet could come across as dated or "wear you" if you don't have the right attitude. It's how I wear it and I never fail to receive compliments. That is the essence of this fragrance to me. Same name on the label of my jacket as this bottle. To some, this is a "leather" fragrance, because the don't look beyond that one note...but, to me, it is a very true chypre with leather notes accenting the top notes of citrus (lemon/bergamot), florals (lavender and carnation mostly), middle notes that include juniper with the exquisite warmth of leather, sandalwood and moss blending into the basenotes and drydown. Wonderful and classic. Extremely chic, as one reviewer wrote somewhere. This is truly "For Man", not boys. Not just a LEATHER fragrance, but a classic Man's fragrance that blends leather extremely well. When I put that jacket on and doused myself with GFF for Man after we got back from our honeymoon at a great party, I got two compliments from everyone there - I looked and smelled amazing! I had an aura about me, my wife still remembers it vividly - memory lane...wow. Any way, the longevity for me is still fair (but somewhat lacking) with the new black bottle - I remember that I used to spray 3-4 shots and it would last a day with great strength from the brown glass bottle. Now I spray 5+ times and respray in a few hours with the black metal bottle. It has lost its longevity, but the sillage is still there while it is fresh (first couple of hours) and I believe a masterpiece of the 80's era that is far overlooked. Gianfranco Ferre has stood the test of time as a house of impeccable taste - more respected and known in Europe than in the US. I see that as a positive, as taste is simply more refined in Italy, France, etc. I had the old brown bottle in the 90's and now the "rebottling" in black metal. I want to go seek out an older brown bottle again, just for kicks. Doubt I will get it for $1.99, but I will be happy at $35-40 or so, as long as the juice is still good. Great thread...thought I would share.