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    Default The BEST of...(designer houses)

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    (alternatively titled, "If you can ony choose one from each, it would be...)

    In order to limit (as if) my collection I try to only buy 1 frag from each house (well, my wardrobe says otherwise, but the doubles there were bought prior to my "1-per-house" rule)
    Was looking thru my wardrobe and seems I haven't got any from the houses below.
    Any suggestions? Sort of building a wishlist for 2010.
    << by the way, no need to mention "it's-up-to-yous" and "test/sample all you can", etc. I'm posting this to check for suggestions >> . Side note, TPC doesn't ship here, so decanting suggestions are useless And no "niches-are-the-best" snobs please, there are few niche house choices here...And I prefer purchasing retail rather than online

    Back to the houses I'm interested in:

    Armani
    Burberry
    Calvin Klein
    Cartier
    Dior
    Davidoff
    Escada
    Kenzo
    Hugo Boss
    Tommy Hilfiger

    These brands are more available here, and the replies (what frags and why, in your opinion) will provide me sniff suggestions Thanks guys much!
    *btw, i want MattFoo to chime in on this, we have very similar weather and that's one of my considerations in wearing frags :P

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    Dior --- Eau Sauvage
    Armani---Armani Eau

    I don't care all that much for the other houses.

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    Non-niche best of:

    Armani = White Him
    Burberry = London Men
    Calvin Klein = Contradiction Men
    Cartier = Declaration
    Dior = Fahrenheit Absolute
    Davidoff = N/A
    Escada = Homme
    Kenzo = Power
    Hugo Boss = Baldessarini
    Tommy Hilfiger = N/A
    Last edited by Sorcery of Scent; 1st February 2010 at 10:41 AM.

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    • Armani - Eau Pour Homme
    • Burberry - Brit
    • Calvin Klein - N/A
    • Cartier - Pasha
    • Dior - Eau Sauvage
    • Davidoff - Zino
    • Escada - Homme
    • Kenzo N/A
    • Hugo Boss - Number One
    • Tommy Hilfiger - Tommy Girl
    Last edited by Bartlebooth; 1st February 2010 at 10:38 AM. Reason: typo

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    Armani - (Black) Code
    Burberry - Brit men
    Calvin Klein - Ck Be
    Dior - Homme
    Davidoff - Cool Water
    Kenzo - Amour and Junge L'Elephant, both for women (L'Elephant is imo unisex but cloying in your weather)
    Hugo Boss - Bottled (sometimes this one is called no. 6)
    Last edited by Desmond Hume; 1st February 2010 at 01:50 PM.

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Cartier - Santos and Santos Concentrée

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    I fully second APH

    also, best male frags from Chanel, IMHO- Pour Monsieur and Antaeus
    Versace- Versace L'Homme

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Armani = Eau pour Homme
    Burberry = London for Men
    Calvin Klein = Calvin
    Cartier = Santos Concentree
    Dior = Jules
    Davidoff = Davidoff (1984)
    Escada = Homme
    Kenzo = Kenzo pour Homme
    Hugo Boss = No. 1
    Tommy Hilfiger = Hilfiger Athletics
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    Burberry - London for Men
    Kenzo - Power
    Hugo Boss - Boss Bottled (1998)
    Tommy Hilfiger -Hilfiger Athletics (discontinued)
    Last edited by Ronin; 1st February 2010 at 12:08 PM.

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    My selection does not necessarily represent the best from each house but IMO worth > a sniff

    Armani --- Eau Pour Homme
    Burberry --- London for Men
    Calvin Klein --- Obsession for women
    Cartier --- Declaration
    Dior --- Homme
    Davidoff --- Silver Shadow Altitude
    Escada --- Homme
    Kenzo --- Jungle L'Elephant
    Hugo Boss --- XY
    Tommy Hilfiger --- Tommy Girl

    *waiting for Matt to chime in too*
    Currently wearing: 31 rue Cambon by Chanel

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    Armani - Code or Black Code - classy stuff which always draws compliments;
    Dior - Eau Sauvage - a classic which, in my opinion, is as good as just about any high-end niche;
    Davidoff - Cool Water, Zino or Echo - Cool Water cos it's basically GIT but cheaper (MUCH cheaper), Zino because it's so unique, Echo because it is, IMO, a unique ozonic/aquatic;
    Hugo Boss - Boss Bottled or Energise - both of these are great mpdern frags without being aquatic.

    I see a few people have recommended Boss Number 1 - just a quick warning from an HB aficionado, I find Number 1 to be a horrible and stereotypical 80s powerhouse, so it largely depends on how old you are, what kind of guy you are and what kind of frag genre you like. If you generally don't like 80s powerhouses, then Number 1 is not for you.

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    *Humbly chiming-in*

    I can hear someone saying :"Anti-snobbery is snobbery" :winks: :grins:


    Burberry = Original Burberry(Red box) for men
    Calvin Klein = Obsession/Obsession for men/Calvin
    Cartier = Must de Cartier (ladies)
    Dior = too many favorites, but at the moment Diorissimo.
    Davidoff = Cool Water
    Escada = Homme (I cannot believe how this is on a much different level compared to the other Escada scents I've tried. Another I tried was Magnetism for ladies, which I find to be not bad. A little too thin for my liking, but it bears certain similar smelling qualities to Red Aoud - which I love. For the record, I didn't mean to compare them in the context of designer vs niche.)
    Kenzo = Time for peace pour lui (try this before it disappears! Totally fitting for our weather)
    Hugo Boss = Boss Selection

    I hope this helps, it was very nice to feel appreciated. Thanks Funhuntr and DF!

    Edit: Funhuntr, I am aware you may have access to some older frags, possibly vintage versions of some. I recommend (but I am no vintage-snob ) the vintage version of Diorissimo (while you're with dior, do also consider sampling the vintage Poison esprit de parfum), preferably in my case the parfum - it is not over-powering. Also the vintage version of must de cartier EDT. They are also possibly more affordable than current stock. Believe me when I say that I only suggest the vintage formulations or specific concentrations because I have found them to be of a more substantial quality (compared to the current), while maintaining a very good level of wearability in our weather.
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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Armani - Code
    Burberry - Brit
    Calvin Klein - ck be
    Cartier - L'Essence de Must de Cartier
    Dior - Eau Sauvage
    Davidoff - Silver Shadow Altitude and Cool Water
    Escada - n/a
    Kenzo - Power
    Hugo Boss - No.6
    Tommy Hilfiger - Tommy (1994)

    U forgot YSL !
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    Cartier - Santos and Santos Concentrée
    +1

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    Hmm, I don't have too much of an experience on designers, but :

    Armani : Emporio Diamonds
    Burberry : London
    Calvin Klein : Calvin (Original)
    Cartier : Declaration
    Dior : Homme Cologne
    Davidoff : Zino
    Escada : Pour Homme
    Kenzo : Power
    Hugo Boss : Selections


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    Armani Acqua di Gio pour Homme
    Burberry London for Men
    Calvin Klein Obsession for Men
    Cartier Eau de Cartier
    Dior Dior Homme
    Davidoff Zino Davidoff
    Escada Escada pour Homme
    Kenzo Kenzo pour Homme
    Hugo Boss Boss Number One
    Tommy Hilfiger Tommy
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    Armani - Eau Pour Homme
    Burberry - London
    Calvin Klein - Obsession
    Cartier - Pasha
    Dior - Fahrenheit
    Davidoff - Zino
    Escada - N/A
    Kenzo - Pour Homme
    Hugo Boss - N/A
    Tommy Hilfiger - N/A

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    Armani Code for me.....
    Burberry Brit.....
    Cartier Roadster.....
    Calvin.....Eternity
    Dior.....Fahrenheit 32
    Kenzo.....Pour Homme
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    Quote Originally Posted by funhuntr View Post
    Armani - Eau pour homme
    Burberry - london
    Calvin Klein - MAN
    Cartier - must de cartier essence
    Dior - eau sauvage
    Davidoff - cool water
    Escada - casual friday
    Kenzo - l'eau par kenzo ph
    Hugo Boss - used to like hugo, now nothing
    Tommy Hilfiger - athletics
    I tend to like citrus and aromatic herbs more than anything else in fragrances.

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Armani - Eau pour Homme.
    Burberry - London.
    Calvin Klein - Obsession.
    Cartier - Eau de Cartier.
    Dior - Eau Sauvage.
    Davidoff - Zino.
    Escada - Homme.
    Kenzo - Power.
    Hugo Boss - Baldessarini.
    Tommy Hilfiger - None.

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Burberry - London for Men
    Cartier - L'Essence de Déclaration and Santos
    Dior - Eau Sauvage & Homme
    Davidoff - Cool Water
    Hugo Boss - Hugo (widely panned around here, but a favorite in my youth)

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Wow, I'm slightly suprised by all the love for Zino!
    I personally like Bri, Code, One (summer versions), Obviously COOL WATER, a whole bunch by Dior, with Homme just a bit ahead.
    Boss Bottled is very nice, too, as is Baldessarini Ambre, albeit I'm not sure it still belonged to boss at that time..

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    Armani - Emporio Armani Night
    Burberry - London
    Dior - Homme , Fahrenheit Absolute
    Calvin Klein - Obsession
    Cartier - Declaration Essence
    Davidoff - Zino ( no contest )
    Escada - Magnetism
    Kenzo - L'Eau Par Kenzo Ice
    Hugo Boss- Bottled
    Tommy Hilfiger - T

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    Armani:Black Code.
    Burberry:Brit for Men.
    Calvin Klein:Obsession for Men.
    Cartier:Santos Eau de Sport (HEAVYWEIGHT green here...)
    Dior:Homme Sport.
    Davidoff:No Relax mentioned yet?
    Escada:My best blind buy ever:Casual Friday.
    Kenzo:Time for Peace for Him.
    Hugo Boss:Boss Sport.
    Tommy Hilfiger:-
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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Burberry: They're mostly all good (I own 4), but Burberry for men (the original London) slightly outclasses the others. My first Burberry purchase was Brit though. Really good stuff as well.

    Gucci: Gucci Pour Homme 2, with a VERY honorable mention of Envy

    Cartier: L'Essence de Déclaration. The best out of the Declaration bunch. Better, imo, than Terre D'Hermes.

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Armani - Attitude
    Burberry - London
    Calvin Klein - Intense Euphoria
    Dior - Fahrenheit
    Davidoff - Zino
    Hugo Boss - Baldessarini

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    I'd go with...

    Armani - Code
    Burberry - London
    Calvin Klein - Euphoria
    Cartier - Not sure
    Dior - Dior Homme
    Davidoff - Cool Water
    Escada - Magnetism
    Kenzo - Power
    Hugo Boss - Boss in motion
    Tommy Hilfiger - Not sure

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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    Calvin Klein- Obsession for Men/ One
    Cartier- Declaration
    Dior- Dior Homme/ Eau Sauvage
    Davidoff- Cool Water (even though I hate it)

    I dont know the other houses well enough/ dont like them.
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    Default Re: The BEST of...(designer houses)

    My selections:

    Armani - nothing
    Burberry - London
    Calvin Klein - Euphoria Intense
    Cartier - Declaration
    Dior - Fahrenheit Absolute
    Davidoff - Zino
    Escada - Homme
    Kenzo - Power
    Hugo Boss - Baldessarini
    Tommy Hilfiger - nothing
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    Hi Jonny! I didn't forget YSL, I left it out on purpose. It's already represented in my 'drobe by Rive Gauche

    Quote Originally Posted by JoNnY 4 View Post
    Armani - Code
    Burberry - Brit
    Calvin Klein - ck be
    Cartier - L'Essence de Must de Cartier
    Dior - Eau Sauvage
    Davidoff - Silver Shadow Altitude and Cool Water
    Escada - n/a
    Kenzo - Power
    Hugo Boss - No.6
    Tommy Hilfiger - Tommy (1994)

    U forgot YSL !

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