I tend to agree.
There are scents that you sniff (both niche and designer) that are touted as having quality blends and ingredients.
Many of the TF Private Blends feel superior to many on the market. I think Ford gets a lot of stick on occasion, just because he is Tom Ford. But I don't think his choices are arbitrary and thoughtless at all.
Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood and Italian Cypress are top notch in my book, but Im sure the nature of many of his scents leave his competitors scratching their heads.