Can't imagine something like GIT going away.
Thread: the future classics
We all know that smell is one of the strongest senses that elicits the most vivid memories. I often hear people say that smelling a classic fragrance "reminds them of simpler times" or something along those lines. What in your opinion are the fragrances that have been introduced within the last few years that will still be in production say 40 years from now; today's Eau Suavages and Habit Rouges?
I'm sure any creed will be continued, I also have a feeling l'homme by YSL
Can't imagine something like GIT going away.
...one certain 'future' classic...
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------ Serge Lutens: Ambre Sultan
-------- Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Sycamore
------ Amouage: Fate Man
-------- Amouage: Epic Man
------ Tom Ford Private Blend: Noir de Noir
-------- Terre D'Hermès Pure Parfum
------ EDP FM: Carnal Flower
-------- Neela Vermire Creations: Trayee
------ Dior: Leather Oud
------- Hermèssence: Ambre Narguilé
A bunch of Comme Des Garcons...much more influential than we usually think...
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Yes, Aventus will be the talk of our grandchildren.
Le Male and Acqua di Gio (I'm serious btw).
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
I can't imagine that Le Mâle (1995) ever gets discontinued. All these cool guys from today will be wearing it even when they stumble to the soup kitchen with their wheeled walker in order to get a cooked meal.
Mugler Cologne, plus another vote for Aventus
from 2000 and up
Dior Homme Intense - without a doubt it's the best in its genre
Chanel Allure Homme Sport - classic, nice smelling lighter scent
L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Eau Extreme - if they decide to never let this one go, it's a sure thing to become a classic in the formal, stoic genre for males
a big IF, but if the Pures from Mugler are ever present some of them might become classics for sure
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Terre D'Hermes for sure.
Absolutely without a doubt:
Other designers from the 1990's and newer that were different and will probably be considered classics:
D&G PH (vintage)
L'Instant de Guerlain PH (and Extreme)
Dior Homme (and Intense)
Egoiste (and Platinum)
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Cousins Tiffany For Men, and Chanel PMC
It will positively not be Creeds or Sycomore, or other niche/exclusive, no matter how popular they are on basenotes. It will be the mainstream hits, that every one will recognize, such as:
- di Gio
- YSL L'Homme
- Le Male
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Fahrenheit: I already think of this one as a classic. It's 24 years old. Ouch! Right? I know! Time flies.
Acqua di Gio: Wow, it's 16 years old! Ten years from now, it'll probably still be a monster seller.
Le Male: 17 years old! Ten years from now, it'll probably still be one that others are judged against in terms of uniqueness.
Bvlgari Black: Wow, even this is 14 years old.
Gucci Guilty: HA! I'm kidding.
Le Male and Acqua di Gio, Terre d'Hermes, LIDGE, Fahrenheit. Aventus? Maybe, but it will smell different from any batch produced in the last couple of tears...I mean years and will cost over $1000.
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1. Amouage Epic man
2. Dior Leather Oud
3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
5. Amouage Opus VII
6. Byredo Bullion
7. Norma Kamali Incense
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Who knows but most of the above comments seem correct
Yes Fahrenheit sure, but is already a classic.
I'd say Chanel Bleu. Not my cup of tea but I'm sure is a favorite of this generation and will become a classic of this time.
Fahrenheit is already a classic
I don't think AdG will be a future classic: Even though it's a huge seller & smells really nice, I don't think it's unique or distinctive enough have the impact required to make it a future classic.
edit: There will be some fragrances considered classics in the frag community that won't be well known amongst the general public, but I think they can still be defined as classics.
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I'd bet you can look at any sales numbers and pick out the top 10 newer best sellers and they'd qualify.
For me, "classics" are simply the mainstream frags I used back in high school/college. They evoke memories, but are firmly in the realm of department store purchases, not specialized, high end, or necessarily high quality in themselves. Things like Obsession, Fahrenheit, Drakkar (dating myself!).
Aventus and Terre are popular in the right circles, but are they widespread enough to be classics in 40 years? I don't think so.
Bleu de Chanel seems a likely candidate.
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A good, thought-provoking thread. I get the gist of prior posters that niche offerings won't be widely considered "classics" because of their price and more limited distribution/availability. How one defines a classic fragrance may well depend upon how affordable and available it is. If we could all agree upon a universal definition of 'classic" this question would be easier to answer. I think many of us Basenoters have a broader experience with fragrances than the general public, for various reasons, and would likely be more apt to include fragrances beyond the so-called designer offerings. Are we like the wine connoisseurs in contrast with the general wine consuming group?
I can't believe nobody mentioned 1 million. You know something that smells "80s" ? Well 30 years from now 1 million will be "that smell of the 2010s". Everywhere wreaks of it, it projects like crazy, women love it, everyone has it, everyone knows it, it looks catchy, it is mass-marketed, people either hate it or love it...... I can go on. But the same (for a lack of a better term) "kids" wearing it today will one day grow up and it WILL be a "classic" in their opinion. Mark my words. I don't personally like it but many years from now it will be talked about in powerhouse forums just as today we talk about Lapidus, Kouros, Old Spice, Brut, VC&A and others.
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People will be arguing about these in 10 years time in the same way as people do about Kouros now.
I think very few of the actual designer releases really have the potential to become classics. So I would add some niche stuff as well - although the status of classic also requires a certain popularity...
Ok, future designer classics:
- Dior Homme
- Terre d'Hermes
- L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme extrême
- Maybe l'instant de Guerlain (for women)
- Maybe Kelly Calèche
- Maybe Eau Sauvage Parfum
I don't name cool water, le male, déclaration nor Egoiste because they ARE already classics...
- Perles de Lalique
- CdG 2
- Sel de Vetiver
- l'Air du désert marocain
New York already is a classic I would say.
Great selections in this thread, and I tend to agree with almost all of them. In particular, Le Male, ADG, L'Homme, Curve and 1 Million will be classics amongst large segments of the populace.