Perfume Directory

Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club (1987)
by Balenciaga

Advertisement

Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club information

Year of Launch1987
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 95 votes)

People and companies

HouseBalenciaga
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchBogart Group

About Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club

Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club is a masculine fragrance by Balenciaga. The scent was launched in 1987

Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club fragrance notes

Reviews of Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club

Less honey & civet(urine) than Boss (no number one),
not as dark as Dali Pour Homme,
sits perfectly in the middle with good blending, quality ingredients, and additional notes.

My splash bottle decanted into an atomizer was lacking in longevity, but with only 2.5 sprays maybe I just needed another full squirt.

4.5/5.0. Worth every penny at today's prices.
31st January, 2020
This, is one of those great, late 80's scents. Masculine to the nth degree. Well made, well-blended. Smooth citrus. Calming herbs. Manly flowers - not cloying or wispy. Earth-like, olibanum & styrax give a low, resinous layer. Leather is cool and refined.

Earthiness increases over time. A smoke-like accord develops. Leather note increases. This, is a marvelous creation. 4 stars.
23rd March, 2019
Cristobal Balenciaga was once called "The Master of Us All" by Christian Dior, who alongside the late Hubert de Givenchy, had great esteem for the pioneering designer. His daring designs redefined a woman's silhouette in the mid 20th century, for better or worse, but his perfume gets very little attention, especially with the way the house kept stopping and starting over the years, with the masculines even less recognized. Cristobal himself closed Balenciaga's doors in 1968 due to clashes with Chambre syndicale de la haute couture parisienne, but a year before his death, the house was re-booted by the company Marbert as a ready-to-wear label only, heralded by the first masculine scent Ho Hang (1971), before the clothing side went dormant again. 1986 would see another house reboot with the Bogart Group being the new stewards, and with their expertise in male perfumery, Balenciaga would release several very distinct but sadly unnoticed masculines alongside their feminine lines, starting with a new Ho Hang in 1987. This "Ho Hang Club" would feel less like a flanker and more like a rebirth, as all indicators point to it smelling nothing at all like the original from which it borrows both name and form factor. First of all, the amount of notes in this is ridiculous to the point of it being impossible for me to separate them, so I won't try. It's a dark, semi-sweet honeyed floral chypre that was a real rarity even in 1987. It has the strength of a powerhouse, but a darker style like Salvador Dali Pour Homme (1987) or Jacomo de Jacomo (1980), just minus the smoke.

Ho Hang Club is definitely late 70's/early 80's super-macho "kitchen sink" construction, but in 1987 when this virile style was starting to get edged out by brighter, spicier, and often fruit-topped powerhouses that had moss in the base for a sauve attitude rather than an aggressive one, with the similarly domineering Lapidus Pour Homme of the same year being an exception of late-showing chauvinism as well. Ho Hang Club definitely is not on the level of One Man Show (1980), Antaeus (1981), or Kouros (1981) like Lapidus was, but it does have a similar "piss-take" opening and a dry base, with a styrax/amber/musk trifecta being the most powerful elements in dry down. The top is bergamot, lemon, basil, and coriander; it's pretty standard-fare 80's but it gets honeyed by the styrax (which is a source of benzoin), in a similar way to Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men (1984), but without the patchouli growl. Instead, a bouquet of florals similar to Révillion's French Line (1984) or Azzaro Acteur (1989) come into play, but the rose presence in Ho Hang Club is way muted by comparison. Some call this a leather scent, but to me the leather is even less present than it is in the oft-compared Maxim’s Pour Homme (1988), which itself barely qualifies for that title. Ho Hang Club is just a true abstract in a class by itself. Sillage is not on a typical 80's powerhouse level, but this faithfully wafts off collars and skin all day long, so it's certainly a performer where it really matters most. I'd go so far as to say this is a great all-day scent but whether or not one wishes to smell something this heady all day is up for debate.

Fans of the "Noir/Gothic" style will likely love Ho Hang Club regardless of age, as it has that honey-sweet opening, muted flowers in the middle, and murky base full of unearthly darkness and understated sexual tension. It's in a vein similar to the aforementioned Salvador Dali Pour Homme, Jacomo de Jacomo (1980), and to an extent the ancient Eucris by Geo F Trumper (1912). Ho Hang Club trades in it's pipe and loafers for a pair of wing tips and a brandy cordial, making it rest between Dali and Révillion's underdog French Line. It's unmistakably masculine but it won't rip off it's shirt to prove it like it's classmate Lapidus, and like all surviving Balenciaga masculines, nobody will have any idea what you're wearing. Sadly Coty purged all male perfumes from Balenciaga when Kering handed them the perfume license after buying Balenciaga from Bogart (who were idiots for selling it), but Ho Hang Club seems the least-sought of all the old male lines because it is indeed so dark. It's a Guillermo del Toro movie in a bottle: Esoteric, gorgeous, but a little bit unsettling. Suggested use is formal romantic wear, evening use, or just personal time in spring or fall. This one isn't casual enough for work or day wear, but might be nice for a night at an opera, play, concert, or movie. Fans of Ho Hang's understated grace might find this less of a dream and more of a nightmare, but for the fans of melancholy and romance with a kick-in-the-crotch bite, this is a winner.
15th March, 2018 (last edited: 23rd March, 2018)
Stardate 20161110:

Musk, patch, carnation, spices.
A great power frag - the likes of vintage Antaeus.

Balenciaga made great masculines - Ho Hang, Ho Hang Club, Pour Homme, Portos.
All amazing and therefore all discontinued

Get HHC while it is still affordable.
11th November, 2016
This is an outstanding masculine perfume, an animalic patchouli, seemingly my favorite kind.
31st March, 2016
This stuff is extraordinary!! It doesn't say in the pyramid above anything about honey, however it shares a glorious Balenciaga honeyed piss note attractive. Certainly not as well blended as it's younger brother Pour Homme, however it maintains an 80's over the top perfumey, out of control masculine wildness reminiscent of the time. Personally,because of this, I think this edges out the younger,more refined bro. It also is a closer brother to Boss No.1 Vintage.
Under-rated in my opinion.
14th January, 2016 (last edited: 08th January, 2017)

Add your review of Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club

You need to be logged in to add a review

Shop for Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club products online

Some of the links we use are affiliate links, meaning if you click the links and make a purchase, we may receive a commission, which helps us keep the site running

Search on eBay


Member images of Le Club de Balenciaga / Ho Hang Club

You need to log in or register to upload images

Private Notes

You need to be logged in (or register here) to use Private Notes.

Advertisement

Advertisement