Category: 1959

Bernard Chant and the Cabochard Family Tree

Images lifted from Thomas Allen. The start: Grès Cabochard, 1959. Expectation works against Grès Cabochard, poor dear. Many compare it in its current form to a vintage model.  I’ve never smelled vintage Cabochard, so that expectation isn’t an issue. Cabochard is the reference leather chypre of the mid-20th century.  It was popular, critically acclaimed and directly influenced the decades of…

Givenchy Monsieur de Givenchy, 1959

  (image, Henri Cartier Bresson) The Monsieur is one of a crew of wonderful masculine citrus chypres from the mid-20th century including Rochas Moustache, Chanel pour Monsieur and YSL pour Homme.  This genre smells like the middle ground between the feminine green chypre of the 1960s-1970s (Estée Lauder Private Collection, Scherrer de Scherrer, Weil de Weil) and Eau de Cologne.  I know the more current…