Editor’s picks: Rich, luxe leather

Editor’s picks: Rich, luxe leather

Skin on skin: Leather is one of fall’s sexiest, sultriest scents.

There’s nothing like the fall when it comes to having the wonderful worlds of fragrance and fashion colliding. And one of my favourite smells? Leather.

For many of us who’ve grown up in the northern hemisphere, autumn means the beginning of fashion season—sweaters, coats, boots, layers of wonderful cozy great clothes. And with that cool-climate moment, the scent of great leather. It’s enough to make a style lover swoon. Up the ante to butter-soft variations in calf and suede, and you’ve got a full-on shopping obsession in the making.

This fall, my leather love can be sated more fully thanks to leather-noted perfumes and scented candles, both of which are tailor-made for cool crisp days.

A few of my favourite leather-scented things for fall:

Perfume laced with notes of leather

Christine Nagel, perfumer-designer for Hermès, crafted this warm, sultry warm via the marriage of soft supple calfskin with a rich feminine rose and then added a sparkling veil of saffron. An animalic-floral ideal for fall’s sweater weather.
Galop d’Hermès perfume, $222 (50 ml), www.hermes.com

Butter-soft leather boots

A great pair of leather boots make a woman walk tall, and you can’t get much sassier than these super-tall calfskin numbers from Aquazzura. Serious sass here.
Aquazzura Whip-It 85 Boots,  $1,865, www.holtrenfrew.com

Leather-scented candles

Restoration Hardware‘s leathery candle mixes noteworthy aromatics of dark woods (mahogany, ebony) with suede, antiqued leather and tobacco.
Italian Leather Filled Candle, $49-69, www.restorationhardware.com


Crate & Barrel‘s earthy votive relies on resin, coriander, amber, freesia, cashmere wood and vanilla bean for its sultry scent.
Tabac & Leather, $30, www.crateandbarrel.com

Voluspa Classic Maison Candle features suede in quiet combination with cedar for smooth, yet light results.
Suede Blanc, $39, www.chapters.indigo.ca

Are you also a lover of leather? Check out our recent trend story tracing its fragrant comeback.

And then there’s Kate Moss and leather boots…‘nough said.

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.