The ‘inauguration’ of Tom Ford Beauty was in 2005 but it wasn’t until 2007 that Tom Ford truly flexed his substantial wings with the launch of the Tom Ford Private Blend Collection; a selection of initially 12 (now 13 with the arrival of Azure Lime) exclusive Eau de Parfums.

This in itself, is old news to many, but with Christmas nearing we are once more on the hunt for the Ultimate Grooming Gift and it seems that Tom Ford has ears in the Ape to Gentleman HQ. Right on cue Tom Ford Private Blend have produced the magnificent Tuscan Leather ‘Trousseau’ (to call it a gift set somehow seemed inappropriate); a limited edition line-up of products highlighting the Tom Ford Tuscan Leather scent.

The opulent collection contains a 250ml Tuscan Leather decanter, 100ml Tuscan Leather spray, Tuscan Leather scented candle, Private Blend atomizer and funnel on a collectible Private Blend Makassar style tray.

“Private Blend is my own scent laboratory: it’s where I have the ability to create very special, original fragrances that are unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making. Private Blend is designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind.” Tom Ford

The Tuscan Leather Parfum has been in circulation since 2007, but those that are unfamiliar with the scent, acquaint yourself, and for those that are somewhat familiar – you’d be well advised to refresh your memory. The Tom Ford Tuscan Leather scent evokes a raw, yet reserved take on a classic leather scent.

 

Tuscan Leather opens with notes of saffron and thyme, providing a warm rendition of leather that intermingles with hints of raspberry. A provocative chypre blend of olibanum and jasmine forms a centre of rich, smoked spices and herbs. The authenticity of the leather deepens as it picks up the woody base of amberwood for a rich, sensual finish.

A ‘Trousseau’ is by definition a dowry, a gift bestowed on your beloved on exchanging marital vows; this certainly is a gift worthy of such occasion.

The Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather Collection will be exclusively available from Selfridges stores from mid October 2010 and all Private Blend counters from 1st February 2011.

RRP: £700.00

www.tomford.com