I recently was made aware of a collaboration between Saks Fifth Avenue and Bond No. 9. This is truly unique and a first of its kind. This is the first time ever that a specialty store has ever commissioned a perfumery to design scents, marking the start of a bold new direction in upscale retailing and a new genre in luxury fragrances.
Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue For Her:
Saks Fifth Avenue for Her signals the return of the classic gardenia eau de parfum, given a chic contemporary twist with the addition of sparkling jasmine and vetiver, along with smooth vanilla. This all-white bouquet captures the fashion-forward essence of 21st century Saks, while at the same time expressing the eclectic downtown spirit of NoHo-based Bond No. 9. $185.
Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue For Him:
is the addition Saks Fifth Avenue for Him is an elegant aqua scent, containing an initial dash of Sicilian bergamot for coolness, followed by cardamom, amber, and cedarwood for warmth. What gives this eau de parfum its metro-modernityof notes that are new to luxury perfumes: a marine accord … fiery chilis … seductive incense … soothing guaiac wood from South America. This blend of classic and contemporary reflect the eclectic downtown spirit and style of NoHo-based Bond No. 9. $185.
The flacon design displays the retailer’s vibrant new white-on-black logo--one of many examples of Saks turning to its venerable past in order to energize its future. As depicted on everything from shopping bags to the store’s Fifth Avenue awnings, the pattern consists of quadrants containing refined, deconstructed, and then reconstructed versions of the signature stacked-script Saks logo that held sway from 1973-1997. The letters now serve as design elements containing Saks’ “DNA” motif. (Visible, for instance, on the front of the Bond No. 9 flacon are parts of the “n” and “A” from “Avenue.”). The slender bottle is the Bond No. 9 superstar flacon, its circular centerpiece logo inscribed with both SAKS FIFTH AVENUE and BOND NO. 9.
In addition, for this season only, Saks Fifth Avenue For Her is also available arrayed with Swarovski crystals for $550.
These are available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks.com.