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Scent & Aftershave

Fantastic Man cologne: we get a sniff

By Colin Chapman on May 8th, 2009

Fantastic_Man_Cologne.jpgI reported on Fantastic Man‘s collaboration with Swedish perfumer Byredo back in March, and thanks to Isabelle, I’ve now got my hands on it. The packaging is predictably gorgeous: minimalist white with black details and a very old-school paper seal that establishes the feeling you are receiving something really special. It’s the fragrance equivalent of opening a product by Apple.

Having had 24 hours to spray, dab and generally test the olfactory sensitivities of friends and family, I can report that: I love it! Initially a little floral, over time its the Patchouli note that comes out strongest, softened by powdery Bergamot and peppery Cardamom. Rather than reminding you of an afternoon at Camden Market, the Patchouli effect is one of well-travelled luxury, in a bohemian, Ibiza in the ’70s way (think louche movie Savage Grace). A perfect fragrance then for summer.

Keep your eyes peeled for availability in stores, or buy online here.



Heroes and Celebrities, News

Brandish speaks to Fantastic Man’s Gert Jonkers

By admin on March 25th, 2009

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Current issue, pictured above, out now.

We were lucky enough to speak to Gert Jonkers recently, who, along with Jop van Bennekom head up the team at Fantastic Man. It’s no secret that we’re big FM fans at Brandish, and one look at the magazine’s clever art direction, witty articles and embedded fashion editorials will show you why. Nowhere else can you read about Beryl Woodsware crockery and Tom Ford in the same magazine so it was a real privilege to speak to Jonkers, stay tuned for part two of this interview tomorrow.

Butt, your first magazine, took a very European view of sex, happily mixing explicit and intellectual content. You’ve kind of done the same thing with Fantastic Man, is that just yours and van Bennekom’s general approach to life?

Yes I guess so. We love reality, and the reality of life is that it’s sometimes quite mundane, sometimes quite thoughtful, sometimes quite exciting, sometimes quite complex, and sometimes quite plain. Why would a magazine have a completely different take on life?

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Scent & Aftershave

Fantastic Man X Byredo, the new scent for summer?

By Colin Chapman on March 19th, 2009

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As if creating an amazing magazine wasn’t enough, the talented team behind Dutch-based Fantastic Man have teamed up with Swedish scent makers Byredo to release their own self-named cologne. The scent was launched exclusively at Colette in Paris on March 9th. It’s debatable whether the cologne could ever smell as delicious as the magazine itself (or is that just me?) which is printed on the most sublime high-grade paper although given the impeccable taste of the magazine expectations are high.

The all star roll call of ingredients (or should that be ‘notes’ in parfumier speak?) certainly sounds promising: Bergamot, Star Anise, Cardamom, Geranium, Incense, Lavender, Vetyver, Moss and Patchouli. I’m taking bets that Dover Street Market will be the London stockists being the nearest thing we have to Colette. Keep your eyes peeled and nostrils, um, flared?

Stopping over in Paris on the way back from my hols, I paid a visit to Colette and excitingly had a quick sniff; it’s a great clean citrus smell perfectly balanced with musk. Can’t wait to have a proper smell when it reaches our British shores! -Ed.




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