The concept behind Arquiste The Architects Club is an interesting one. It’s inspired by Art Deco architects and a renovation that took place in the late 1920’s. The perfume focuses on the contrast of Victorian exteriors and sleek, modern interiors. Many perfumes have an inspiration; however, in the end, many concepts fall flat. The Architects Club doesn’t. I feel it accomplishes exactly what it wanted to – a perfume that is modern but plays on textural contrasts.
The Architect’s Club opens like a chilled vanilla gin and tonic with a hint of lemon that reminds me slightly of Diptyque Eau Duelle except this one is dustier. It really is like a gin and tonic in a dusty, old library. It’s a contrast of warm/cool and old/new. There’s a backdrop of lacquered woods, candle wax and old paper. Most of the wear of The Architect’s Club is a woodsy yet sheer vanilla-amber with a whisper of smoke and worn leather.
The overall effect of The Architects Club is a contrast of warm/cool. It opens with effervescent cool notes and dries down to something cozy and warm. It’s also one of those few gourmand/vanillas that has enough depth to be worn in the cooler months but also has enough “light” to be worn in summer.
Notes listed include juniper berry, angelica root, lemon, bitter orange, pepperwood, guiac wood, oak wood, vanilla asbolute and amber. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Yann Vasnier
Give The Architect’s Club a try if you like vanilla perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Diptyque Eau Duelle, Atelier Vanille Insensee, L’Artisan Parfumeur Havana Vanille, Hermes Hermessence Vanille Galante, Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling and/or any of those Guerlain Shalimar flankers.
Projection and longevity are above average.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $190 at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Vanilla-scented gin and tonic in a dusty library. A really versatile vanilla with broad appeal.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by PR. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Fragrantica. James Cagney pic from www.fanpix.net. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!