By Belinda Morris
For anyone developing an interest in and a taste for niche perfumery, here’s another name that should be on your radar – The House of Atkinsons. Founded in 1799 by one James Atkinson, and one time perfumer the Royal Court of England, it was renowned for its vanguard spirit, which today is being celebrated by a Limited Edition fragrance – 24 Old Bond Street. Destined to be a covetable collectable, it marks the inaugural annual Atkinsons collaboration with the best of British designers.
For this first Limited Edition Atkinson’s chose Christopher Jenner – the winner of the 2012 British Breakthrough Designer’ to create a special bottle to house the 21st century version of 24 Old Bond Street – a fragrance that was first conceived in 1800. His inspiration has been drawn, appropriately, from Georgian England – the glass flask encased in fine metalwork echoing the lines of Chippendale furniture. SAs a final flourish, a silver tie pin secures the fretwork.
This modern cologne is itself celebrated, having won the 2014 Fragrance Foundation Award for ‘Perfume Extraordinaire’. An oriental for men (although many women will be tempted by it I’m sure) the aromatic cocktail opens for juniper, rose and black tea, with the masculine spirit accentuated by smoky, oak-cased whisky. All very old-school English with a hint of decadence.
£140. 00 – 100ml. Just 1,799 Limited Edition numbered bottles are available worldwide.
(£85 – 100ml for non-Limited Edition)
Available at Harrods, Selfridges and selected stores nationwide.