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Mad et Len | In Search of Lost Scent

“The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, and the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.” – Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

I first saw Mad et Len candles at Pitti Uomo in Florence. I walked by, then did a double take, attracted by the black brushed iron cases. They were pointedly anti-luxury. I walked back and took a whiff of the Black Fig candle. Instant love. I examined the other scents. Incense. Tobacco. Amber. Leather. Pot-pourri made from lava rock. It has never occurred to me before to put the words “dark” and “scent” together. I made a mental note.

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Zam Barrett SS13

Spring-summer 2013 marks the fifth mens collection for New York based, Jamaican born designer Zam Barrett. Presented in Paris – handmade in the designers atelier in Brooklyn, the collection compiles wearable clothing with influences from tailored and work wear as well as military garments, and fabrics sourced from Barrett’s homeland as well as the US.

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Guidi SS13

The Italian shoemaker showed its spring-summer 2013 collection in Paris during men’s fashion week. The lineup consisted of their signature footwear, bags as well as leather jackets designed with Italian label Layer-0. Continue reading for more pictures from the showroom.