Photos by Matteo Carcelli

This month the Barcelona-based designer Boris Bidjan Saberi launched his first fragrance. Saberi is best knows for his intricately constructed leather jackets, and it was no surprise to learn that the fragrance is inspired by the smell of vegetable tanned leather. Saberi also wanted the fragrance to reflect the sensory imprint of his daily work routine, the scents of raw materials that surround him in his atelier that at the end of the day mix with the odors unique to his body. This is how Saberi thinks of his work; each product he produces inevitably contains a part of himself as a designer and artisan.

Based on this description and Saberi’s hard-hitting aesthetic, one would expect a strong, industrial fragrance, but it’s nothing of the sort. The fragrance, comprised of 11 scent notes, is surprisingly soft and fresh, with an initial impression of freshly cut grass that slowly dissipates into something more industrial with hints of wax and glue. (Saberi declined to release the full list of notes, preferring that we not break down the perfume into its components but rather experience it.)

The fragrance was created in collaboration with Geza Schoen, the Berlin-based perfumer. For a long time Saberi wore Schoen’s scent from his Escentric Molecules line, so it was only natural that he tapped Schoen for his own fragrance.

The perfume is now available at the Boris Bidjan Saberi boutique in New York and selected retailers around the world.

100ml eau de parfum | MSRP: €145 / $174

BBS Perfume Launch at Boris Bidjan Saberi boutique in New York

Photos by Wataru Shimosato

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Eugene Rabkin

Eugene Rabkin is the founder of He has contributed articles on fashion and culture to The Business of Fashion, Vogue Russia, Buro247, the Haaretz Daily Newspaper, and other publications. He has taught critical writing and fashion writing courses at Parsons the New School for Design.


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