John Varvatos Artisan Black

The Well-Rounded Gent: Smelling Good

Welcome to the latest installment of The Well-Rounded Gent, a new feature that focuses on higher end clothing and accessories for the big and tall man. Send your questions, comments and anything you’d like us to cover here.

Being a well-rounded gentleman means more than just looking good – it also means smelling good. There are many types of cologne on the market to choose from, and we’re going to focus on two excellent choices that will set you apart from the crowd.

Tom Ford for Men

When Tom Ford does something, he does it right.  In addition to creating custom blends that can retail for hundreds of dollars, you can also purchase his original men’s fragrance, Tom Ford for Men.  This fragrance is rich in elegance and class, successfully combining elements such as lemon leaf oil, black pepper, tobacco leaf, leatherwood, and oak moss.  This scent starts out bright and refreshing before mellowing into a rich and masculine base. Tom Ford for Men can be found at Amazon in 1.7 oz for $55, and 3.4 oz for $83.99.

John Varvatos Artisan Black

This limited edition scent is masculine and dark, and evolves into a background of woody and leathery accents with hints of citrus. Artisan Black stays on your skin all day, starting as a medium fragrance and evolving into a heavier scent as it fades throughout the day.  As an added bonus, the bottle is something to showcase.  Each flask is encased in a hand-woven black rattan, meaning each bottle is subtly unique.  This is truly a great scent and an exceptional display of craftsmanship.  John Varvatos Artisan Black can be found at Sephora in 2.5 oz for $60 and 4.2 oz for $80.


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