Ermenegildo Zegna‘s Essenze cologne collection is inspired by the luxury atelier’s couture collection. The range of six fragrances are united by Italian bergamot, harvested by Zegna in Calabria exclusively for the colognes. Each as finely tailored as their suits, the Essenze fragrances combine this bergamot with other raw materials, creating sensual scents that embody the spirit of the modern man.

Our favorite of the Essenze colognes is the Florentine Iris, distilled by iconic French perfumer Jacques Cavallier. He concocted the cologne with three iris varieties, jasmine, violet and musk, all nurtured for six years in Tuscany before being used to ensure high quality and olfactory richness.

Florentine Iris is encased in a bottle as sophisticated as the scent itself, its design inspired by Zegna’s boutiques. Designed by Peter Marino, the boutiques bear linear patterns on sleek black facades which translate nicely onto the cap and base of the perfume vial. Get your Florentine Iris for $195 and visit their flagship in New York on 663 5th Ave.

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