Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta is a relatively new fragrance, but it is a classic. Created in honor of the fashion houses’s leather goods, Bottega Veneta brings scents of a favorite leather armchair, bourbon, and sweet tobacco. While none of that sounds feminine, it absolutely is. Bottega Veneta is what Dorothy Parker should have worn while she was holding court at The Algonquin Hotel, flippantly dismissing the frilly fussiness of debutants. It’s a pearl necklace, the perfectly cut black dress, a favorite cloth-bound book. It’s a manhattan made exactly the way you like it, straight, in a heavy rocks glass. It’s a lovely solid old bookcase. It’s Dexter Gordon’s “Tangerine.” It’s Macy’s decked out for the holidays. It’s Cary Grant’s dashing good looks and well-timed wit. It’s Lauren Bacall’s husky voice and arched brow. It’s “The Maltese Falcon” and “Roman Holiday” rolled into one. And it’s by far one of my favorites.

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