The Tom Ford Beauty White Suede collection represents the many facets of musk modernly interpreting the powerful yang energy of the accord with harmonic balance and atmospheric softness. Inspired by its storied origins in mountain regions surrounding China, the luxuriously addictive musk in this trio of fragrances elicits the texture and silhouette of its surrounding notes in their silkiest, smoothest composition. The result is three distinct creations, each with a unique character, and all sending a powerful message of raw desire.
“The intention was to build on the true beauty of musk, which is not at all heavy or dirty, but has a deep, compelling softness. Inhaling pure musk is a bit like inhaling nude skin,” says Tom Ford. “What I discovered is that there’s such a spectrum of shades and tones within the musk family that a single fragrance couldn’t capture its character,” said Tom Ford.
The fragrance creates a fascinating tension between feminine and masculine. Endlessly shifting between its two facets, White Suede is a sophisticated and mesmerizing synthesis of two accords from opposite ends of the perfumer’s palette.
A rush of Bulgarian rose opens the fragrance, mingled with the first hint of musk. This romantic gesture is beautifully restrained by a trace of golden saffron—a precious spice known for its own duality of bittersweet warmth—with a pinch of pungent thyme.
Then the suede center reveals itself. Leather in its softest iteration, this suede is given shape by smoky notes of mate tea and olibanum, the resin from frankincense trees. A sweet note of lily of the valley brings transparency to the center and ensures the masculine character of deep suede doesn’t dominate.
The addictive pull of musk is enhanced by amber and sandalwood, creating the scent’s lingering dry down. White Suede stays endlessly intriguing as its twin facets of floral-musk and leather-suede evolve in tandem.