What better scent to go with your Autumn boots than leather? It's not just that there are a lot of new, leathery perfumes popping up, Gilman says. It's that leather is being combined with the unexpected.
For starters, The Different Company Adjatay ($195) couples buttery leather with tuberose and juicy mandarin to create a fragrance that truly transcends the typical. Byredo's Rodeo Wooster, available exclusively at NYC's Wooster store, does something similar by pairing leather accord and suede with violet. It's appropriately named, too, because one whiff and you feel like you're standing on the sidelines of an authentic rodeo, complete with wafting cigarette smoke and the faintest scent of sugary violet from a passerby's own perfume.
Added Gilman, "One of the true standouts of the season, Parfumerie Generale's Arabian Horse ($260), uses a dynamic combination of saddle leather, fur, green notes, and wildflowers to perfectly evoke a horse galloping through a damp, earthen field, proving that leather scents can really be at the forefront of what we would call true olfactory art."