The Louis Vuitton brand is a splitter. For some, it is (shopping) heaven on earth, for others it is simply overpriced designer goods that are sold to some affected, nouveau riche or wannabe full-figure post. Of course you can be divided about the luxury temples, where LV brings the produced products to the solvent man or the financially independent lady, you can also be divided about the clientele that buys there, but everyone will admit, what goes over the counter there has a certain class.
Whether you ultimately like something or not is always a matter of your own taste and what you buy is usually the result of personal preferences on the one hand, and the size of your wallet or the power of your credit card on the other. In this respect, I think, live and let live, everyone spends money - how and where is up to everyone. Some people buy bags, others cars, other clothes, then there are people who bash their heads in with cigarette smoke and alcohol and there are even those who invest hundreds of Euros in perfumes :-)
After I was very much taken with L' Immensité, now my second comment on a LV fragrance and I really must admit, the boys don't spill, they spill. With the same attention to detail as the bags and other accessories, they obviously approached the production of the fragrance line. The order must have been: Create a fragrance that is just like our brand itself: noble, exclusive and with a high recognition value.
There is no question that the concept has also been perfectly implemented with Sur la Route. When I read "zitrisch-frisch", my expectations sank not only to normal zero but immediately into the negative range, because how many zitrisch-frisch fragrances are already on the market? Does it really need another one?
Well, when two people do the same thing, it's far from the same. And, to add another phrase: Better is the enemy of good! That's about how you could put it in a nutshell, but let's take a closer look at the creation of fragrances.
At first the start really surprised me and I don't mean that positively. The lemon in the top note is almost pungent and sharp at first, simply unpleasant. Fortunately, this quickly subsides and what remains is a very citric opening that smells quite good. Until then nothing special, the further development will be interesting for me. Because the lemon takes a back seat, remains easily audible but not omnipresent and gives way to a green, fresh and bergamot-like note. I have a few bergamot representatives at home, be it Bergamotto di Calabria by AdP (I love for its masculine aura), Bergamot 22 by Le Labo (the fine one of this kind), but this final result of arranging bergamot has not yet come to my mind. Because not only bergamot per se is presented, but this light green touch goes along with it.
If I were store manager of an LV temple, I would instruct the sales clerks to spray the whole store with it every hour. To create an ambience that I only know from Hermes flagship stores, where this cloud of scent always hovers.
The all-important question, whether or not you buy a fragrance in the end, is: Do I want to smell like this? My answer: YESSSSS. Just like this. An elegant, self-confident, extraordinary and yet pleasing fragrance. Gentleman-like. And with that, he also sets the tone a bit. With Sur la Route, I can't imagine a metal rock fan with the best will in the world. Always with a suit. But also for smart casual clothes, because a fragrance ultimately underlines the personality of the wearer and not that of the clothes. Whether young or old, everyone should test and decide for themselves. Seasonally, I think it is widely applicable, although perhaps not necessarily in sub-zero temperatures and snow.
Sillage and shelf life: Very remarkable for a fresh fragrance. Unfortunately, most of the representatives of this variety bend too quickly and disappear through the back door. Here too, LV stands out from the crowd. Office-filling, engaging, leaving an almost frighteningly lasting impression on clothing. Making a statement for hours without shouting or annoying. You are there and good is.
I can tell: I'm very enthusiastic. And it's hard to be hard to inspire.
Louis Vuitton has added an outstanding fragrance to its product portfolio that fits perfectly and seamlessly into the overall range. And thus also justifies the still high price, albeit in absolute terms.