Tom Ford tours the Orient

Tom Ford (Estée Lauder) has launched a new perfume collection, Atelier d’Orient, comprised of four perfumes — Shanghai Lily, Plum Japonais, Fleur de Chine and Rive d'Ambre.

Fleur de Chine is said to evoke the glamorous Asian women of 1930s Hollywood. It has head notes of HuaLan flower and star magnolia; heart notes of jasmine tea, syringa and tree peony; and base notes of hinoki wood, Chinese cedarwood and vetiver. Rive d'Ambre, meanwhile, was inspired by the Oriental tradition of presenting citrus fruits as gifts. It has head notes of bergamot and bitter orange; heart notes of tarragon and cardamom; and a base of Laotian benzoin, tolu balsam and amber.

Finally, Plum Japonais is based on the ume plum and blends saffron, Laotian cinnamon bark, plum liqueur and fir balsam absolute, while Shanghai Lily is said to evoke the caravans of the Silk and Spice roads with its blend of pink pepper, clove, Laotian benzoin and frankincense. The collection is part of the brand’s Private Blend line and will be available at Tom Ford counters worldwide from July. A 50ml edp costs $180 while a 250ml costs $430.