Gattopardo – The Archetypal Portrait of a Sicilian Noble Man

Gattopardo – The Archetypal Portrait of a Sicilian Noble Man
15 April 2020 Antonio Alessandria

Gattopardo is the sixth fragrance that Antonio Alessandria creates for his self-named fragrance collection.

 This perfume has been inspired by a novel written by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa although it is not associated specifically to one of the characters in the book. However, it does try to portray the archetype Sicilian man with his strong bond to his motherland. He is tall with lots of ego and muscular features, which make him powerful, inclined to anger, yes, but in a controlled manner. His authoritarian manner commands respect yet his simple attitude towards family traditions bind him firmly to his roots. A loving caring person that oozes generosity and makes all around him feel welcome. A man with style and elegance having a rational mind that is able to create with an upmost spirit of freedom.

However this “portrait” cannot exist without  background. Sicily is a land of contradictions, a land  of countless cultural stratifications, due to multiple dominations. Sicily  changes very little despite time and the actions of its people. It’s a paradise for both sight and smell. A wild garden that is sometimes ravaged by the intense heat, but always having the power to smell beautiful throughout the year.

Gattopardo is a truly shareable fragrance composed of earthy woods, such as Patchouli, which unite perfectly with the dryness of Cedarwood and snuggle up closely with Amber. The head notes of Bergamot and Fig Milk make counterpoint to an unexpected  Whisky  accord. The heart of the fragrance is supported by an uncompromising floral note of Geranium, while a dusty Iris suggests the patina of time. Benzoin cheers up the soft warm base accompanied by Hazelnuts, Almonds, and Cocoa Powder, whilst Beeswax and Musks suggest a most discreet animalic note.