Sutton Place, the gently balanced new scent from Bond No. 9
It's not easy to find a fragrance that pleases everyone - but this is different
Words: India Gladstone
It’s not easy to find a fragrance that pleases everyone. Some feel bright citrus colognes smell like a tutti-frutti cocktail, while others might think heavy, musky scents smell like raccoon urine.
Sutton Place, the latest fragrance from Bond No. 9, is named for a small neighborhood enclave in Manhattan historically inhabited by men who spent their days at the nearby United Nations Building. In other words, ambassadors and diplomats.
And so in the spirit of diplomacy is this balanced and refined masculine fragrance. Sutton Place’s chief ingredients include bergamot, cassis, jasmine, amber, musk, leather and vanilla. It comes handsomely packaged in a croc-embossed bottle with gold lettering. The hefty 100 ml size — enough to perfume a league of nations — is priced at $350.
Bond No. 9 was founded in 2003 based on the clever conceit of creating scents inspired by New Yorks’ wide-ranging and diverse neighborhoods. Its fragrances use real eau de parfum — the powerful, concentrated stuff — and occupy the upper strata of the fragrance market. The company operates four boutiques in Manhattan, including one at Madison and 73rd. With a portfolio of over 60 fragrances for men and women, Bond No. 9’s most popular masculine scents include Wall Street, Bleeker Street, and Scent Of Peace For Him.
“Going against the grain of most commercial fragrances,” states the company, “Bond No. 9 restores the grand art of perfume blending, using only high, 18-22 percent concentrations of pure eaux de parfums — the longlasting concentrations of the legendary vintage scents of the 1920s and 1930s.”