A Tokyo Morning: Gallivant’s Seventh Eau de Parfum Release

Since its initial launch last summer, Nick Steward's line Gallivant has added three more cities for fragrance nomads to enjoy.

Earlier this year the company launched Amsterdam and Berlin. The former is an intoxicatingly warm and creamy floral evoking a black tulip containing notes of saffron, amber and musk; the latter is an industrial citrus with an underground edge thanks to black pepper, black tea and vetiver.

The most recent launch from the brand is Gallivant's seventh scent, Tokyo. Created in collaboration with perfumer Nicolas Bonneville, the scent is an ode to kōdō. Much like this Japanese art of incense, which takes over three decades to master and requires a highly refined olfactory palette, Tokyo is a fragrance for those seeking the sublime scents in life.

“What I am trying to evoke with this fragrance is that very special feeling of early morning in the city. Wandering the back streets, electric cables overhead, everything is tranquil and surprisingly quiet – like being in a village with small wooden houses. A calm elegance amid the big city neon energy,” Steward explains.

The scent opens with notes of yuzu, bergamot and cardamom, with a dash of wasabi thrown in for a spicy kick. Given its inspiration, it is naturally an incense and wood-heavy concoction, but think exquisitely smooth notes of hinoki and cedarwood rather than robust timber and heavy smoke clouds. There is a subtlety to Tokyo, but it is far from indistinct. Iris, rose and nutmeg enrich its heart accord, which finishes on a polished base of amber, sandalwood and patchouli. Akin to kōdō, this Eau de Parfum makes you stop, inhale and enjoy the olfactory experience for a moment of true serenity.

Tokyo is now available on Gallivant's website and selected stockists worldwide.

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As well as reporting for Basenotes, Carla is a Freelance fashion, art and fragrance journalist. Contributor for Twin, A Shaded View on Fashion, Dazed Digital and more.


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