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In honor of one of our latest arrivals, we’re diving into the storied history of the Aran sweater. Often considered Ireland’s most famous fashion export, the Aran sweater is the epitome of cozy, classic winter fashion and has endured for decades. Timeless, stylish, and perfect for the coldest winter days, here’s a brief history of this iconic fashion staple:

Origins

The Aran sweater first originated from The Aran Islands off of the Western coast of Ireland, a group of stunningly beautiful islands that also happens to be home to some of the world’s harshest weather conditions. The sweater was first created to protect both farmers and fishermen from the islands’ natural elements, with the different patterns representative of the regions they were created from. The fisherman and farmers who first wore the sweater were marked by their area of region, parish, or village based on their sweaters’ patterns. 

The Aran Islands

A Rise in Popularity  

While the first sweaters were knit by women to protect their families from the aforementioned weather conditions over a hundred years ago, the Aran exploded in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s when The Clancy Brothers wore the sweaters on a The Ed Sullivan Show. This created an entirely new and lucrative industry for the Irish, whose government sent manufacturers to the Aran Islands to educate the knitters on international clothing sizes. With the export of the famed knit, the Aran reached global levels of popularity and was a favored pattern of such stars as Grace Kelly (who famously appeared in an Aran sweater on the cover of Vogue in 1950), Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen (the original King of Cool), and Marilyn Monroe. 

Merino Wool Knit

What’s In A Stitch

In addition to each pattern representing a region of the Aran Islands, legend has it that the different stitches reflect the beliefs and spirituality of the Aran islanders. The Honeycomb Stitch, for example, reflects the value of hard work, while the Cable Stitch is said to be a tribute of safety and luck for the fisherman. The Diamond is a blessing for success and wealth, while the Basket Stitch was made as a symbol of hope for a fisherman’s plentiful catch in his fishing basket. 

Aran sweaters have always been prized for their superior quality and protection against the cold and the wind and though various wools have historically been used to craft Aran sweaters, merino wool has become the most popular choice for its natural benefits. One of the most insulating natural fabrics on the planet, it keeps you ultra-warm on the coldest days, but is also moisture-wicking and breathable when the temperatures rise. Additionally, it’s the softest and most luxurious wool available, meaning your Aran sweater feels as cozy as it looks. 

Romeo Merino Wool Sweaters
Shop our complete collection of Aran knits at the Romeo Merino website. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to get exclusive perks, offers, and first looks at our latest offerings.
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In honor of one of our latest arrivals, we’re diving into the storied history of the Aran sweater. Often considered Ireland’s most famous fashion export, the Aran sweater is the epitome of cozy, classic winter fashion and has endured for decades. Timeless, stylish, and perfect for the coldest winter days, here’s a brief history of this iconic fashion staple:

Origins

The Aran sweater first originated from The Aran Islands off of the Western coast of Ireland, a group of stunningly beautiful islands that also happens to be home to some of the world’s harshest weather conditions. The sweater was first created to protect both farmers and fishermen from the islands’ natural elements, with the different patterns representative of the regions they were created from. The fisherman and farmers who first wore the sweater were marked by their area of region, parish, or village based on their sweaters’ patterns. 

The Aran Islands

A Rise in Popularity  

While the first sweaters were knit by women to protect their families from the aforementioned weather conditions over a hundred years ago, the Aran exploded in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s when The Clancy Brothers wore the sweaters on a The Ed Sullivan Show. This created an entirely new and lucrative industry for the Irish, whose government sent manufacturers to the Aran Islands to educate the knitters on international clothing sizes. With the export of the famed knit, the Aran reached global levels of popularity and was a favored pattern of such stars as Grace Kelly (who famously appeared in an Aran sweater on the cover of Vogue in 1950), Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen (the original King of Cool), and Marilyn Monroe. 

Merino Wool Knit

What’s In A Stitch

In addition to each pattern representing a region of the Aran Islands, legend has it that the different stitches reflect the beliefs and spirituality of the Aran islanders. The Honeycomb Stitch, for example, reflects the value of hard work, while the Cable Stitch is said to be a tribute of safety and luck for the fisherman. The Diamond is a blessing for success and wealth, while the Basket Stitch was made as a symbol of hope for a fisherman’s plentiful catch in his fishing basket. 

Aran sweaters have always been prized for their superior quality and protection against the cold and the wind and though various wools have historically been used to craft Aran sweaters, merino wool has become the most popular choice for its natural benefits. One of the most insulating natural fabrics on the planet, it keeps you ultra-warm on the coldest days, but is also moisture-wicking and breathable when the temperatures rise. Additionally, it’s the softest and most luxurious wool available, meaning your Aran sweater feels as cozy as it looks. 

Romeo Merino Wool Sweaters
Shop our complete collection of Aran knits at the Romeo Merino website. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to get exclusive perks, offers, and first looks at our latest offerings.
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With the new year ahead of us, it’s a great time to up your style game. Contrary to popular opinion, style doesn’t have to be stressful, and it doesn’t have to take a significant amount of your time (or a hefty portion of your bank account). All it takes is a few helpful tips and key investment items that will have you looking sharp with minimal effort. We’ve compiled a quick style bible to help you effortlessly impress in the new year:

Layers Are Your Friends

Pair practicality with style with the art of the layer. Not only will layers help you survive the winter chill, but they provide an instant upgrade to any wardrobe. Whether you want to pull off casual street style or a formal, more refined look, properly styled layers will make you look instantly more polished. Define up-down dressing with your favorite pair of jeans and a worn-in tee topped it off with a classic crew neck for a casual happy hour outing. Think a suit can’t get more stylish? Pair it with a sweater vest and your favorite button-down to channel your inner James Bond. 

Invest in a V-Neck

With a timeless, flattering cut and incredible versatility, a well-made v-neck sweater is a key staple of every well-dressed man’s wardrobe. It’s one of those classic pieces that looks good on every man, and it’s a perfect complement to any outfit. Unlike many other men’s styles, it’s a piece that looks good on everyone, from twenty-year-olds to older gentlemen, to every single body type, and even better, it can make your wardrobe far more versatile with its ability to mix and match with different pieces. Invest in a luxury material like merino wool for the ultimate piece that will not only make you look instantly expensive but will be an all-weather staple that you can wear year-round.

Fit is Key

We cannot stress this enough. The proper fit is the most important element to looking sharp. You can wear the world’s most expensive suit or a pair of designer jeans, but if it’s a poor fit, that’s all people will notice. Ensure that your clothes fit your body properly, from your neck to your inseam. The proper fit should be close enough that it’s tailored but not so tight that it’s unflattering.  

Understand Colors (and how to style them)

Bold splashes of color can provide an instant upgrade to any wardrobe. While timeless classics and simple styles are cornerstones of any gentleman’s closet, key colors can amp up your style game and help you stand out amongst a crowd. Neutral staples in black, white, and gray are fail-safe pieces that will always have you looking sharp, but colored accents can take any outfit to the next level. However, knowing how to wear colors without feeling too flashy or over the top can be intimidating, causing many to skip the colors altogether. To bring a little color into your closet, simply remember the cardinal rule: it’s all about balance. For example, to best rock a bright, bold red, balance it with neutral hues, dark colors, or clean white pieces. This will help counteract the tone so it’s more of a pop of color rather than an overwhelming assault on the eyes. Blue and brown are naturally complementary contrasting colors. It’s an understated look that always gives an instantly polished aesthetic, and it’s a combination that is flattering for any complexion. For a more formal look, pair a rich chocolate hue with a deep navy accent, such as our Blue Peacoat cardigan vest. If you want a more casual style, a pale blue, like our v-neck sweater in Sky Blue, looks casual chic with a pair of khaki chinos. 

Wrinkles Are The Enemy

Nothing screams sloppy and immature louder than wrinkled clothing. Learn how to iron or invest in a proper steamer. For the easiest option, invest in merino wool, which is naturally pilling and wrinkle-resistant.

Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to get exclusive perks, offers, and first looks at our latest offerings.

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With the new year ahead of us, it’s a great time to up your style game. Contrary to popular opinion, style doesn’t have to be stressful, and it doesn’t have to take a significant amount of your time (or a hefty portion of your bank account). All it takes is a few helpful tips and key investment items that will have you looking sharp with minimal effort. We’ve compiled a quick style bible to help you effortlessly impress in the new year:

Layers Are Your Friends

Pair practicality with style with the art of the layer. Not only will layers help you survive the winter chill, but they provide an instant upgrade to any wardrobe. Whether you want to pull off casual street style or a formal, more refined look, properly styled layers will make you look instantly more polished. Define up-down dressing with your favorite pair of jeans and a worn-in tee topped it off with a classic crew neck for a casual happy hour outing. Think a suit can’t get more stylish? Pair it with a sweater vest and your favorite button-down to channel your inner James Bond. 

Invest in a V-Neck

With a timeless, flattering cut and incredible versatility, a well-made v-neck sweater is a key staple of every well-dressed man’s wardrobe. It’s one of those classic pieces that looks good on every man, and it’s a perfect complement to any outfit. Unlike many other men’s styles, it’s a piece that looks good on everyone, from twenty-year-olds to older gentlemen, to every single body type, and even better, it can make your wardrobe far more versatile with its ability to mix and match with different pieces. Invest in a luxury material like merino wool for the ultimate piece that will not only make you look instantly expensive but will be an all-weather staple that you can wear year-round.

Fit is Key

We cannot stress this enough. The proper fit is the most important element to looking sharp. You can wear the world’s most expensive suit or a pair of designer jeans, but if it’s a poor fit, that’s all people will notice. Ensure that your clothes fit your body properly, from your neck to your inseam. The proper fit should be close enough that it’s tailored but not so tight that it’s unflattering.  

Understand Colors (and how to style them)

Bold splashes of color can provide an instant upgrade to any wardrobe. While timeless classics and simple styles are cornerstones of any gentleman’s closet, key colors can amp up your style game and help you stand out amongst a crowd. Neutral staples in black, white, and gray are fail-safe pieces that will always have you looking sharp, but colored accents can take any outfit to the next level. However, knowing how to wear colors without feeling too flashy or over the top can be intimidating, causing many to skip the colors altogether. To bring a little color into your closet, simply remember the cardinal rule: it’s all about balance. For example, to best rock a bright, bold red, balance it with neutral hues, dark colors, or clean white pieces. This will help counteract the tone so it’s more of a pop of color rather than an overwhelming assault on the eyes. Blue and brown are naturally complementary contrasting colors. It’s an understated look that always gives an instantly polished aesthetic, and it’s a combination that is flattering for any complexion. For a more formal look, pair a rich chocolate hue with a deep navy accent, such as our Blue Peacoat cardigan vest. If you want a more casual style, a pale blue, like our v-neck sweater in Sky Blue, looks casual chic with a pair of khaki chinos. 

Wrinkles Are The Enemy

Nothing screams sloppy and immature louder than wrinkled clothing. Learn how to iron or invest in a proper steamer. For the easiest option, invest in merino wool, which is naturally pilling and wrinkle-resistant.

Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to get exclusive perks, offers, and first looks at our latest offerings.

Read more

When it comes to men’s fashion, layering is the ultimate tool. If you look at the world’s biggest runways and most prestigious men’s fashion shoots, almost every man is rocking a layered outfit and that’s because it’s one of the easiest ways to instantly upgrade any look. While some may possess the inherent style and wherewithal to throw together an outfit and channel their inner David Beckham, there are some of us that are slightly more stylistically challenged. This post is for those who need a few go-to outfits to help achieve that effortlessly layered look. With just a few tricks in your arsenal, you can make your closet not only far more versatile by creating multiple looks from a few key staples, but you can instantly go from casual street style to business professional with just a few tweaks. 

Dress Up a Crew Neck: A Crew Neck with a Button-Up

When opting for a sharper look, this is your ultimate go-to combination. Sharp enough for the office (or Zoom call), polished enough for a special night out, and cool enough to hit up the bar with friends, this outfit will instantly up your style game. Opt for a contrasting, lighter button-up with a solid sweater to achieve a perfectly balanced look. If you want to take the look into a casual yet still sharp after-work affair, neatly roll the sleeves of the button-down over the cuffs of the sweater so that the contrasting color or pattern of the shirt cuff is visible. If you want an even more casual look, just bunch the sweater sleeves up a bit to show off the cuff of the shirt. Keep the look smart by ensuring both pieces fit perfectly so the look isn’t frumpy or layered. 

Dress Down a Crew or V-Neck: A Crew or V-Neck Sweater & Your Favorite Tee 

For the perfect street-savvy look, pair your favorite crew neck or v-neck sweater with a casual tee shirt and your favorite pants. Keep it clean and polished by opting for layers in the same color family or always choose a white base layer. Deep tones and bright colors are complemented by white and ensures that your layers aren’t clashing and fighting for attention. 

Dress Up a Cardigan: A V-Cardigan & A Button-Up

Perfect for smart-casual occasions, such as a day in the office, a business lunch, or a cocktail party, a fitted cardigan pairs beautifully over a button-up shirt, trousers, and your favorite dress shoes. Always remember to mindfully pair your color combinations so the pieces complement each other rather than clash and fight for attention. Explore some of our favorite color combinations in our previous blog post here

Dress Down a Cardigan: A V-Cardigan & Your Favorite Tee

The best aspect of the cardigan is it can make you look relaxed, casual, and still polished on the weekends. And with a wide array of colors (from toned-down neutrals to bold, bright colors), you can choose a cardigan that best fits your own personal style and complements your existing wardrobe. Pair your color of choice with a graphic tee, a pair of sneakers, and your favorite jeans for a cutting-edge street look. If you want something slightly more refined, opt for chinos and a solid colored, slim-fit tee. 

Dress Up a Sweater Vest: A Sweater Vest & A Classic Suit or Blazer

Soften the look of a tailored blazer or classic suit while still maintaining its style and formality by swapping out the usual waistcoat for a sweater vest. Far more comfortable and functional, a soft merino wool sweater vest will keep you warmer during the winter months and will provide any suit with a more modern and cozy aesthetic. Just remember to select a fitted piece, so your suit fits perfectly and you avoid looking too bulky. 

Want some more men's style advice? Check out our blog. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to get exclusive perks, offers, and first looks at our latest offerings.

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When it comes to men’s fashion, layering is the ultimate tool. If you look at the world’s biggest runways and most prestigious men’s fashion shoots, almost every man is rocking a layered outfit and that’s because it’s one of the easiest ways to instantly upgrade any look. While some may possess the inherent style and wherewithal to throw together an outfit and channel their inner David Beckham, there are some of us that are slightly more stylistically challenged. This post is for those who need a few go-to outfits to help achieve that effortlessly layered look. With just a few tricks in your arsenal, you can make your closet not only far more versatile by creating multiple looks from a few key staples, but you can instantly go from casual street style to business professional with just a few tweaks. 

Dress Up a Crew Neck: A Crew Neck with a Button-Up

When opting for a sharper look, this is your ultimate go-to combination. Sharp enough for the office (or Zoom call), polished enough for a special night out, and cool enough to hit up the bar with friends, this outfit will instantly up your style game. Opt for a contrasting, lighter button-up with a solid sweater to achieve a perfectly balanced look. If you want to take the look into a casual yet still sharp after-work affair, neatly roll the sleeves of the button-down over the cuffs of the sweater so that the contrasting color or pattern of the shirt cuff is visible. If you want an even more casual look, just bunch the sweater sleeves up a bit to show off the cuff of the shirt. Keep the look smart by ensuring both pieces fit perfectly so the look isn’t frumpy or layered. 

Dress Down a Crew or V-Neck: A Crew or V-Neck Sweater & Your Favorite Tee 

For the perfect street-savvy look, pair your favorite crew neck or v-neck sweater with a casual tee shirt and your favorite pants. Keep it clean and polished by opting for layers in the same color family or always choose a white base layer. Deep tones and bright colors are complemented by white and ensures that your layers aren’t clashing and fighting for attention. 

Dress Up a Cardigan: A V-Cardigan & A Button-Up

Perfect for smart-casual occasions, such as a day in the office, a business lunch, or a cocktail party, a fitted cardigan pairs beautifully over a button-up shirt, trousers, and your favorite dress shoes. Always remember to mindfully pair your color combinations so the pieces complement each other rather than clash and fight for attention. Explore some of our favorite color combinations in our previous blog post here

Dress Down a Cardigan: A V-Cardigan & Your Favorite Tee

The best aspect of the cardigan is it can make you look relaxed, casual, and still polished on the weekends. And with a wide array of colors (from toned-down neutrals to bold, bright colors), you can choose a cardigan that best fits your own personal style and complements your existing wardrobe. Pair your color of choice with a graphic tee, a pair of sneakers, and your favorite jeans for a cutting-edge street look. If you want something slightly more refined, opt for chinos and a solid colored, slim-fit tee. 

Dress Up a Sweater Vest: A Sweater Vest & A Classic Suit or Blazer

Soften the look of a tailored blazer or classic suit while still maintaining its style and formality by swapping out the usual waistcoat for a sweater vest. Far more comfortable and functional, a soft merino wool sweater vest will keep you warmer during the winter months and will provide any suit with a more modern and cozy aesthetic. Just remember to select a fitted piece, so your suit fits perfectly and you avoid looking too bulky. 

Want some more men's style advice? Check out our blog. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to get exclusive perks, offers, and first looks at our latest offerings.

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Whether you’re going for casual street style or a polished business look, the perfect outfit can not only elevate your appearance but can take your confidence and attitude to new heights. In addition to topping off your look with accessories like an amazing scarfbeanie, or a bold watch, there’s another element to ensure that your style is complete from head-to-toe: the right cologne. Not only can the perfect scent give you a boat of confidence, but there’s something primitive about our attraction to the right scent. Some colognes are capable of grabbing our attention and luring us in. The right scent can make a statement, whether you prefer warm, woodsy scents, brighter citrus, or clean fragrances. You may have your tried and true go-to brand, but here are some of our favorite colognes if you’re looking for something new to add to your everyday routine: 

Creed Aventus

Perhaps the most iconic of all perfume houses, The House of Creed was born in 1760 when it was commissioned to provide the English Court with custom-tailored clothing, scented leather gloves, and fragrances. The first bottle was made in 1781 when James Creed was asked by King George III to bottle a fragrance after the monarch was enamored with a pair of scented riding gloves. Since then, the brand has represented the pinnacle of luxury scents, with Creed Aventus being the brand’s most celebrated and sought after cologne. ScentHacks.com stated, “...Creed Aventus smells like a masterpiece that can shine with its perfectly blended scent DNA and a strong presence and performance. This scent has really earned its rating of 10/10. It’s not only the best Creed fragrance out there, it’s the best luxury scent you can get period.” The scent features notes of Corsican blackcurrant, Italian bergamot, French apple, and royal pineapple, while birch and patchouli give a smoky finish.

Bleu de Chanel

For those seeking a woodsy scent, Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel cologne is a must-have addition to their arsenal. A distinctly masculine scent, it melds the scents of amber dry cedar, incense, ginger to provide an aromatic woody scent, with bright notes of grapefruit. Experts say that as the user wears it, mint notes and spicy pink pepper undertones are also released, creating a potently addictive scent. Created by Jacques Polge for Chanel in 2010, it has quickly become one of the brand’s best-selling fragrances.  

Best Men's Colognes: Bleu de Chanel

Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club

The right scent can transport you to places, memories, and moments in time. For a sensory trip to a classic jazz club, pick up Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club, which immortalizes the ambiance of a Brooklyn jazz club with notes of musk, vanilla, tonka bean, and vetiver. Tobacco notes evoke the cozy atmosphere and warm scents of hand-crafted cocktails and smoking cigars. If this sounds a little too left-field, just trust us that it smells really, really, really good (and the simple bottle is such a cool design). 

Best Men's Colognes: Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club

Bvlgari Le Gemme

The crown jewel of Bvlgari’s fragrance line, the Le Gemme collection is the brand’s most luxurious collection of curated scents. Created by Master Perfumers Alberto Morillas and Jacques Cavallier, the line was inspired by raw stones and materials. According to Cavallier, he wanted to “take care of the raw materials, and try to customize each one per fragrance. That means, as they are full of natural raw materials, they are more simple. It’s about expressing a more lateral sensuality or masculinity, which makes them more sophisticated.” While the entire collection is amazing, we love the Le Gemme Ambero Eau De Parfum with earth vetiver root and spicy ginger for a warm, woody scent. For a richer, muskier scent opt for the Le Gemme Masculine Falkar Eau De Parfum which features tanned leather notes and agarwood. 

Best Men's Colognes: Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club

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Whether you’re going for casual street style or a polished business look, the perfect outfit can not only elevate your appearance but can take your confidence and attitude to new heights. In addition to topping off your look with accessories like an amazing scarfbeanie, or a bold watch, there’s another element to ensure that your style is complete from head-to-toe: the right cologne. Not only can the perfect scent give you a boat of confidence, but there’s something primitive about our attraction to the right scent. Some colognes are capable of grabbing our attention and luring us in. The right scent can make a statement, whether you prefer warm, woodsy scents, brighter citrus, or clean fragrances. You may have your tried and true go-to brand, but here are some of our favorite colognes if you’re looking for something new to add to your everyday routine: 

Creed Aventus

Perhaps the most iconic of all perfume houses, The House of Creed was born in 1760 when it was commissioned to provide the English Court with custom-tailored clothing, scented leather gloves, and fragrances. The first bottle was made in 1781 when James Creed was asked by King George III to bottle a fragrance after the monarch was enamored with a pair of scented riding gloves. Since then, the brand has represented the pinnacle of luxury scents, with Creed Aventus being the brand’s most celebrated and sought after cologne. ScentHacks.com stated, “...Creed Aventus smells like a masterpiece that can shine with its perfectly blended scent DNA and a strong presence and performance. This scent has really earned its rating of 10/10. It’s not only the best Creed fragrance out there, it’s the best luxury scent you can get period.” The scent features notes of Corsican blackcurrant, Italian bergamot, French apple, and royal pineapple, while birch and patchouli give a smoky finish.

Bleu de Chanel

For those seeking a woodsy scent, Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel cologne is a must-have addition to their arsenal. A distinctly masculine scent, it melds the scents of amber dry cedar, incense, ginger to provide an aromatic woody scent, with bright notes of grapefruit. Experts say that as the user wears it, mint notes and spicy pink pepper undertones are also released, creating a potently addictive scent. Created by Jacques Polge for Chanel in 2010, it has quickly become one of the brand’s best-selling fragrances.  

Best Men's Colognes: Bleu de Chanel

Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club

The right scent can transport you to places, memories, and moments in time. For a sensory trip to a classic jazz club, pick up Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club, which immortalizes the ambiance of a Brooklyn jazz club with notes of musk, vanilla, tonka bean, and vetiver. Tobacco notes evoke the cozy atmosphere and warm scents of hand-crafted cocktails and smoking cigars. If this sounds a little too left-field, just trust us that it smells really, really, really good (and the simple bottle is such a cool design). 

Best Men's Colognes: Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club

Bvlgari Le Gemme

The crown jewel of Bvlgari’s fragrance line, the Le Gemme collection is the brand’s most luxurious collection of curated scents. Created by Master Perfumers Alberto Morillas and Jacques Cavallier, the line was inspired by raw stones and materials. According to Cavallier, he wanted to “take care of the raw materials, and try to customize each one per fragrance. That means, as they are full of natural raw materials, they are more simple. It’s about expressing a more lateral sensuality or masculinity, which makes them more sophisticated.” While the entire collection is amazing, we love the Le Gemme Ambero Eau De Parfum with earth vetiver root and spicy ginger for a warm, woody scent. For a richer, muskier scent opt for the Le Gemme Masculine Falkar Eau De Parfum which features tanned leather notes and agarwood. 

Best Men's Colognes: Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club

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