I recently discovered Bottega Veneta Knot in New York after being persuaded by an enthusiastic fragrance salesperson at Bergdorf Goodman to try it. I was resistant at first because I don’t really like their Knot clutch bags and have wondered why people are willing to pay so much for them. I thought that this would be another overpriced perfume that I wouldn’t like.
How wrong I was!
Perfumer Daneila Andrier’s objective was to create a unique olfactory experience evoking the essense of the Italian coastline, precisely illustrating the elements into different accords.
I think it must be something in the bright and floral top notes of orange blossom, neroli, limette and mandarin which segues into lavender, rose, peony, musk and Tonka bean after about 10 minutes. What starts out as breezy and feminine turns into something warmer, sensuous and richer.
After you’ve worn it for a while and are convinced that it’s given you all its got, Knot becomes light and powdery with a comforting musky woodsy scent. It very smooth, subtle and extremely rich-smelling in a quiet way.
Perfumer Daneila Andrier’s objective was to create a unique olfactory experience evoking the essence of the Italian coastline, precisely illustrating the elements into different accords.
The Bottega Veneta website description of Knot: “First impressions are shaped by an exotic and bright Clementine Tree accord, based on mandarin, limette, neroli and orange flower. At the fragrance’s heart are intense notes of lavender, a key aspect and an unusual addition that lends to the uniqueness of the fragrance, gesturing towards the green hills, and the sense of crispness reminiscent of freshly laundered linens within an Italian seaside home. Rich floral notes of rose and peony provide lush sensuality, while musk and Tonka bean serve as a counterpoint to the fruity notes while imbuing a texture and earthiness. All together, the bright, floral fragrance is meticulously layered to offer an unexpected, delightful experience: an identity of its own, that is destined to leave a lasting memory.”
I plan on wearing this perfume year-round but especially during the cooler fall, winter months. While it is considered a woman’s fragrance, a surprising number of men are enjoying wearing it, perhaps due to the woody and musky accords.
A 1.6 oz. bottle is approximately $125.00 and is sold in department stores and on Amazon.