Monday, December 30, 2013

Diagonal by Pertegaz c1965

Considered to be one of the classics of Spanish fashion design, Manuel Pertegaz opened his first couture house at the young age of 25 in Barcelona - this was 1942. Pertegaz was on the mezzanine of the famous Diagonal Avenue and in 1965 he launched his first perfume, Diagonal. It was also the first perfume to be created by a Spanish designer and sold worldwide.

Diagonal is a feminine chypre perfume, sparkling with soapy aldehydes, very mossy, fernlike, powdery with labdanum, I detect some sandalwood and heavy, sharp green notes and vetiver. The top notes are a little bruised, but this fades quickly leaving a potent fragrance. The perfume could also be worn by a male as it smells quite unisex.

This has been discontinued for about 30 some years, it is very rare and I have the only one offered for sale on the internet.

Manuel Pertegaz one of the greatest Spanish couturiers with international name, he launched 3 fragrances: Diagonal, Muy Pertegaz and Sport.

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