Well My Dears
Your temporary man in America has returned home and to his writing desk.
I did miss you all terribly you know.
After a couple of days to clear the head and get my bearings, I am ready, just about, to go once more into the breach and recommence my adventures in the world of “women’s” perfume.
But before I do, I thought I would indulge myself with a little choice of my own and what better than…
le 3e Homme de Caron by Caron?
After all, what perfume could possibly be more appropriate for a traveler returned than this French masterpiece, inspired by a classic British film, directed by the illegitimate son of a Knight of the Realm and photographed by an Australian in ‘Dutch Angles, about an American writer in post war Austria all set to the unforgettable tune of an Hungarian zither player!
As if all of that were not enough, I read, after years of wearing this chypre-like delight, that some perfume writers consider it too ‘pretty’ for men… and wonder if any wear it!?!
Well to that there is an emphatic answer…. I am The Third Man!!!
Oh, gosh, all this voyage voyage has gone to my head… I am The Perfumed Dandy.
One last reason why I chose this Carol Reed-influenced Caron today is that The Dandy bought his latest stash a sensational little store on off Lexington Avenue, NYC whilst on his travels.
More about that anon… Indeed, this week will be full of American snaps, scents and reminiscences… and perhaps the odd review here and there to boot.
And London Town?
The skies may be grey, but the people and the place remain glorious.
The weather is humdrum, the life anything but and most importantly, it’s home.
It’s good to be back.
Just one final thing… as all the best sleuths and spies are known to say…
In keeping with the mood of mystery that this magical fragrance and the classic piece of cinema that inspired it conjure…
I wonder if you might be able to solve The Dandy‘s own little perfumed puzzle and identify which London landmark ‘the third man’ was snapped outside this morning in my own humble photograph at the top of the page?
Your missing person returned.
Your very own Third Man.
The Perfumed Dandy.