I am absolutely addicted to Monocle’s Hinoki scent, created for MONOCLE magazine by Comme des Garçons. I simply can’t stop spritzing it all over me. It is a woodsy scent that is nothing like anything else I’ve smelled. According to Monocle’s founder, Tyler Brûlé, the inspiration for the scent came from “a perfectly still slightly chilly spring morning spent soaking in an indoor/outdoor tub at the Tawaraya in Kyoto. It pulls together a memory of the mosses and trees outdoors and the sharp notes of the boxy, hinoki tub.”
To infuse your home with this enchanting scent, get the Hinoki candle. The MONOCLE shop did not have this in stock when I visited so this is something I’ll have to bring back next time I go to LA.
You can buy the Hinoki scent from the lovely little Monocle shop at the Brentwood Country Mart in West Los Angeles or online (£65). The Monocle boutique is the perfect place to get gifts for friends, relatives and business colleagues, and also for yourself. It’s a jewel of a store selling thick Mackintosh wool blankets made in Scotland, Delvaux passport holders, Porter travel bags, linen notebooks by German notebook maker Brandbook.de, menswear (Kitsune shirts, Aspesi swim trunks, Drakes of London gloves and scarves), and more.
If Hinoki doesn’t quite do it for you, make sure you try their second scent called Laurel which is inspired by a trip to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. It is a fresh clean scent that has warm laurel notes.
Monocle x Commes des Garçons (50 ml $120) available at:
The Monocle Shop
225 26th Street
Shop 19 B
Santa Monica CA 90402
+1 310 395 4180
**If you are looking for other unusual, enchanting perfumes in Los Angeles, go to Le Labo on
8385 West 3rd Street.