For yin. For yang. For the in-between.
The trolleys and bags by Mandarina Duck with their clear, unadorned shapes and strong colours, which had previously only been seen among the hippies, but not in the upmarket bag segment, had become must-have overnight.
Anyone who was a big fan in his job, in the city, in the airplane, in the train, wore the bustling duck shouldered and on his little hand, back in the nineties, in its heyday.
She also harmonized splendidly with Armani's fine thread, with Jil Sander's understatement as well as with Japanese avant-garde for yin, for yang and the in-between.
I wore neither Armani nor Jil Sander, not at that time, and however much I flirted and languished, a bag of this brand did not give up my budget yet.
The prices at that time were clearly higher than they are called today - but today the duck is also no longer as hip as it used to be.
What is a pity and undeserved - actually.
"Mandarina Duck", the first fragrance of the house, appeared astonishingly late - Mandarina Duck was founded in 1977 and soon launched sunglasses, watches and other accessories in addition to travel and hand luggage, but did not start selling fragrances until 2004.
The concept and message of the brand were very well implemented for my sensation with the first product - the cuboid, sun-yellow edged flacon with the characteristic bulge on the back transports simple understatement with that certain something that lifts the brand out of time and does not equate simplicity with boredom.
So the optics is well succeeded, but on the contents it depends:
After a bright, clear, spring airy opening, gentle, soft, completely acidic citrus notes unfold on my skin, which I would blindly consider to grapefruit and mandarin, supported by petitgrain - the often so scratchy side of bergamot falls completely under the table, instead sun-warm flowers weave in quite soon, which I most likely confirm as freesia, closely followed by tender, light green.
Very fine, very bright and friendly, unobtrusive, neither loud nor shrill.
Unexcited serenity, very sympathetic and relaxed.
An antidepressant that lifts my spirits and also the corners of my mouth, however grey and gloomy it may be, November outside the door.
"Mandarina Duck" doesn't jump big, doesn't pirouette, doesn't jump from here to there.
Basically, the scent is after two, three, four minutes and then remains exactly the same for a long, long time.
After many hours only flowers and fruits retreat, "Mandarina Duck" looks like sun-warm skin, well creamed, a little moist.
A hint of salt - clean, but not too much.
Spring, summer in flacon.
For boys, for girls - and all in between.