Petali e Spade

 Created By

Nobile 1942


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“Petali e Spade” is dedicated to fragility not as a synonym of weakness, but rather as a true inner strength of each of us.

Knowing our own vulnerability and living it in a conscious way ignites our inner flame, the one that leads us to innovation, change and full knowledge of ourselves. And it is precisely this awareness of the vulnerability of things and the fragility of our emotions that makes us ready to face everything. This powerful delicacy outlines the olfactory profile of a woman behind whose apparent fragility hides a fearless soul and graceful ferocity.

The inspiration comes from Xiao Mei, the blind dancer protagonist of the film “The forest of flying daggers”. Her dance of the water sleeves, which almost defies gravitational laws, is pure visual ecstasy. These movements, although delicate, are actually endowed with explosive composure. Petali e Spade is dedicated to all the Xiao Mei's of the world, inside every woman there is a warrior, who advances with a steady step even on the paths she does not know, who bends but does not break the difficulties of life, who prefers to walk by alone in the dark rather than in someone’s shadow

Fragrance Facts

Head notes: Bergamot, Tea leaves accord, White peach accord, Aldehyde notes
Heart notes: Jasmine, Magnolia, Osmanthus
Base notes: Sandalwood, Myrrh, Amber, Fruity musks, Vanilla

Perfumer: Antonio Alessandria
Conception: Florence, Italy
Year of Release: 2022

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Everything started with Umberto Nobile, Massimo’s grandfather, a name that has always been synonymous with luxury fragrances. Since the early 30s he represented Nina Ricci perfumes and in 1942, at the height of the Second World War, he decided to open a perfumery for his wife in Rome. It became a family tradition: Massimo’s father did the same for his wife in Naples and also Massimo’s brother, who fell in love with a woman from tuscany, opened a perfumery for his wife.

Moved by love of beautiful things and by passion handed down from father to son, Massimo did something different. In 2004, when Acqua di Parma was acquired by LVMH group, he decided to create with his wife Stefania a brand that represented the Italian elegance worldwide. We’ve never followed trends: the main example of this is in 2011, when the western world of perfumery went crazy for agarwood, we launched La Danza delle Libellule, a vanilla perfume, that became our best seller worldwide. What is important is to keep our sober elegance, that can stand up over time, to meet our customers’ expectations. The first fragrance was Pontevecchio, created in 2004 and distributed in 2005, which marked the beginning of Nobile 1942’s in the new millennium.

We can proudly say that we are one of few companies producing and packaging by hand “in house” our fragrance products. We do this job with care and dedication: all the perfume bottles are filled one by one handily in our laboratory in Genova. In addition to the Italian ingredients, such as bergamot from Calabria and Iris from Florence, we purchase raw materials from where we know they offer the best quality.

But above all, all our ingredients respect high quality standards and the natural process of maceration. Italian excellence always captures our attention: we always look for new artists and artisans that create something unique. We use Damask silk from Lorsica, hand blown glass from Altare, silver filigree from Campo Ligure, Leather from Tuscany. Nobile 1942 perfumes are masterpieces of Italian artisan work.

Marie Duchene

Creations - Anonimo Veneziano, Casta Diva, Chypre 1942, Vespri Orientale, Vespri Aromatico, Vespri Esperidati, Patchouli Nobile, Ambra Nobile, Acqua Nobile & Muschio Nobile


Anne Sophie Behaghel 

Creation - Fougere Nobile


Henri Bergia

Creation - Sandalo Nobile


Karine Vinchon

Creation - Estroverso


Mathieu Nardin

Creations - Perdizione & Café Chantant


Christian Carbonnel

Creations - Shamal & Malvs


Antonio Alessandria

Creations - Malia & Rudis


Luca Maffei

Creation - 1..1

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