A bespoke scent created for cult brand Sabah®, Bois is; arriving by overnight train, dancing close until sunrise, browsing the spice markets, sipping mezcal by the piñon fire, hiking through high desert chaparral and a spirited dinner party with friends.
50 ml / 1.7 fl oz. Eau de Toilette for all genders
Born out of the friendship between Sabah and ARQUISTE founders, Bois has a rich sense of place - a fusion of the chaparral landscape of the American Southwest and the markets, spices & leathers of the Eastern Mediterranean. Featuring base notes of leather, patchouli and smoke, heart notes of nutmeg, frankincense and desert sage and top notes of cypress, wild thyme and fir balsam, Bois draws you in, not in an overpowering way, just asking you to come a little closer.
Developed with Rodrigo Flores-Roux
A completely bespoke creation housed inside an Italian glass bottle with a handcrafted vegetable tanned leather cap.
Eau de Toilette. 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz
A warm & romantic scent that is as grounding as it is transportive: a global melange of some ofSabah's favorite notes from East & West.
Every note in Bois has a reason to be there...without one, the scent would be unbalanced — but for me the dry herbal notes in the opening and the frankincense in the heart give a cool facet that’s very distinct. It’s for everyone, every age, every gender, every mood. It’s a very interesting scent in how it balances cool vs. warm, woody vs. green, fresh vs. dry. Bois is grounded and mystical, but also modern and wearable. It’s a scent that draws you in, not in an overpowering way, just asking you to come closer. It’s actually very sexy... I hope people respond to that. It’s a scent that makes your skin completely addictive — a scent to travel with, to inspire you, to enrich your own body chemistry. Take it, make it your own. - Carlos Huber
® founder Mickey Ashmore:
"I created Sabah in Summer 2013. I had just moved back to New York City from Istanbul, where I had been living as an expat working for Microsoft since 2010. While there, I was gifted a pair of very curious looking slippers by my then girlfriend’s family (similar to the ones above!). Little did I know, that pair of slippers would quite literally change my life.
I wore that original pair almost every day and everywhere I traveled. To work, on weekend strolls around Istanbul, on trips to France & Morocco, I even wore my special slippers with a tuxedo to a fancy Turkish wedding aboard the famous Savarona steamship. They were always a hit — even with the Turks, many of whom were not familiar with this footwear as it wasn’t part of modern dress, but rather a relic of the past.
When I moved back to New York City in late 2012, the soles of my slippers had started to disintegrate. The upper leather, not being of the highest quality, was also not looking great. I contacted my friend and through her family learned more about the origin of the slippers I had come to love. I found the best maker of these shoes in Turkey, residing in a town I had never been to, Gaziantep - located in the southeast of Turkey along the Syrian border.
I didn’t know it at the time, but his family had been making this style of shoe since the late 1800s. One of the last traditional shoemakers of his kind; and the most well-reputed in Turkey. His name was Orhan. I got his phone number.
Through WhatsApp, I suggested he make me a new pair, but with a few modifications. No curly toe, no patterns across the top, and a few other changes to the silhouette and pattern, which I communicated with the Turkish I had learned while living in Istanbul. I was quickly learning new words -- footwear was not a category of vocabulary I studied. I then sent him a really high quality piece of black leather with a beautiful texture and asked him to add a rubber sole to the bottom of the shoe for better grip and durability.
A few weeks later, this special, updated pair of slippers arrived to my office on 57th street. I was working in finance at the time. They fit like a glove. I named this pair after Beirut, the first city that ever felt majestic to me. Beirut Black became my new favorite shoes and were instantly a hit amongst friends too (eventually that single pair traveled with me from Turkey to NYC, from East Coast to West Coast, by car from Marseilles to Venice, all over Europe, and finally to Tokyo... they were on my feet during my first visit to the Conde Nast offices and shared many other countless memories with me). I immediately ordered a few other pairs in different colors.
The origin story of Sabah has continued to be at the core of our business. The majority of our shoes are made with Orhan and his family. Albeit, we’ve grown from just 5 craftspeople and a couple of stitchers in a small, crumbling house in Gaziantep to being nearly 70 craftspeople in a brand new, cleaner, healthier facility just a couple blocks away. In 2021, we expanded our operations to El Paso, Texas, home of our second Sabah workshop, another facility that celebrates craft and people in the making of high quality goods.
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