Zambesi has officially launched its own fragrance

Two Aotearoa icons collide to create the scent of 1979

If draping yourself in raven hues and sculptural adornments doesn’t quite cut it, your ticket to full-body Zambesi immersion exists in the form of the brand’s newest creation: a perfume.

Named after the year Zambesi was born, 1979 is a sensory exploration of the brand’s attitude to dressing. This means curiously complex, yet highly-wearable genderless layers.

Top notes of bitter almond and bergamot see to this (all while sounding like something delish that you’d find at The Lebanese Grocer) alongside heart-notes of vanilla and patchouli, grounded by vetiver and leather. 

A singular scent that brings together two masters of their craft, Zambesi 1979 was created in collaboration with Brooke Lean of New Plymouth-based fragrance house, The Virtue. Lean’s niche fragrance knowledge gave way to a 100% cruelty-free and blend of essential oils and botanical extracts, ethically-sourced from French fragrance capital, Grasse.

Zambesi founder Elisabeth Findlay describes 1979 as “not just a fragrance, but another textural layer to the Zambesi story”.

“I hope Zambesi 1979 will become part of its wearer’s story,” she adds. “I love how emotionally connected we can be to a scent: the memories it conjures, the moments it sparks in our minds, its ability to translate how we feel, how we see, how we think.”

Rounding off a phenomenal year for the brand, whose NZFW: Kahuria 2023 show (reviewed by FashioNZ in haiku-form) received unanimous praise in post-show write-ups, 1979 is available from December 7 in Zambesi boutiques, select retailers and online at zambesistore.com