Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kitaro Sake, a Tribute to a Manga Master

I first spotted sake cups like the one pictured on the right in a 9th Street sake bar a few years ago. They were being used to hold tea light candles at the tables, and I liked the strange eyeball … Continue reading

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Bond No. 9’s Meatpacking District Shop

I’ve been ambivalent about Bond No. 9, the niche fragrance brand, for a few years now. On the one hand, I love New Haarlem, a rich coffee and amber scent, and my wife wears Chinatown, their woody, fruity floral. But … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: Il Patrizio at Franny’s

When Franny’s, a bright, modern pizza and pasta restaurant on Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue, made New York Magazine‘s 101 Best Restaurants list (coming in at #48), I had to admit I’d never heard of it. It caught my eye on the … Continue reading

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Spotted this Averna-themed window display on 14th Street in the Meatpacking District.

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Fragrance Bottle Design: Boss vs. Bois

In my last post, I wrote about the changing bottle designs of some big liquor brands. This time, it’s cologne bottles that have caught my eye. When I first saw an ad online for Boss Number Six on a menswear … Continue reading

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Booze Bottle Redesigns

Plymouth Gin is just the most recent of many liquor brands to undergo a facelift. Some of these spirit brands are responding to market trends and evolving brand identities but others seem to change merely because they think they ought … Continue reading

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