Clove, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, honey, clove, nutmeg…it reads like ingredients for a creative contemporary dish only instead, it’s just some of the spectrum of spices used in Comme des Garçons parfums. The label, which roughly translated means “like the boys,” is the fragrance arm of the Tokyo-based fashion house known for unconventional conceptual style. It should come as no surprise then, that the distinct fragrances, which first launched in 1994 and expanded over the past 20 years, similarly take an avant-garde approach.
With a curated collection of U.S. retailers, I was pleased to learn this globally-lauded line just hit the shelves at Newport’s own Soap + Water on Bowen’s Wharf. These include the four Comme des Garçons premium lines: Wonderwood, Man (the only non-unisex scent), Amazing Green, Hinoki and Commes des Garcons 2 (retail for $131).
There are four selections from the Series 3 Incense line which is devoted to five scared places associated with global religions : Avignon (Catholic), Ouarzazate (Islam), Zagorsk (Orthodox Christianity), Jaisalmer (Hindu), and Kyoto (Buddhism and Shintoism). Retails for $95.
I sampled a number of the Commes des Garcons fragrances at Soap + Water and what really struck me is that they seem to be the “anti-perfume” perfume. That is, with notes incense, chamomile, vanilla, patchouli, rosewood and ambrette, there’s a palpable natural scent identified with each; they are not overpowering.
Packaging is everything, and these delights come in sleek, architecturally interesting bottles which almost pass for petite pieces of art. Sample the scents at Soap + Water Newport at 16 Bowen’s Wharf soon. Don’t live near by? Soap + Water is now a part of the Shoptiques community, which means you can be sitting in Greenpoint or Greenland and still enjoy the authentic shopping experience at this great shop. Here’s you’re boarding pass: http://www.shoptiques.com/boutiques/Soap-Water-Newport
Comme des Garcons at Soap + Water
This post was sponsored by Soap + Water Newport. As always, opinions expressed are my own.
What’s All the Racquet? Fila, Packer Shoes & the International Tennis Hall of Fame Release Limited Edition Sneakers
The International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF), Packer Shoes and FILA have collaborated on two limited-edition sneaker styles set to debut this week during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. This is the first lifestyle footwear collaboration for the ITHF and partnering with Packer Shoes, which first began in 1907 in Yonkers, NY, and FILA, which has a rich heritage in tennis and role as a trendsetter in sneaker culture, is a natural fit.
The limited edition sneaker collaboration features two FILA Classic Tennis models. The T-1 Mid was designed with an all over Sycamore green suede upper, while the Original Tennis shoe features an off-white suede upper and Sycamore/FILA Red tumbled leather flag (very Gucci-esque!). Both feature a gum bottom and terry lining with a special International Tennis Hall of Fame footbed, a Packer embroidered detail back collar and comes wrapped in custom packaging.
The ITHF will premiere the footwear during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships this week. The shoes will be at Packer retail location in Teaneck, NJ (a must-visit for sneaker junkies) and online, beginning on July 18. The T1-Mid and Original Tennis pairs will retail for $110. A portion of the proceeds of sales of the shoe will be donated to junior tennis programs at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The shoes will also be front and center on the runway this Thursday at the Alex and Ani Ladies Day Runway Show and Champagne Brunch featuring styles from Brooks Brothers and FILA. The runway show will unfold on the Horseshoe Court with brunch on the piazza and wine from Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards from 9-11am. At the event, you’ll also see a new clothing collaboration by FILA and the ITHF. Tickets still available, CLICK HERE for details.
It’s Independence Day—the quintessential “green light” that summer is in full swing. Its also an ideal time to make your Sandbucket List–a list of things on your summer wish list that the season would simply feel complete without. Don’t wake up the Tuesday following Labor Day weekend only to regret all the things you didn’t make time for during the short but glorious weeks of summer. I’m sharing eight of mine below, in no particular order. (What’s on your Sandbucket List? Comment below!)
Block Island. A lot of people have this on the proverbial Sand Bucket List but only a fraction actually get there. Pick a weekend the forecast looks good, spend the extra dough to depart/return Newport for convenience sake, and enjoy those mudslides on the Block.
Stay at the Rose Island Lighthouse. I’ve been venturing out on a Rose Island getaway with friends in what has now become an annual tradition. Grilling, cocktailing and countless s’mores and laughs around the bonfire all while in the middle of Narragansett Bay? Doesn’t get much better than that. (READ MY STORY HERE)
Clarke Cooke House sushi. The sushi guys are only at The Candy Store for a few short months. Grab a stool at the sushi bar or the pair that face the wharf. Enjoy with a saketini.
Sip champagne at Sarah’s Patio in between Bouchard’s and The Revolving Door. This itty bitty space is big on charm and just begs for catching up with a girlfriend or an apéritif to date night.
Island hopping for dinner. Take the ferry to Jamestown. Have dinner at Simpatico or Jamestown Fish. Ferry home. Fabulous, right?
ACK or Vineyard escape. It’s hard to leave Newport in the summer but Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are lovely little trips. They are also spectacular in September and October! CLICK HERE to read my recent Nantucket travel feature for New England Golf & Leisure magazine.
SUP: A few years ago, Jackie Lane from Pulse Fitness took me out at the crack of dawn at Third Beach for a standup paddleboard workout (READ IT HERE). Even though she kicked my butt, watching the fish swim underfoot, the serenity of cutting through the calm water, the intermittent sets of soft sand sprints (ok, not those)—it was such a blast. Must do again.
Beach yoga. I admire regularly practicing yogis. While I love yoga, making/finding time to go can be a challenge. But I’ve always wanted to do yoga on the beach—to be surrounded by the salt air and serenaded by the crashing waves. I’m already a leg up as I attended a Saturday morning class (8:30am) by Innerlight Yoga at First Beach and it was an amazing way to unplug and start the day. (CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON BEACH YOGA)
There’s plenty more, including going to The Shack by Tallulah on Jamestown, a Thursday night concert at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards preceded by a stop at Evelyn’s, Newport Polo…but one thing at a time. Make your Sandbucket List today!
In what in now a bonafide summer tradition, OceanCliff is hosting their Seaside Sip n’ Shop featuring local boutiques and artisans at day’s end on Wednesday, July 1. Clothing, accessories, jewelry, home decor and finds for your four-legged friend, enjoy it all while sipping some bubbly through the sunset.
Whether you’re hosting the backyard BBQ, headed to a posh picnic or packing your tote for day cruise around Newport Harbor, do it in style. Sarah O’Neill Fernandez, owner of Chateau & Bungalow on Thames Street, shares some of her favorites in the shop for the season of entertaining ahead:
See more of Chateau & Bungalow’s treasures at 80 Thames Street or click here. The shop will also be one of many vendor’s at OceanCliff’s Seaside Sip ‘n Shop on July 1–more on that Monday!