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Scent-sation! The World’s First Celebrity Fragrance Comes to Newport

10645312_444106879089061_1621561285833734189_nWhen a brand has enjoyed staying power since 1612, it’s hard to argue its success. Santa Maria Novella, a fragrance crafted from one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, traces its origins to Florence, Italy. It’s said that the actual mixing of herbs and flowers for fragrance there has been tradition since the 13th century. As the story goes, none other than C10419977_319244291575321_60949301558820202_natherine de’ Medici, who, before she went on to become queen of France by marrying King Henry II, traveled with her personal perfume-maker from Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in tow. Her signature scent is the inspiration for Acqua di Colonia Santa Maria Novella for women, a citrus-based cologne.

“Acqua della Regina” (Water of the Queen) evolved to become commercialized as a cologne. To this day, the scent, which combines the provocative citrus and bergamot with subtle white flowers and deeply exotic spices, is still hand-formulated in Florence and is available at Santa Maria Novella stores in esteemed U.S. locales including Bal Harbour, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, outside Washington DC and now, via Soap & Water on Newport’s Bowen’s Wharf, in the City by the Sea. The brand also crafts bath and body products,and home fragrances in addition to the touted fragrances–all with the same or similar methods to the way it was done in the 15th century. Want to take a quick, two minute trip to Florence’s famed Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella? Let’s go:

Experience Acuqa DiColonia for both women and men at Soap + Water, Newport located at 16 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport.Acqua di colonia 1_560x560This post was sponsored by Soap + Water Newport located at 16 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport. All opinions expressed are independent and my own.

March 30, 2015 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Man, Oh, Man! Marc Allen Clothiers Headed to Bellevue Avenue

LightBlueLinenSuitOn this first day of spring (no matter what it looks like outside), let’s celebrate the arrival of new shops blooming in the City by the Sea. One of Providence’s most lauded men clothiers is spreading his wings and opening a showroom on our most fashionable avenue, naturally. Marc Allen will open his eponymous shop at 142 Bellevue Avenue. “With clean lines and a contemporary feel, the Newport shop will offer the well-heeled gentleman the finest in men’s luxury off-the-rack clothing and sportswear with brands exclusively sold in Rhode Island by Marc Allen, as well as M.A. by Marc Allen, Marc’s proprietary clothing line,” states the official press release.

With his finger on the pulse of men’s fashion trends, Marc shared the following three tips for the season ahead. (Now all we need are the warmer climes.)SummerSuit

1. Expect the unexpected in terms of shades and textures of your favorite colors. Our Newport store will feature new blends of wool, silk and linen, such as Ice Gaberdine that hold much better in the warmer months. The type of cotton that these are made of is designed to withstand wrinkling and is woven in the same manner as a pair of wool gab pants…Thus, giving them a smoother feel than your classic twill you’d find in a typical chino.

In terms of color, every guy knows how to wear blue, but this year, we’ll see shades that provide diversity in the color without being overpowering…Some Postal blue, royal and even shades of baby blue.

2. Look for soft linings and a natural elegance. This year, we’re adding Sartoria Partenopea, an Italian brand that features a softer shoulder and linings. A typical sport coat has a bigger constructed shoulder pad, this particular pad is made of extremely soft cotton and hand molded to give a very easy feeling. These elements are the perfect sophisticated yet un-constructed look that will bridge formal and casual looks.

 3. This summer, cuff your shorts to make you look taller, leaner, and more polished. Shorts aren’t just cut off, but we’re making a lot of shorts to have a cuff at the bottom, gives them a bit more weight to have them hang straight. Shorts that are actually balanced to your size enables them to be more symmetrical and gives you that lean look most men are trying to achieve.

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Marc Allen in Newport will be located at 142 Bellevue Avenue.

March 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Look Familiar? Sebago, Newport and Life Well Crafted

Sebago_2Last summer, I had the pleasure of organizing a full day in Newport for a location scout on assignment for Sebago, the footwear company best known for mens and womens upscale boating and deck shoes as well as dress shoes. Our day was spent looking at photo locations here in the City by the Sea that embodied Sebago’s 2015 campaign entitled “Life Well Crafted.” The campaign concept celebrates Sebago’s history of craftsmanship with purpose, which dates back to the shoe’s origins in Maine in the mid 40s.

I knew IRYS’s waterfront campus would be an idyllic setting with Restoration Hall’s open space for shipwrights in training and the inspiring treasure trove of nautical finds in the workspace dedicated to Coronet. These spaces will look familiar as will the shot from coronet newport ri

Castle Hill’s Chalet Suite (last).




March 13, 2015 at 3:20 am Leave a comment

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