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By the Sea Comme des Garcons does it again. Launching in November just in time for the holidays. A limited edition of 3 bottles hand-painted by Sandra Korn that are true works of art. Collect them all!

Amazingreen, CDG2 and Wonderwood 50ml limited edtition bottles by Sandra Korn.

Fragrance of the Week: Amazingreen

Fresh-squeezed and full of surprises: AMAZINGREEN. Launched this July, this new unisex Comme des Garçons scent delivers another brilliant combination of unexpected flavors that mix Palm Tree Leaves, Dew Mist, Gunpowder and Smoke that promises “a blast of green energy” to surprise and revive the senses.

Created by renowned nose Jean-Christophe Herault, AMAZINGREEN emits top notes of verdant natural wild leaves, settles with an elemental heart of flint and coriander, and finishes with an explosion of gunpowder and white musk. Unique!

TOP NOTES:

Palm tree leaves, green pepper, dew mist, jungle leaves.

HEART NOTES:

Ivy leaves, orris roots, coriander seeds, silex

BASE NOTES:

Gunpowder accord, vetiver, smoke, white musk.

AMAZINGREEN Eau de Parfum is avalable in 100ml and 50ml signature spray bottles.

Designer Coke

Spotted in downtown Helsinki the Jean Paul Gaultier Citroen designed for Coca Cola.

Who said that horizontal stripes make you look fat?

Holy Magi-a-Go-Go!

Photo & Text: Cyn. Zarco
Illustration: Paolo Ambu

It has been written that on Three Kings Day, January 6, the day of Epiphany, Three Wise Men (in our case, 2 men + 1 woman) traveled from afar to Bethlehem to welcome the Christ child, to bring gifts to the Baby Jesus —  gold, frankincense and myrhh.

GOLD: CdG 8 88, Santa Maria Novella Gold Musk. FRANKINCENSE: CdG Avignon, CdG Zagorsk. MYRRH: Bond No.9 Cooper Street, Odin No.3

How did they know to bring room scents? Oh, I forgot — they’re wise men. Jesus was born in a manger, after all, in a barn, surrounded by farm animals, including one tired donkey. It could not have been pleasant. No indoor plumbing. Not even at the inn. So we, the B-Team, a. k. a. Melchior, Balthazar and Caspar, got creative: What would a savior want on his birthday? Playsam’s red Speedy Mini LeMans, natch. Trumpette’s Silver Crystal-Set Piggy Bank to grow on. Perfume is key. Balthazar’s choice, the gold star — Bond No. 9 Fire Island, every man’s must-have for personal appearances among the masses in the scorching Middle East. After all, isn’t good grooming next to godliness?!? Preach.

Not pictured above are gifts we wise three stashed in our camel-packs: Trumpette gold penny loafers, Etiquette striped socks, baby Aviator Ray-bans, Comme des Garcons Play! boy polo, Havaiana baby blue sandals, Jao hand sanitizer, Klen wash-on sunscreen. Hey, life is tough on the road, even for a miracle.

HOLY MAGI STYLE

(The Three Kings are wearing Missoni hooded bathrobes.)

GREG
Mosley Tribe hand-beaded, Hillyard shades, ltd. ed.; Ipanema graphic flip flops

CYN.
Mosley Tribe Cheyne blue-mirror shades; Lanno leather necklace;  Melissa sandals by Gaetano Pesce

PAOLO
Ray-ban platinum gold Aviators, Ipanema flip-flops; Babalu Miami cigar

MONDO ITALIANO, Part II

FROM EUROPA, WITH LOVE

by Greg Melvin & Paolo Ambu

VIVA VENEZIA!

The highlight of our stay in Venice was our visit to the Salviati glass factory in Murano hosted by Bojan. Established in 1859 by Antonio Salviati, the place is a veritable museum of industrial design with top collaborators creating masterpieces from crystal vases to chandeliers. We were awed by their exquisite glass-sculpting technique, the precise craft that went into making each object. We were told that Salviati’s original “cookbook” filled with the specific recipes for each color of glass, is locked away in a little blue box. Only Salviati’s master glassmaker has the key.

Babalu Miami is the only boutique in America that carries Salviati. Be a mensch. Gift a set of collectible crystal wine glasses to your best drinking buddy. Or, a set of champagne flutes for your bgf. Perfect for cocktails before partying at Little Lighthouse Foundation‘s extravaganza fundraiser, Nightmare Above Lincoln Road Saturday, October 29, on the roof of 1111 Lincoln.

Go incognito, of course, in a one-of-a kind, totally ga-ga artglam, repurposed masque by New Yorker Stephan Keating.

Masque Parade - Stephan Keating

Our limited stash sells out each year. So, get one at Babalu Miami boutique quick. They go fast!

Back to Venice, the city of masqued balls. Later that night, after a lovely dinner on the canal at our hotel, Palazzo Barbarigo, we were still hungry! Feeling Chinese, we found a place in town that served tapas-size, fried-rice portions — Tianjin Chinese Ristorante on Ramo de la Dojana de Tua. Yum! Greg surprised our waiter by speaking Mandarin.  (p.s. We were not hungry two hours later.)

Tianjin Ristorante

Sated, we walked the maze of Venice’s labyrinthine streets back to the hotel. Or, so we thought.  After walking around in circles, we stumbled upon this lovely Comme des  Garcons-y graffitti — the only clue to our way home.

I voov Comme des Garcons sneakers!

The next day, we couldn’t wait to see the Venezia Biennale and partake in Norma Jeane‘s interactive plasticine art installation. Ha! What’s black and white and red all over? ART.

The 54th International Art Exhibition, ILLUMInations, is a single display featuring 83 artists from all over the world. It’s spread out over 10,000 square meters between the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and is open until November 27.

Here is a video of  a piece we also enjoyed.  “Chance” in the French Pavillion is a mixed-media installation by artist Christian Boltanski.

When we got back to the hotel, we were so inspired we made our own video.

What’s in our toilette?

G  R  E  G

Paul Smith toiletry bag

Anthony Logistics Grab & Go travel essentials

Jao Serious Moisture Facial

Marvis ginger toothpaste

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus deodorant

Comme des Garcons Ouarzazate Incense eau de parfum

P A O L O

Sea Bags travel tote
Malin+Goetz essentials travel kit
Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood deodorant
Jao hand refresher
Marvis jasmine toothpaste
Etat Libre d’Orange Fat Electrician eau de parfum

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