Everyone has a Bond No. 9 favorite. Mine is Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue, which I covet as much for as for its fragrance as the bottle bedecked with the late pop artist's pre-50s shoe illustrations. And one of their most heartwrenching and beautiful scents has to be The Scent of Peace, created as a tribute to the thousands of lives lost during 9/11.
Bond. No. 9 was created by the indomitable Laurice Rahme, a Frenchwoman who founded the perfume juggernaut in 1993 and whose fragrances pay homage to NYC - which many perfumistas consider the greatest French gift to the city since the Statue of Liberty! "La flamboyante" Rahme travels the country promoting NY in her Bond-mobile, a bus that gives new meaning to "pimp my wheels."
Whether you live in Gotham or hail from Johannesburg, Laurice invites residents and tourists alike for an evening of sipping, sniffing, and - yes - shopping at her store on 680 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street) from 12pm-5pm on Saturday, December 12. She will be personally signing each bottle, so you know that isn't any ordinary scent flacon you'll be taking home; it's likely to become a collector's item.
- Michelyn Camen, Editor at Large
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