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By Kim Taylor

We’ve rounded up some fresh new items for your perusal — and these are sure to pique your interest if you wear cologne, read books, or both. We suggest trying both at the same time.

Hanae Mori is a masculine, woodsy oriental blend with citrus notes of lemon, and whiffs of lavender, black-current and green notes. This distinctive cologne actually has 50 notes blended expertly together for an unforgettable olfactory experience. Purchase it alone or in a boxed gift set at, and

The latest offering from Aramis is Impeccable – an elegant blend of woods, spice, Moroccan cedar, black pepper, juniper berries and citrus zest. This cologne is well suited for black-tie events and other interesting affairs, and can be found at Macy’s and other fine department stores.

Phaidon’s Decade book will engage for hours, and features 500 color photographs of the extraordinary events that have shaped our lives, captured our imagination, or terrified us during the last decade. It also includes 10 historical essays and thematic essays about technology and our environment. Covering sports, technology, art and human events, this book is a collective, photographic scrapbook for our time. Find it at or visit the Phaidon store in Soho at 83 Wooster Street.

Another Phaidon treat is The Endless City by Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic, which investigates the future of our urban areas and predicts that by 2050, 75% of the world’s population will reside in cities. Featuring essays, statistics, pertinent historical facts, and a road map for how to design cities of the future, this book is endlessly fascinating.

Splash on some cologne, inhale, put your feet up, and dig into a great book.

Originally published December 2010
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