As a native New Yorker I always felt I had a special edge. I mean spending my days at the Museum of Modern Art, and studying for finals in Central Park, was a slice of NYC kid life as delicious as a slice of Original Ray’s Pizza. Shopping for the must-have-now cheap jewelry on Spring Street in Soho is the kind of daily life experiences that other teenagers in the US could only dream about. It sounds kind of cool now, but back then, it just felt normal and every day.
Washington Square Park always had a special draw. I loved watching the chess players, street musicians and listening to the old people telling us kids’ stories about the park long ago. The park has always attracted iconoclasts and famous characters, from Mark Twain to Bob Dylan to Patti Smith. Even the dogs are decidedly downtown cool with colorful cotton bandanas around their non-pedigreed necks, as opposed to the crystal studded leashes on professionally groomed uptown breeds.
As I sit now holding and staring at a bottle of the new Washington Square Eau de Parfum by Bond No.9, I see the ghosts. On the bottle is a photo-negative image in a filmy blue wash of color that resembles the muted tones of antique daguerreotypes. It’s a park scene of people enjoying life under the famous Washington Square Arch. The details of the printing are so fine that you can see the coffered square panels of the underside of the arch, each one with a carved rosette in the center. The photo could have been taken 40 years ago, or today.
The fragrance inside, created by perfumer Laurent Le Guernec, who has created other Bond No. 9 fragrances, is as unique as the place it honors. It opens with Italian bergamot and tarragon and then mellows into a rich, fragrant and full bodied purple rose, with just a little honey. Final lasting notes are a complex of vintage amber, vetiver and a leather accord. It’s deliciously rosy and hours later settles into soft musky amber.
It’s no coincidence that the this new fragrance is launching to coincide with the re-opening of Washington Square Park and that Laurice Rahme, owner of Bond No.9 collaborated with the NYC Parks Department on the renovation. Enjoy this new fragrance, as I am, whether it brings back any ghosts or not.
Available: http://www.bondno9.com and Saks 5th Ave.