📷Martin Scott Powell NYC
WORDS FROM THE OUR FRI DESK:
They call him Uli & his charms are so potent that in one e-mail alone you're quite sure he might be your new best friend. How do people do that?
Uli comes to us through a baton pass from a rather steady spring of magic who goes by the name Antoinette Wysocki Sanchez, artist & former FRIer.
As per the usual routine when the baton is passed I dive in like a kid at Christmas ripping open carefully wrapped parcels. There he was my new sparkling piece of bling! A parfumier! Who knows one of these? This is my first.
As a scent fanatic I had to smell more. Like pheromones the chosen notes all orchestrate clues to personality. I hoped his would be happy and somehow intriguingly complicated. So, as I happened to be in NYC when he came through, Uli pointed me to the desk at Barney's where I sleuthed my way to the spot where a collection of 5 understated but handsome little glass bottles stood waiting for a new home. I handed over the plastic & took home one of my favourite all time fragrances called APSU, my other best loved is the Geranium number at Diptyque to give you an idea of what I lean towards. So, although I've never met the man or spoken to him I feel like I know the man...his FRIs should fill in any missing gaps quite nicely. Enjoy!
WORDS FROM THE ULRICH LANG DESK:
ULRICH LANG NEW YORK FRAGRANCES was created in 2002 when former L'Oreal Excecutive and Art Lover Ulrich Lang partnered up with long time friend Britt Biegelsen. Contemporary photography by artists such as Katy Grannan, Olivia Bee and Matthew Porter has inspired the development and packaging of each of the 6 fragrances in the current product line. Combining simplicity with sophistication ULRICH LANG NEW YORK can be found in selective retail worldwide, including Barneys NewYork, Liberty London, nose Paris and 10 Corso Como Milano.
Ulrich Lang was born under the sign of Libra in Germany, has been a New York resident since 1998, likes all things beautiful and wears his fragrance nightscape every day. Except when he alternates with his latest creation, APSU.
Recipes or restaurants...
Your FRI: SAMMY'S NOODLE SHOP
For the proximity I go to Sammy's Noodle Shop almost every night. Sesame cold spinach and crystal shrimp dumplings are my favorites.
My regular breakfast spot is old school Waverly Diner and I tend to take my European friends to Buvette on Grove Street for the fluffiest croissants outside of Paris. For Sushi it has to be Takahachi in the East Village. Over and over.
Beverage, barista or bar stool...
Your FRI: ROB ROY
I quit drinking many many moons ago! But I dream of the occasional Rob Roy, my signature drink when I spent Tuesday nights at legendary Bar d'O. A leftover of my Gin and Tonic years is Tonic Water which has become my cocktail replacement.
Where to go, what to see & do...
Your FRI: SOHO NEWS INTERNATIONAL
I am obsessed with New York news stands. Soho News International (186 Prince Street) is my first destination when I get off a plane to find the New York Times and WSJ magazines I missed and anything new by Luis Venegas. My other New York favorites are Hudson River Park, The Highline, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1, The Guggenheim for its architecture. Aperture Foundation on West 27th Street as well as every single Contemporary Art Gallery in town - 303 Gallery, Invisible Exports and Sepia Eye are galleries I have to see regularly because of their program and artists.
Online or offline...
Your FRI: BARNEY'S NEW YORK
Barneys New York, Project No 8 at the ACE Hotel, The Gap for basics, Pearl River Mart for Chinese Zodiac figures, independently owned shops in downtown Manhattan for browsing and discovering new brands, INA MEN for vintage finds.
Blog, books or broadsheet...
Your FRI: MAST BOOKS
I collect photo books and books on contemporary art. My go to places are Mast Books on Avenue A and Strand Books for hour long browsing on a rainy Sunday. I also like the new Rizzoli Bookstore in NoMad. One of my recent favorites is Archipelago by Matthew Porter which was published by Mack and of course Kids in Love by Olivia Bee, published by Aperture.
Silverscreen, series or soundbite...
Your FRI: THE ANGELIKA
The Angelika is my favorite cinema and I am lucky to live in Greenwich Village where we still have several art house theaters. I also love the New York Film Festival screenings at Lincoln Center. Series I either watch at home or on the plane.
Podcasts to popstars...
Your FRI: JEFF BUCKLEY
The most amazing concert I ever experienced was Jeff Buckley at Irving Plaza. And Madonna at Parc de Sceaux in Paris as well as Prince at Madison Square Garden. My favorite DJs are old school New Yorkers. David Morales and Jellybean Benitez. And Berlin based I/Y.
Staycation, vacation or relocation...
Your FRI: NEW YORK
I don't have to travel. My favorite place in the world is New York City! I love big cities. Paris and London are always inspiring. Those who know me, know that I also love the quiet life in the South of Germany. My favorite island is Bora Bora / Tahiti. Wherever I can I like to stay with friends and family. My favorite hotel has to be The Townhouse in Miami.
Treat them or teach them...
Your FRI: MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Definitely the Museum of Natural History!
Many hands make bright work...
This is New York's largest poverty-fighting organisation focused on finding,
funding and creating programs and schools which help New York's poorest
neighbourhoods. I feel this is a really great charity to support.