What’s In A (Fabulous Fragrance) Name?

Fucking Fabulous Tom Ford Fabulous. No, not just Fabulous, but Fucking Fabulous. That’s the eye-catching name of Tom Ford’s latest limited edition launch. The sexually provocative designer is once again courting controversy, further pushing his audience (and mother brand) to question where the lines of good taste in fragrance marketing …more…

Chasing Asphalt Rainbows 🌹🌈🗽 Week 3

David Bowie mural at The Graffiti Room

Asphalt Rainbows are unexpected reminders that beauty cannot and will not be contained… Murals. Tags. Pasteups. Slaps. After getting lost on the streets of New York City and beyond, here’s this week’s throwbacks and finds from my explorations in the ever-changing world of urban art… A look back at my time …more…

More Scent-ences & Other Perfume Madness

More Scent-ences Wizardskull in Bushwick McDonalds Burger King Queer

“Look at it this way… at least we learned how to make French Fries… ” – Coming to America More Scent-ences from the Smelly Interwebs From the hidden corners of all things perfumed in media, here’s your weekly CM roundup of goings-on from the mad, mad world of fragrances and …more…

Nothing 2 See | Breaking Free & The Scent of Escape

Breaking Free with Nature’s Relentless Escape Artist What is fragrance? A seemingly simple question, which of course, comes with a not so simple answer. Thanks to a litany of tangential meanings applied to fragrance throughout human history, attempting to decisively answer that very question has become a bit of a Sisyphean task. That’s because at its fundamental …more…

Walking Christopher Street: The Stonewall Inn

A Brief History of The Stonewall Inn (51-53 Christopher Street) First built in 1843, the buildings at 51 and 53 Christopher Street were constructed as six stables, and at the time were best known for housing the delivery horses for Saks Fifth Avenue. The two buildings were converted into one connecting structure in 1930, and …more…

Inside the Pages of Christopher Street Magazine

Christopher Street Magazine Covers

In search of research materials for my fragrance, I happened to stumble across Christopher Street magazine while combing through the stacks of archive materials inside the New York Public Library. Founded in the 1970s, this early gay literary magazine (along with publications like the Village Voice) proved incredibly useful in …more…

Queer History of Fashion (and the Untapped Queer Potential of Fragrance) – Part Three

The CaFleurebon Queer Fashion & Fragrance Series concludes with an analysis of queer fashion and fragrance history during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From fetish-wear and BDSM subcultures, to modern interpretations on suiting and evening wear, fashion continues to tap an endless source of inspiration from experimentation with …more…

Queer History of Fashion (and the Untapped Queer Potential of Fragrance) – Part Two

The CaFleurebon Queer Fashion & Fragrance Series continues. Part One of ‘FIT’s Queer History of Fashion (and the Untapped Queer Potential of Fragrance)‘ introduced the proto-gay subcultures of the 18th and 19th centuries. Now, in Part Two, a closer look at queer history after World War II, the Stonewall Riots, …more…

Queer History of Fashion (and the Untapped Queer Potential of Fragrance) – Part One

Recently, I wrote an article for CaFleurebon on the Fashion Institute of Technology’s “A Queer History of Fashion” exhibition, exploring the overlapping worlds of fashion, fragrance, and gender. Part One begins with the gender transgressive fashions of Mollies, Dandies, and ‘Les Garçonnes.’ Part Two examines the Postwar period, life before and after Stonewall, and …more…