Bond's Union Square Review by Patti aka Cavewoman
The second fragrance in the Andy Warhol series by Bond No. 9 is called Union Square, following the launch of Silver Factory at the end of last year. If Silver Factory was the flash and color of Warhol's downtown scene, evoking the feeling of his famous movie and art studio and general hipster gathering place, then the new Union Square is the shy observer himself. Warhol loved to gather people around him who would be interesting and inspiring --- those would be the Silver Factory scent types -- but he would often just sit on the sidelines and just watch what was happening around him. Warhol was actually a very shy man, and I thought of this side of his personality with my first try of the new Union Square.
Andy Warhol Union Square starts softly and gently with hints of green. That's unusual for a typical green scent, which usually shout, not whisper. The florals of lily of the valley and freesia are delicate and easy, as light as air and lending a happy feeling to the mid notes. As the scent develops, the woods and amber tend to play off of each other, at times I'm smelling the woods, and then the amber, back and forth they go, in a most unusual exchange. The scent is anchored in what is called "silver cloud musk accords" -- it's barely there on my skin, and it's a minor presence.
The first time I tried Union Square, I was reminded of another amber scent that I like. They are not sister scents, but I got a feeling of the same amber as I have come to like in Paul & Joe Bleu. The scents themselves are not similar, but often I get hints of other scents with the perfume that I am wearing. There is nothing powdery going on with the amber in Union Square. I'm glad of that.
Union Square is light, breezy, soft, shy, unpredictable, happy, and seems to have several personalities all in one. It's the perfect scent for a Saturday afternoon stroll through a flea market or antique show, which was one of Warhol's favorite pastimes. Union Square would suit him perfectly.
It's as delightful and charming as the man himself.
Note from Blogdorf: Union Square launches in March and will be available at all Bond boutiques. There will be ten bottles to choose from. I personally adore two. The prices and sizes are $195 for 100 ml/3.4 oz. and $135 for 50 ml/1.7 oz. Robert Lee Morris designed 400 limited edition covet worthy flower necklaces in sterling silver for this launch. The necklace and 100 ml bottle will retail for $575.