AND OUD TO WOOD!

AND OUD TO WOOD!

Oud-wood

It all started with the discovery of

TRAPP No. 68 Teak and Oud Wood

TRAPP No. 68
Teak and Oud Wood

TRAPP CANDLE NO. 68
The complex natures of Teak and Oud woods create a modern combination of dark woody and sophisticated sweet notes.  Madagascar vanilla and Tonka Bean balance out this fragrance to create a smooth and spicy aroma.

BASH & BOW New York

BASH & BOW New York

from walking into a unique and inviting boutique on my way to a modeling gig for the SVA Photo Department and meeting Leema Basharyar the mastermind behind this brilliant concept of supporting both local and global entrepreneurs.

My first purchases sold to me by the owner Leema Basharyar

My first purchases sold to me by the owner Leema Basharyar

BASH AND BOW
MANIFESTO

To present a modern approach to traditional boutique shopping.

To create a space that blends the friendliness of a country general store with the luxury of a high end boutique.

To carry merchandise that is not only thoughtfully curated and beautiful, but also useful and relevant to our customer.

To make a conscious effort to source and offer only items that are accessibly priced.

To provide extras like complimentary gift packaging and a personalized gift concierge service.

To support both local designers and global artisans. Why limit our resources?

To maintain an open and honest dialogue with our vendors and our customers, in order to evolve and grow.

Here at Dover Street Market New York my coat from Thom Browne F/W 2014 collection photo by David Unich

Here at Dover Street Market New York my coat from Thom Browne F/W 2014 collection photo by David Unich

I then was thrilled to discover, while working with the personal assistance of my dear friend and former BNY colleague, David Unich, on my fashion blog featuring

https://elementsoffierce.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/fab-five-favs-celebrates-dsmny-dover-street-market-new-york-2/

DOVER STREET MARKET NEW YORK

“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos …” –Rei Kawakubo

Dover Street Market is a multilevel fashion retail store created by Rei Kawakubo of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons. It is located in Dover Street, Mayfair, London. Dover Street Market Tokyo opened in 2006 and is a smaller version of the London store.

My New Obsession! COMME des GARCONS WONDEROUD Eau de Parfum

My New Obsession!
COMME des GARCONS
WONDEROUD Eau de Parfum photo by Sabrina Reales

to discover the latest scent by COMME des GARCONS 

WONDEROUD Eau de Parfum

WONDEROUD the latest homage to Wood by COMME des GARCONS

WONDEROUD the latest homage to Wood by COMME des GARCONS photo by Sabrina Reales

My First Purchase at DSMNY photo by Sabrina Reales

My First Purchase at DSMNY photo by Sabrina Reales

WONDEROUD is an orgasmic celebration of the Wonders of Nature!” –BEAU-T BY BLANE

One of nature’s most precious gifts, worth its weight in gold. An aromatic resin, scented with subtle notes, Oud is known as The Black Gold of Perfumers. 

Used only for the most precious and mythical concoctions, its powerful and rich character brings a woody, animal, balsamic and even honey feel and texture to a fragrance. 

100% Natural Oud extracted from resinous Aquilaria trees grown sustainably in South East Asia. 

Texas Cedarwood Fraction OrPur, Oud Wood, Indonesian Patchouli, Australian Sandalwood, Haitian Vetiver, Guaiac Wood, Pashminol.

Sabrina Reales, fifth floor Manager, was very helpful, and made my first purchase a very special occasion. and she took some great pics to boot!

AGARWOOD
Agarwood, also known as oud, oodh or agar, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured;

Uninfected Aquilaria Wood

Uninfected Aquilaria Wood

however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud (not to be confused with ‘Bakhoor’) and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.

First Grade Agarwood

First Grade Agarwood

One of the main reasons for the relative rarity and high cost of agarwood is the depletion of the wild resource. Since 1995 Aquilaria malaccensis, the primary source, has been listed in Appendix II (potentially threatened species) by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. In 2004 all Aquilaria species were listed in Appendix II; however, a number of countries have outstanding reservations regarding that listing.

First-grade agarwood is one of the most expensive natural raw materials in the world. A whole range of qualities and products are on the market, varying in quality with geographical location and cultural deposition. Oud oil is distilled from agarwood, it fetches high prices depending on the oil’s purity. The current global market for agarwood is estimated to be in the range of US$ 6 – 8 billion and is growing rapidly. (Notes from Agarwood – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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About ELEMENTSofFIERCE

Mission Statement: "ELEMENTS of FIERCE!" is a celebration of artistic expression! The founder, Blane Charles, explores not what people wear, but who is wearing it? He feels that we all have a special style waiting to be shared with the world. Blane also wants to celebrate freedom of expression, uniqueness, individuality, and authenticity! Stay tuned to my "FAB FIVE FAVS!" where I feature five works of inspiration and beauty from my day to day travels.
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