The latest fragrance entry from Bond No. 9, the edgy downtown perfumery, has a distinctly Long Island focus – it’s inspired by Montauk.
In a lyrical press release, the scent, called Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Montauk (this the fifth in a series of Warhol collectible eaux de parfum) is described as the “world’s first summer sunset perfume inspired by Andy Warhol’s Montauk where a quirkily quaint little fishing village greets the Studio 54 crowd.” It's true that back in the day, Warhol used Montauk as his getaway retreat from downtown New York.
The fragrance is an androgynous male-female summer perfume and is touted as being a riff on the duality of country and city capturing the scent of disco-mania on an unassuming fishing village and nearby woodlands.
Okayyyy, so what does that smell like? Top notes include wild Bergamot, white laurel and blueberry. There’s hyacinth, lily of the valley and honeysuckle, with base notes of amber, driftwood, silver maple and red oak. We thought it smelled great.
The packaging is drop-dead gorgeous featuring Warhol’s iconic “Sunsets” from 1972, a year after he discovered Montauk. There are four different variations displayed in pairs on the front and back of the bottles, so you have a choice – which do you like better?
The product sells for $220 for 100ml, and $145 for 50ml at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bond No. 9 boutiques. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the product go to the Andy Warhol Foundation to support the arts.
Will wearing it amp up your Montauk experience? We’re not sure, but it’s worth a try.