Tuesday, 16 August 2011

eau d'recognition

One of my favourite German brands has relauched with a new logo.

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Part of the reason why I loved no. 4711 (the original eau d'Cologne) so much was the old-fashioned packaging. I'm such a sucker for italic and gold...the overindulgent Rococco-esque mishmash reminds me of Florida Water, another "eau" with a pungent smell.

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This stuff has also been around for ages, and it is apparently used in magic spells and special prayers (fine line between the two I guess) to ward off bad spirits and the like. I put it on when I know I will be around grumpy people. I can only find it in Caribbean shops, which unlike grumpy people, are few and far between in Berlin.

I'm not sure if the new logo will replace the old, but lately, my cherished echte Kölnischwasser has also been harder to find. So, what do you do when a brand no longer identifies with you?

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Stock up.

Friday, 5 August 2011

fontastic friday: Roman Holiday

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I did all my shopping at the Via Sannio flea market and a boutiques on Via del Boschetto: five gauzy, sari dresses and a silk scarf. Everything I bought was made in India, which I sort of felt guilty about, until I read that "Indians are the Italians of Asia".

Could Italians also be the Asians of Europe? I think living in Berlin has opened me up to the poetic simplicity of stereotypes.

(ROMAN HOLIDAY, 1953), dir. William Wyler, cast: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert)

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