Quick Hits: Complimentary Customizations at Barneys, Jay-Z’s Champagne Release and More


This Saturday, April 22nd, Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship will be hosting complimentary in–store customizations to celebrate spring! Think denim embroidery, patch application, handbag and shoe embossing, custom painting, airbrushing, and beauty activations. Featured designers include Fiorruci, Sandrine Rose, 3×1, J Brand, Alpha Industries, Acne Studios, Frame, Nudie Jeans, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, and Grlfrnd. The event will be taking place from 2-6PM on Madison and 61st street and will be open to all guests.


Hawthorne, a bespoke fragrance for men that has been sold out for the past month, just became available to consumers again. Founded by former Hood By Air creative Phil Wong, and co-founder Brian Jeong of BCG Digital Venture, the duo launched the direct-to-consumer fragrance experience last year. Through an online biometrics test, Hawthorne sends men tailored fragrances for work and play that fit best with their profile. Shop Hawthorne here.


After its initial release was named ‘Best Blanc de Noirs in the World’ in 2016, Champagne Armand de Brignac has returned for round two with its Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Two (A2), which arrives in the U.S this week. Following a blind tasting of 250 competing cuvées, the Jay-Z owned champagne was awarded the utmost acclaim, and its second assemblage is expected to be no different. “The second assemblage reveals more notes of peppermint, stone fruit and an intense minerality. As you taste this champagne you have the feeling that its development is just at the beginning and it will flourish and intensify with even further cellaring, potentially 15 years or more,” said Chef de Cave, Jean-Jacques Cattier.