Andy Warhol, Shoe Fetishist
Before Andy Warhol became the king of the Factory and one of the most recognizable pop culture icons of the twentieth century, his first years in New York followed the current “starving artist” model pretty carefully—squatting in a furnitureless apartment, doing odd jobs to make money. While holed up in one of these fine establishments at 242 Lexington Avenue in the early 1950′s, Warhol began selling shoe illustrations for ads that would later appear in The New York Times and the Herald Tribune on a regular basis. With his characteristically quirky sensibility, he sketched the pointy-toe heels of burgeoning Mod fame, images that ultimately made their way into a self-published book and onto the flacon of Bond No. 9‘s newest Warhol-inspired fragrance, Lexington Avenue. In collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the downtown perfumery’s third olfactory homage to one of New York’s favorite sons is a “feminine floral” eau de parfum with woodsy gourmand notes that are intended to achieve the perfume equivalent of an outrageously luxurious pair of stiletto heels. While the idea of smelling like shoes might be off-putting at first, try to go with it as Warhol’s legacy definitely supports a little thinking outside the box.
Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue, $195, www.bondno9.com
Photo: Courtesy of Bond No. 9