If Cosmetic Dentistry Is An Art Form, Celeb Dentist Dr. Marc Lowenberg Made It So

 

 

If you look at pictures of Keith Richards’s less-than-stellar teeth during the early years of The Rolling Stones, you’d probably just chalk it up to a British thing. But all legends aside about the effects of the rocker lifestyle on his chompers, if you look at him now, he’s got a smile that can pretty much light up a room – albeit in a very Keith Richards sort of way.

He’s not gone on record about it, but it is entirely possible that his 180 on dental salubriousness was due to a serendipitous crossing of the paths with a young New York dentist named Marc Lowenberg. The latter was still in dental school when he was called down to the capital for a large protest of the Vietnam War that was scheduled to take place there.

“There were these marches on Washington [D.C.] called Moratoriums,” he recalls. “I was sent down to act as a medic, and I met the Rolling Stones’ personal physician there. He told me that when I open my practice, I should call him, and he would send them to me.”

 

 

He didn’t take it all too seriously. That is, until he soon after found them actually sitting in his dental chair – and the rest is history. Of course, since rock stars tend to talk to other rock stars, word got around; he was soon counting the likes of Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Roberta Flack, even Iggy Pop amongst his patients.

“I became a ‘celebrity dentist,’ he jokes. “Because all those musicians knew photographers and hairstylists and makeup artists, and they also sent the actors and the models – I think we were treating every supermodel at the time.”

 

 

Fast forward to 2019, and Lowenberg’s success rests on not just the company he keeps, but on the chances he’s taken. He had been roundly castigated by colleagues and the “industry” for being one of the first to make a real practice of cosmetic dentistry. At the time, most considered it a betrayal of the principles taught and learned in dentistry school – and viewed it as little more than a “cash-in” by those willing to offer it.

“Oh, it was terrible,” he remembers. “In New York City I was criticized by every traditional sort of dentist, they called me a quack. Then all those guys that were criticizing it started doing it, because it was very lucrative.”

Indeed, by 2001, a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) revealed that dollars spent on cosmetic surgery had more than doubled in the five years previous. And Reuters reported recently that 96% of cosmetic dentistry patients were female – meaning that as more men become openly concerned with their physical appearance, growth could skyrocket anew. Porcelain veneers, which came on the market in the ’80s, have led the way, with techniques improving all the time. But nothing has come along to decisively replace them.

 

 

What one has to overcome, as with any cosmetic procedure, is the impression that it is all merely being done in the name of vanity. Yet an entire field of study has grown up around the subject of how physical appearance directly affects self-esteem. Lowenberg, who states that he has “definitely changed people’s lives,” even tells the story of a patient in her 40s, whose low sense of self was partly influenced by her unhappiness with her teeth.

“She finally had her teeth fixed with porcelain veneers,” he says. “And the day that I put them in, she was so proud of her new smile, she met a guy in a bar that night, who she ended up marrying. It gave her the confidence to flirt with this guy, which she normally never would have done.”

He does point to Invisalign as an example of how technology is also influencing cosmetic dentistry, by allowing doctors to scan patients’ teeth into a computer. The result is that, rather than wearing wire braces, you’re given a tray that fits onto your teeth, slowly aligning them over a period of up to about 40 weeks.

He enthuses, “That process, which is all technology, is amazing.”

 

These days, now teamed with partners Dr. Gregg Lituchy and Dr. Brian Kantor as Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor, he continues to look after the teeth of the A-list, those whose public presentation is often essential to their continued success. Just a few? Julianna Margulies, Amanda Peet, Renee Zellweger, Heidi Klum…even Chris Rock, whose mischievous smile is arguably an essential element of his comedic persona.

But perhaps Dr. Lowenberg‘s greatest achievement has been to at last take the dread out of a visit to the dentist. For something that was born under a cloud of suspicion, cosmetic dentistry has gone on to change so many lives for the better – and not just rock stars and movie stars.

“I credit myself with having the temerity to go out on a limb and do something that was not accepted in the dental arena,” he considers. “And because of that, I have been able to perfect the art of cosmetic dentistry – because it is genuinely is an art form.”

 

First Images: ‘Louis Vuitton X’ Exhibition Opens in Beverly Hills

 

Ever aware of the singular level of devotion the label inspires, Louis Vuitton will unveil a new exhibition this month in Beverly Hills titled, intriguingly, Louis Vuitton X. Opening in July, it will present an exhilarating exploration of its ongoing dialogue between heritage and modernity, contemporary innovation and LV’s legendary savoir-faire.

The collections highlight signature vintage pieces developed as part of the creative exchanges and collaborations with artists across the venerable house’s 160-year fashion journey. Nearly 200 items from the Vuitton archives along with stunning scenography trace the brand’s storied legacy. The exhibition will feature striking examples of early 20th Century special-order trunks, art deco perfume bottles and window displays commissioned and designed by Louis Vuitton’s grandson, Gaston-Louis.

 

 

Additional pieces include iconic LV monogram bags reworked by fashion icons Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, Cindy Sherman and Frank Gehry. Commissions by artists Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince and the late architectural great Zaha Hadid, will also be included.

The exhibit culminates with the Artycapucines collection, the house’s new and exciting collaborative project with six leading contemporary artists: Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self and Jonas Wood. Named after the street on which Louis Vuitton opened his first store, all artists have transformed the Capucines bag by combining their skills and imagination with the unparalleled artisanal acumen of the label’s ateliers, to create limited-edition original works.

Louis Vuitton X runs from June 28 through September 15 at 468 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.

 

 

Can CBD Bring on a Beauty Revolution? An Exclusive Guide by Skincare Guru Ildi Pekar

 

 

Not even a year ago, CBD was the cheeky new novelty, upsetting conservative types with its surreptitious mainstreaming of hemp culture. It promised everything from alleviation of chronic pain to the calming of significant levels of stress.

Push the clocks forward to summer 2019, and dubious CBD products can now be found in roadside convenience stores in Idaho and Wyoming. Surely without expert guidance, there’s almost no way to be sure how to sort through it all.

One topic still fairly unexplored is CBD beauty. After all, its basic effects would seem to address some very specific needs – for one, how anxiety inarguably negatively affects the condition of the skin.

Beauty expert Alfredo Mineo observes, “We are seeing CBD integrated into a variety of beauty products, mostly serums. I have seen significant results, both aesthetic and medicinal.”

Opportunists are jumping on the bandwagon, naturally – but Ildi Pekar is a bonafide pioneer, a respected naturopath with an extremely popular namesake salon in New York City. More than six years ago she discovered the ethereal qualities of cannabis when applied to the quest for natural, healthy beauty. Or as beauty branding expert Elizabeth Cohen puts it, “Ildi was the first to create luxury CBD skincare, and her products surpass all that are on the market. A facial with Ildi is like going to Heaven.”

 

Ildi Pekar Skin Care

 

But in fact, most have a much more earthly goal: to slow down the aging process in the most organic way possible, and without having to resort to cosmetic surgery. Her CBD based products and treatments have proven to be game-changers, using the highest grade CBD oil sourced from organic farms in California and Colorado, but enlightened by her inimitable intuition for each individual’s needs.attracting an impressively elite clientele.

Pekar herself says, “We wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘changing.’ It is more like an addition and upgrade to the beauty regimen. It is a powerful ingredient to treat inflammation, so it is great for concerns like acne, psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. It has a  great amount of antioxidants, so it helps to slow down aging and gives you a healthy, youthful, glowing look.”

We had the chance to experience one of her facial treatments, and can confirm its ethereal effects both on the skin and subsequently on the psyche; you just feel better when it’s done. Amusingly, it’s been said that many become…addicted to her facial treatments.

“Our mission is to show the power of nature in skincare and wellness,” she explains. “We combine natural European techniques with modern technology to provide superior services and make the highest quality products.”

We asked three beauty industry notables to explain their experience with Ildi Pekar, and then asked her to create a “best of CBD beauty” list, a combination of her own products, and others that she very much recommends.

 

 

 

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Three Beauty Experts Who Swear by Ildi Pekar Products and Treatments

Christine Cherbonnier 

Celebrity Makeup Artist

Christine was recently on Harbor Island, Bahamas, where they were shooting the new summer video campaign for Italian Swimwear + Beachwear brand Calzedonia. Christine recently used Ildi Pekar’s CBD Facial Serum to prepare the models’ skin for a Calzedonia shoot, because it “eased redness + inflammation. Once the models’ skin was calmed + soothed, I could best apply the natural-looking makeup for this epic video.” 

Jorge Luis

Celebrity Hair Stylist + Beauty Expert (Rob Lowe, Kesha, Ireland Baldwin)

“I am a strong believer in serums, tried so many, really, but this one blew my mind, the texture, and the way it makes my skin feel, I am a fan. I find that it has a calming effect on my skin. I am going to start to use it on my clients’ hair.”

Matin Maulawizada

Celebrity Makeup Artist (Mandy Moore, Dido, Clare Danes)

“I have always been a fan of oils and pure products that are beneficial to skin without a lot of fillers, emulsifiers and stabilizers that go into lotions. I also am a believer that a lot of misinformation causes most of what we see as ‘aging badly.’ CBD is a wonderful anti-inflammatory substance and it’s wonderful to have it in skincare items. I’ve been using Ildi Pekar’s serum and uplifting oil on clients and on myself since I discovered it a couple of months ago, and it’s amazing to see such luxurious textures and scents with CBD in it.”

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Ildi Pekar Treatment: CBD Vibe

Vibe out with nature’s natural therapy designed to provide an instant uplifting energy and illuminate the skin by combining the effects of CBD oil, electric stimulation, and negative ion oxygen therapy to feel lighter physically with glowing skin.
Electrostatic polarization massage sends vibrations through all the skin’s layers, into the muscles underneath. The vibrations also release the build up of metabolic waste, improving cell conditions. When pressure is applied with two hands in the direction of lymphatic flow, an electrostatic field pulls at the tissue. Once the field is discharged, tissue returns to its former position.
The CBD ingredient is then penetrated deep into the skin to hydrate, balance, and reduce topical inflammation for longer lasting results.
Oxygenating negative ion therapy helps to balance the skin PH, hydrate, and reinforces collagen production for youthful and glowing skin
BENEFITS: Releases muscle tension and skin surface tension, revitalizes skin, stimulates microcirculation, loosens metabolic waste, removes toxin deposits, detoxifies skin and speeds up healing, increases energy levels while decreases stress, leaving you feeling lighter physically and brighter energetically.

 

 

CBD products by Ildi Pekar

Tissue Repair Serum infused with 250 MG CBD oil

Known for its healing properties, cannabis oil can provide powerful antioxidants, omegas, and anti-inflammatory benefits. All of which can address the common skin concerns of inflamed, dehydrated, and aging skin. Our mission is to reduce inflammation, help rebuild healthy skin cells and tissue fibers, as well as hydrate the skin.This luxury serum also has skin-loving ingredients such as aloe vera juice, vitamin C, vitamin B3 and hyaluronic acid to plump, and nourish the skin.

Sleeping Mask with 250 MG CBD oil

A unique formulation of natural and organic ingredients that help address all skin concerns ranging from dryness, texture, to lightening and brightening. This ultimate repairing mask can bring your skin back to life. Its therapeutic effect can help you sleep deeper and assist the cells, leaving you refreshed and ready for the next day. It reduces topical inflammation, nourishes your skin, and leaves you with a beautiful glow in the morning.

Uplifting Blend with 500 MG CBD

Our unique blend helps to relieve aches and pains, discomfort, inflammation and elevate scar tissue breakup. We made this blend even more powerful, adding 500 mg CBD to it, what has been demonstrated to promote muscle relaxation, while reducing stress and inflammation.This luxurious product is accessorized with a rose quartz roller. Using the stone of love has been a beauty ritual since the ancient times, it is beautifying, healing, relieving tension, soothing anxiety, migraine and increasing self love.

Balancing Drops with 500 MG CBD

The I PEKAR Balancing Drops can be used to supplement a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as well as to support the management of various conditions. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory property, it can relieve pain, reduce depression and anxiety, improve your well-being, mood and help to achieve better sleep. We believe that skincare is healthcare, and when you balance your body on the inside, you will accomplish a balanced and glowing skin on the outside.

 

Other CBD Luxury Wellness Products

Lord Jones Old Fashioned Gumdrops

It helps to promote a calm sense of well being and it acts like a mood stabilizer. I like it, because they use simple and natural ingredients, it is great to have it on a stressful day or before you go to sleep.

Ritual Body Oil by Cordial Organics

This body oil is great to heal the skin, lift the mood, and reduce internal and external stress. A fast-absorbing blend of rich oils combined with supercritical CBD and uplifting essential oils – regenerative, anti-inflammatory, bordering on euphoric. It can be used on the body or massaged into the scalp.

 

Beboe Calming Blend CBD Vaporizer Pen

Made from all-natural hemp plants, Beboe’s Calming Blend CBD Pen can help relieve stress, relieve pain, and even reduce inflammation without any of the psychoactive effects of THC. Keeping you cool, calm, and collected, Calming Blend is the perfect way to unclench the mind and stay even.

CBD Infused Lip and Skin Balm by Vertly

This is one of my favorite lip care products. Vertly’s infused balm is deliciously moisturizing, healing, protective and plant-based. It contains hemp-derived CBD, which is packed with vitamins, omegas and essential fatty acids.

CBD Bath Bomb by Life Elements

I believe that taking a warm bath time to time can be extremely helpful to get rid of the daily stress and relax the body and mind. Everybody should have some me-time at least once a week, that includes an at least 15-20 minutes soak. I love using this CBD bath bomb, because it helps to relax my muscles, wash aways aches and pains and soften my skin.

 

 

Blackbarn at Chelsea Market Celebrates One Year of Inimitable Style

 

 

Few design brands have cultivated such a singular and recognizable aesthetic as has New York’s Blackbarn. Founded by Mark Zeff (whose MARKZEFF is one of the country’s most respected interior design concerns) along with his wife Kristen, they draw inspiration from the East End farmhouses of the Hamptons to the industrial style lofts of Manhattan – and quite a lot in between.

This time last year, the new Blackbarn shop/cafe/bar opened in Chelsea Market to much fanfare. Indeed, it represented something singularly unique (though it nevertheless feels very much in harmony with the market’s overall vision), from the eclectic mix of home decor items, to stylish tabletop settings, to their own branded personal care line, and even temporary exhibitions of notable artists such as Christopher Tennant. To be sure, everything seems to forward not just an inimitable sense of style, but rather presents a veritable lifestyle in a shop – right down to choosing “conscious” products.

“I would call our aesthetic unique/eclectic,” says Kristen Zeff. “While we have a large selection of international goods, we also have a growing collection of American-made items. Additionally, we have an increasing number of fair trade and ‘gifts for good’ items that support artisan communities and charitable causes.”

 

 

That lifestyle extends to the (of course) smartly designed cafe and bar at the back of the shop, which has become one of Chelsea’s most popular meeting points for shoppers, visitors and the local cognoscenti. Venerable chef John Doherty (formerly of the Waldorf Astoria) serves up new takes curried cauliflower steak, lobster risotto, and chicken milanese in a stylish, light-flooded space.

But perhaps most exciting is the opening of a sexy new lounge area at Blackbarn, bearing the brand’s aesthetic signature, and featuring sets by carefully selected local DJ talent.

“The lounge is like being in a chic home,” Mark Zeff explains, “collectibles and art as well as found items. The furniture is custom designed as well as vintage, giving the space a calm and comfortable aesthetic.”

 

 

There’s a new gardening section in the shop as well, acknowledging the steady rise of the urban gardener culture. And up next? Expect a new coffee-related partnership with Kobricks, and a new chocolate line with Cioccolada.

“We are also working with a small family owned candle factory on three more scents,” enthuses Mark. “We have created some hits in this area and hope to find more!”

So was there a particular highlight from the past year?

Mark recalls, “We went to Spain and Portugal in a search of family owned factories to collaborate with. What a treat it was to meet owners and work with them to develop product including glass, crockery, linens and toweling.”

 

 

 

Gentle Fendi Eyewear Collection is Launched with a Totally Surrealist Campaign

 

 

Fashion collaborations are simply abounding these days; but when two of our favorite brands come together to create something unpredictably grand and groovy…well, it’s definitely still news. And to be sure, iconic fashion house Fendi has just teamed up with super hip South Korean eyewear creator Gentle Monster, to bring to life a capsule collection of impossibly cool limited edition sunglasses.

The Gentle Fendi collection is introduced via a campaign with a surreal, Dali-esque video directed by Russian artist collective AES+F. It features models wearing the limited-edition eyewear as they playfully cavort with alien-like geometric forms. (Is it possible this is what the world looks like through Gentle Fendi glasses?)

 

 

The striking collection includes two unisex eyewear styles which are each available in three colorways. Gentle Fendi No. 1 is an avant-garde take on the classic cat’s eye frame in black, blue, and pink with the Fendi logo prominently displayed on the tips of the lenses. Gentle Fendi No. 2 is a universally flattering oversized aviator shape in khaki, orange, and yellow with the distinctive Fendi logo visible on the temples.

For our part, we’re still having a hard time deciding.

Gentle Fendi debuts May 7th, and is available in select Fendi and Gentle Monster boutiques worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Kit Kemp Launches Exclusive Collaboration w/ Bergdorf Goodman

 

Few interior designers can legitimately claim an utterly unmistakable signature. Jacques Garcia is one; Kelly Wearstler is certainly another. But Kit Kemp goes them all one further – having arguably created an immersive world all of her own making, something of an “Alice’s Wonderland” for unconventional but uniquely cultivated aesthetes.

Now that style is on full glorious display at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, as the exalted luxury retailer has granted the iconoclastic British designer a trilogy of rooms to write a new chapter in her inimitable stylistic story. Kemp is known, of course, for her daring textile juxtapositions (especially in her and husband Tim Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels in London and NYC), which blend English eccentricity with a uniquely feminine elegance – though certainly urbane gents love just as much.

 

 

Central to the new partnership is the launch of a new Wedgwood fine bone china collection, romantically titled Sailor’s Farewell – drawing inspiration from a folkloric tale of a lover waving goodbye to her sea-bound beau. Less obviously dramatic but certainly no less eye-catching will be displays of sofas, chairs, cushions, rugs and blankets sporting fabrics from her recent collection with Brit interior designer Andrew Martin – as well as collectable art and special one-off found items.

“With Bergdorf, it is an opportunity to have all my collaborations and designs in one place under one roof,” Kemp enthuses. “It is the first time I have had the chance to do this, especially in such an iconic place.”

It’s also most serendipitously timed with the release of her latest book Design Thread, published last month via Hardie Grant.

Kit Kemp’s shop at Bergdorf Goodman will be open through August 12; for full effect, book a room or at least an afternoon tea after shopping at Firmdale’s Whitby Hotel, just around the corner.

 

New Book ‘Red Lipstick’ Gorgeously Traces the History of Beauty’s Most Indispensable Item

Illustration for the French beauty brand Payot, 1951. © 2018 René Gruau: www.gruaucollection.com

 

Author and journalist Rachel Felder has long had a love affair with red lipstick. And her latest book is evidence of her devotion to, and fascination with that classic, perfect pout.

She reveals, “I’ve been wearing red lipstick every single day for decades, and writing about makeup for many years as well. I felt the subject would resonate deeply with many women, perhaps for different reasons, because of those intense associations.”

Luxuriously wrapped in a matte gold-toned cover, Red Lipstick (released April 9, via Harper Collins) is filled with show-stopping imagery. Packed with a museum’s worth of fine art, including both Man Ray’s photograph of Red Badge of Courage and Chagall’s Les Amoreux. Lush, rarely seen vintage magazine ads from beauty biggies Guerlain and Elizabeth Arden mingle with a gorgeous array of illustrations and paintings by renowned artists including Francesco Clemente, Alex Katz, Maira Kalman, Bill Donovan, Edgar Degas and Wayne Thiebaud.

A promotional photograph of Elizabeth Taylor in the 1950s. She’s wearing a fur stole that was typical of the period and, of course, red lipstick. Everett Collection. 

With fascinating insights into the uses and cultural history of lipstick, Felder makes an astute case for the “one item most women can’t live without.”

“Every woman has a relationship with red lipstick,” she insists. “For some, it’s associated with a relative – like, say, the aunt who always wore it, perfectly applied. Others think about it for special occasions, whether they’re nights out in black tie or important meetings at the office. And then there are those who say ‘I can’t wear red lipstick,’ which I believe simply isn’t true: everyone can wear red lipstick, it’s just about finding the right one.”

Power and beauty factor heavily into Felder’s exploration, as she excavates the origins and history of red lipstick. Illuminating its association with movie stars, aristocracy, sex appeal, illicit sexuality, rebellion, glamour and fame, she never loses sight of the woman herself.

Bil Donovan, Dotty Girl (watercolor and ink), 2007 © Bil Donovan / Illustration Division.

 

She enthuses, “Women love red lipstick because it’s simultaneously polished and bold, and both classic and cutting-edge modern. I love it for those reasons and also because, after wearing only red lipstick for so many years, it makes me ‘myself.’  It’s the ultimate finishing touch to face the outside world, and makes you look made up even if it’s the only beauty item on your face.”

Granted unprecedented access to experts and the archives of revered brands like Chanel and Dior, there’s lots of juicy tidbits within the pages of Red Lipstick. Little known fun facts, quotes and anecdotes, and a striking 100 plus images. Felder’s expert curation – which we’ve come to expect from the Insider London and Insider Brooklyn writer – make her musings even richer. She also spotlights a fascinating array of women who’ve worn red lipstick through the ages: think, suffragettes (yes, even those early feminists wore it), monarchs, flappers, geishas, Hollywood sirens, rockstars, working women during World War II, politicians…we could go on.

It’s an irresistible little (in size not stature) book, a must-have for any fashionista or fan of beauty’s cultural history. As Ms. Felder puts it, “When I wear red lipstick I feel stronger, more confident, and ultimately, more beautiful. It makes me feel like I can conquer anything the day brings my way.”

Catwoman represents a different type of powerful woman: one that uses sensuality as one of her weapons. Here, Michelle Pfeiffer plays the part in Batman Returns (1992). © Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection. 

Milan Design Week: ME Il Duca Unveils Zaha Hadid Tribute Exhibition

Image by Adam Holicska

 

Perhaps the most renowned architect of her generation, Zaha Hadid left this world suddenly in March of 2016, suffering a serious heart attack at just 65 years of age.

As her influence very much carries on, this year’s Milan Design Week (April 9 – 14) finds the ME Milan Il Duca hotel organizing a tribute exhibition to the late “Queen of the Curve.” Working in cooperation with her firm Zaha Hadid Design, they have curated select design pieces from her illustrious career, whose high-profile manufacturers have included the estimable likes of B&B Italia, Cassina ZH, Royal Thai, Citco, Lalique, and her own ZHD Collection.

 

 

“The strength of the collection lies in our ability to interpret the ordinary into something unexpected,” enlightens ZHD Director Woody Yao. “When designing objects, Zaha was never constrained by any given use or spatial context. We continue to follow and draw strength from this approach so that the collection has room to evolve without compromising the integrity of the design.”

The exceedingly stylish ME Milan Il Duca itself is one of the most buzzed about of a new generation of hotel’s in Italy’s fashion capital, and is appropriately located in the Piazza Della Repubblica, just north of Brera, the city’s venerable design district. The exhibit will be on show at the hotel through April 30.

 

Images by Luke Hayes (top) and Fabrizio Bergamo (middle); Bottom image, the ME Milan Il Duca

 

BlackBook Exclusive: A Très Romantique ‘Oddities’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Above image: arrangement by Wicked Florist
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It’s often forgotten amidst the avalanche of bright red and expensive gold that has come to characterize Valentine’s Day – but throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the words “romantic” and “gothic” were literarily intertwined. The worlds depicted in those stories were the antithesis of dull pragmatism and mercenary pursuits, and were often characterized by the rush of fear and danger. Shelley, Byron, Poe…and of course, the apotheosis, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

With that in mind, BlackBook has once again enlisted that renowned impresario of all things mystical and macabre, Ryan Matthew Cohn for our très romantique 2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Should you require edification, RMC was the star of the fantastical Discovery Channel show Oddities, and is currently the co-founder, with his wife Regina, of the Oddities Flea Market Curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn. He is also the co-owner and curator of Brooklyn’s iconoclastic House Of Wax bar.

(N.B. – There will be a Brooklyn Oddities Flea Market at Brooklyn Bazaar April 6-7, and a Los Angeles Oddities Flea Market at The Globe Theatre May 18-19.)

The BlackBook Oddities Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

 

Wicked Florist

Flower shop specializing in morbid arrangements (top image). Obviously, skulls and black roses are involved.

Scientific Woman

If you’re hoping to convey how much you love someone in a uniquely “heart”-felt way, how about an actual anatomical heart?! Scientific Woman features art that will make anyone’s ticker skip a beat. Flesh is coupled with scientific artistry to create a stunningly unusual taxidermy gift. Each mount is quality crafted to stand the test of time…just like your love.

 

Image by Glenn Jones, @ikona_photography

Vegan Treats

If you are like me, you are sick to death of happy looking hearts, boring blue boxes of jewelry and tired looking Cupid iconography. So consider some chocolate severed body parts by Vegan Treats. The “Fatally Yours Chocolate Box” is a custom designed heart shaped box by Cecilia Granata, featuring 18 pieces of handmade vegan chocolates with gold leaf, including gems like: White Chocolate Fingers, Swiss Chocolate Stomachs Filled with Peanut Butter Cup, and Vanilla Bean Caramel Filled Ears.

This Shit Blinks

I only have eyes for you…doll eyes! Brooklyn based jewelry designer KT Ferris creates an eclectic, wide array of eyeball related jewelry, using real antique dolls’ eyes as components.

MM Fabrications

Every queen deserves a crown. Make a true statement while wearing one of these hand-made dark & deviant head-pieces made by MM Fabrications from Los Angeles. You can become a cross between Baphomet and Snow White’s worst nightmare!

 

Gotham Taxidermy

Nothing screams “I love you” more than a preserved specimen in a glass dome. Check out the genuine “orb-weaving” spiders delicately climbing the stem of a real, preserved rose, adorned with antique brass filigree. These arrangements (sustainably sourced and professionally preserved) are mounted beautifully in a Victorian glass display dome. Your significant other will either kiss you with excitement or run for the hills screaming in horror! (Obviously not recommended for lovers suffering from arachnophobia.)