Basquiat draws a crowd

Creating the new "Jean-Michel Basquiat" line, which hits London's Dover Street Market tomorrow, was not exactly a simple process. The Inoue Brothers (whom you may know as the world's leading London-based, Japanese-Danish design team) started with polos, jackets, sweats, and shirts from iconic brands like Lacoste, Wrangler, Levi's, and Pendleton. Then, they worked with photographer Nicholas Taylor to print the various pieces with atmospheric, never-before-seen photographs of the late artist. Head over to High Snob to see the complete collection.
On sale tomorrow at Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover St., London,

Tags: Art, Fashion

A few new scotches worth a try (preferably with Advil handy)

The Classic Malts Collection boasts an enviable lineup of single malts from all over Scotland, so when the company debuted 11 new limited expressions this week, we took notice. After a lot of sipping—and a full day of recovery—we've managed to single out the best of the best. (Fair warning: Three are cask-strength—hence the recovery time.)

One of our all-time favorite distilleries, Lagavulin, is launching a bold new 12-year, four years younger than its flagship quaff. We like the 16-year plenty, but the new 12 is delicious, too—smoky, oily, and, despite its younger age, very complex. From Caol Ila, a lesser-known Islay distillery, comes an uncharacteristic new 10-year. It's distilled without peat, and what remains is buttery and grassy, with undercurrents of salty caramel. The Eastern Highlands' tiny Royal Lochnagar distillery finally reaches American soil with its lovely Selected Reserve. Aged in sherry and bourbon casks and bottled at a refined 43 percent, Lochnagar is rich, fruity, and brambly, an excellent way to finish a meal. Finally, an incredibly rare 30-year from Port Ellen, Islay's renowned "ghost" distillery, is worth the hefty investment. Port Ellen closed its doors in 1983; it's selling its way through the remaining stock, but when the stuff's gone, it's gone. The 30-year—with notes of smoke, nuts, and bacon—is too good to miss. It's special-occasion scotch, one to break out at the wedding or the maternity ward. Or today at 4:59, if you like. It's your wallet.
Lagavulin 12-Year-Old, $75; Caol Ila unpeated 10-Year-Old, $60; Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve, $210; Port Ellen 30-Year-Old, $370; for more information, visit

Photo: Courtesy of Classic Malts
Tags: Drink

Uniqlo's 'tech support

Now that the days are turning brisk, your ordinary undershirt won't cut it. Head for—where else?—Uniqlo, further cementing its all-things-for-all-people status with the new Heattech line. Heattech's technical fibers actually help generate and retain warmth by absorbing body moisture—its movement generates heat. (An antibacterial agent in the fabric helps control odor, too.) We can't explain the science of it, but we can report that we've taken it for a test run and the stuff does keep you toasty, so why ask why? It's only going to get colder, and these pieces will be welcome whether you're on the subway or, as Uniqlo's ads fancifully suggest, at the chalet. Best of all, unlike most of Uniqlo's garb, you can get Heattech items online—no fighting the Jil Sander +J crowds (though, admittedly, that kind of vigorous exercise would likely keep you pretty warm, too).
Tees, turtlenecks, and long johns, $10.50 to $15.50, available at

Photo: Uniqlo
Tags: Fashion
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