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Too pedestrian for you, though? Now you can carry around -- or keep at home or at your desk in a pump-style -- and show off to your friends, your designer hand sanitizer. Sure, it's still cheap (only $5 for 2 oz., and $13 for 9.3 oz. w/pump), but it's Ed Hardy Habit, and it comes in a jazzed-up bottle and has a coconut-bergamot scent. Also available: sanitizing pens and foaming hand sanitizer. Made by Habitual Solutions. And so popular it's on backorder as I write this. Guess I'm the one who needs to get with it.
The Christian Audigier style has grown so pervasive with the Ashton Kutcher set that it's long since leapt off of t-shirts and is attaching itself to everything else. French wine is one example, but the fashion designer behind such labels as Ed Hardy and Von Dutch has been eagerly making his mark, one way or another, on automobiles. First there was the Ed Hardy edition Smart car, then came the Chrisitian Audigier edition Lamborghini Murcielago, followed by the Ducati Monster we brought you recently and a custom Mercedes CL63 AMG too. And now another addition to the Audigier automotive design portfolio has emerged in the form of a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Making Lapo Elkann's ride seem reserved by comparisson, this unique Ferrari is decked out in more tattoo art than a biker rally, and goes to show that if you have the money, Audigier will be glad to "improve" your car for you.
Apparently Audigier isn't quite done messing up otherwise beautiful Italian exotica, and has this time turned his attention to the Ducati Monster. Created in conjunction with motorbike customizers Rever Corsa, the Christian Audigier edition Ducati Monster 1100 comes decked out in airbrushed and vinyl-decal half-dragon tiger laid over a particularly garish red and gold paintjob. The whole thing screams wretched excess, but at $55,000, whoever buys one of these is probably looking for exactly that effect.
But the strangest rumor comes from TMZ. Their sources say that Audigier will be leasing the Holmby Hills mansion where Michael Jackson was living from Ed Hardy CEO Hubert Guez, who owns the estate. Jackson was renting the seven-bedroom home for $100,000 a month while he prepared for his London shows. Audigier plans to do business from the home and will move his company in to the estate by the end of the year.
Audigier was in London last night for the launch of his new Champagne, the latest addition to his line of wines. Decanter reports that cases of the Champagne wine were stolen from London's MoVida nightclub jours before they were to set to be poured and so still wines were served instead.
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There are some rather flashy wines out there but perhaps none showier than the ones from Christian Audigier, he of the Ed Hardy brand and his own fashion label. Audigier is a brand obsessive. This is a man with his logo tattooed across his back. And the Audigier and Ed Hardy style is instantly recognizable and provokes an immediate reaction even if that reaction is less than positive. But what's surprising is that, at least according to the LA Times's Dan Neil, Audigier's wines aren't half bad.
The wine is bottled in France by the Castel Group and imported by Nicolas Wines in Connecticut and there are two price points: the Ed Hardy label goes for $10, and the Christian Audigier label is $20. And if your first reaction is "I wouldn't be caught dead drinking that" that's just fine. This wine isn't for those accustomed to perusing the aisles with a copy of Wine Spectator in their hands, it's designed to attract new drinkers and to show that wine can be playful. These days the French wine industry could use a little help and if there's anything that Christian Audigier seems to know about it's mass appeal. His website for the wines has the url www.thecoolwine.com and bears the tagline "it's not just a wine, it's a lifestyle." The wine also has its own MySpace page. The wine doesn't tout its French origin (the wine website makes no mention of it) but at least it is getting French wine into new hands.
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If like me, you are on the waiting list for a Smart Car you might want to check out this custom design. The Limited Edition Ed Hardy Smart Cars were recently unveiled at the "When I Move You Move" lifestyle trade show in Las Vegas.
The cars come only in white or black and are custom-built upgrades to a standard Smart Car that are autographed and numbered by designer, Christian Audigier. Each car has a seven layer Ed Hardy tattoo inspired satin paint scheme, leather seats with tattoo embroidered suede inserts, integrated Bluetooth and navigation systems, twelve piece interior accents finished in piano black gloss and a specialized Ed Hardy Kenwood 6.1" touch screen AM/FM/CD/DVD player. Exterior upgrades include Ed Hardy edition badging, satin black multi-spoke wheels with the Ed Hardy "Tiger" center hub cap and a chrome dual tip exhaust system providing a 6hp and 14ft lbs. torque performance increase, designed by Doug Thorley Headers. Sounds nice if a bit garish but the Limited Edition Ed Hardy Smart Car upgrade package retails for $22,765 + tax and does not include the price of the car. In fact, the Smart Car itself is cheaper than the upgrade package.