Sitting at a seaside restaurant on the island of Mykonos, Effie Panagopoulos was struck with inspiration. “Everyone around me was doing shots of Mastiha. That was my eureka moment,” she says. Ten years later, the entrepreneur—the first Greek woman to launch her own spirit brand—can boast the hot spots where her premium Mastiha liqueur, Kleos (drinkkleos.com), is poured: The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square and backbar in Union Square, among others.
Earlier this year I had a buttondown shirt made for me at a Sid Mashburn trunk show in Boston. Pleased with its quality, I reached out to the Mashburn team for details about their shirt offerings, both MTO and ready-to-wear. I received the answers I was looking for (it’s an unfused collar with 3¼” points), but also gained the opportunity to pepper Sid with questions over the phone, leading to a freewheeling discussion touching on the hunt for the perfect collar roll, tie-dye, and Sid’s own relationship to the Ivy League Look. Read More
While attending Thirst Boston this past April, we had the chance to join an intimate conversation on the origins and history of rum punch, delivered by Jim Meehan and Brother Cleve at Boston cocktail bar, Drink. Afterward, we spoke to the PDT-founder, Banks Rum co-founder, and Meehan’s Bartender Manual author about his next book, why he’s betting on punch, and if the clock can ever be turned back on the cocktail renaissance. Read More
We had the chance to speak with Dante Creative Director Naren Young on the eve of the New York City bar’s new Martini Hour menu launch. The Martini Hour is the latest initiative from the historic bar, which currently occupies the #9 position on the World’s 50 Best Bars List and has earned wide-ranging acclaim for its Negroni Sessions menu. We picked Young’s brain on “owning” the Negroni, the state of the Martini, and how he makes his at home. Read More
Welcome to Client Q&A, where we quiz real-life wearers of Blank Label on clothing, what draws them to custom, and whatever else might pop into our heads. Read More
Field Yates is an NFL reporter and co-host of the Fantasy Focus Football podcast: he’s also a Blank Label client and knows a thing or two about style. We spoke to Yates about dressing for TV versus real life, how he discovered custom, and (naturally) who he thinks is the best-dressed player in the league. Read More
Pete Thuli and Taylor Bucher are the couple behind Always the Road, a blog and Instagram where they document their #VanLife, a popular lifestyle trend. After converting a 2004 Dodge Sprinter into a home on wheels, the two set off in December, 2016 from Land’s End’s hometown of Dodgeville, Wisconsin to explore the country. In that time they’ve amassed over 35,000 Instagram followers, published an e-book on van conversion, released an acoustic album and seen a whole lot of adventure. Read More
WhistlePig Master Distiller Dave Pickerell is a storyteller, and on the morning of April 30th, Pickerell is in full storytelling mode. The occasion is a seminar at Thirst, the annual gathering of cocktail enthusiasts and professionals in Boston, dubbed “FarmStock: The Quest for Whiskey’s Triple Terroir.” Read More
Ketel One is an anagram?
That’s just one of the things we learned while sitting down with Carl Nolet Jr. over Bloody Marys at last month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Nolet Spirits, which produces Ketel One Vodka, traces its origins back to 1691: Carl represents the 11th generation of Nolets to work in the family business. Read More