Fabric of Flavour is the ultimate proof that cocktails and couture mix like peanut butter and jelly. Johnnie Walker and Harris Tweed decided to make some magic and create something truly unique – a fabric that smells like whisky. At Antwerp’s Cafe Costume, I took a look, sip and sniff at the fancy Johnnie Walker x Harris Tweed cocktail night!
Look at this! In cooperation with Harris Tweed, Angelos Bratis designed a Johnnie Walker-inspired fabric and matching clothing line. Not only are the colors inspired on its flavours, it’s infused with the whisky so it basically smells like you’re sniffing a bottle of John all the time. How cool is that?
Whisky lovers may recognize the smell of malt, red fruits, vanilla and dark chocolate tones in the fabric. At the event I, of course, couldn’t resist giving it a sniff myself. It’s definitely not the kind of overpowering smell that makes everyone who comes closer wonder whether you’re an alcoholic or not. It’s a gentle aroma. And while scented clothing has been created before, Harris Tweed’s line is the first that has a scent that’s supposed to stay forever, even after dry cleaning. Awesome? Heck yes.
In honor of the launch, Cafe Costume in Antwerp organized a Johnnie Walker x Harris Tweed night to celebrate their ‘fabric of flavour’. I was promised a night with Johnnie Walker whisky degustations, cocktails conceptualized by Belgium’s best bartender of 2013 (Carl Van Droogenbroeck) and an official presentation of the newest collection. What I got, in fact, was much more than that. Best night I had in a while, check!
Present was Mark Hogarth, creative director for Harris Tweed. As if his cool, Scottish accent was not reason enough to like him, he told us the little history of Harris Tweed’s co-operation with Johnnie Walker, something I truly enjoyed listening to. Also present was Bent van Looy, singer of Das Pop. He’s cool too.
To keep us guests hydrated, Carl Van Droogenbroeck came up with three cocktails, each having a totally different yet enjoyable flavour. I admit I’m absolutely not a whisky expert, not in the slightest, but these mixes were delicious. My favorite was the red cocktail. It tasted really fresh and fruity!
And last but not least, I proudly present…
*Lame jokes that didn’t make the cut include something about the smelly cat song, ‘in Scotland whisky drinks you’ and me giving it my all while listening to this song. No regrets.