So far in our ‘Behind the Scents’ series we’ve given you a sneak peek into the fabulous world of Dolce & Gabanna and spilled the beans about Gucci and its vibrant history. Today, travel with us to Japan where we’re delving into the world of Issey Miyake; a world-renowned fashion designer with an eye for something special and a nose for subtle, sensual fragrances.
The origins to present day
Long before Miyake became ‘the father of Japanese fashion’, he left Tokyo after graduating to travel the style capitals of the world, including Paris and New York, developing his style and interning for some of the great designers including Givenchy, Guy Loroche and Geoffrey Beene. In the 1970s Miyake headed back to Tokyo with a head full of ideas and inspiration to set up his own label; Miyake Design Studio. Miyake went on to become one of the most influential Japanese fashion designers of modern times releasing multiple clothing lines, watches and, of course, fragrances. Today, you’re bound to stumble across an Issey Miyake store in any trend-led fashionista location such as Tokyo, Paris, New York, London, Milan and Zurich.
Issey Miyake perfume
Like many fashion designers, Miyake turned his attention to a line of fragrances. He wanted to create a fragrance that was ‘as clear as crystal water’ and in 1992 he released L’eau d’lssy. Today, this scent is as popular as it ever was in the 90s with enthusiasts calling it ‘a true masterpiece’ and ‘unique’. Now how many people can say that about their first ever scent? Miyake continued to release beautiful, well received fragrances for both men and woman and in 2007, he started to team up with ‘guest’ perfumers to release limited edition fragrances. These really weren’t around for long and if you got your hands on one, we think you’re a very lucky person!
3 things you may not know about Issey Miyake:
- Mayaki's famous L’eau d’lssy perfume bottle was designed by the man himself and was based on the view of the moon behind the Eiffel Tower from his Paris apartment.
- Miyaki became good friends with Apple’s Steve Job’s and designed the infamous black turtle neck jumper that soon became Jobs' signature look
- He is co-Director of 21 21 Design Sight; Japan’s first design museum
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