It seems only tting fashion designer Issey Miyake, a native of an island nation, would handpick water as the central theme for his fragrances. But, much like the dazzling, complex pleats of his Pleats Please collections, the world of Miyake is beautifully layered.
Born in 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan, Miyake famously survived the atomic bomb in 1945, but lost most of his family to the attack. As a child, the designer was in uenced by the transient and fragile beauty of his surroundings—snow falling on roofs, sh darting in ponds and the scent of cherry trees in bloom. Miyake studied graphic design at Tokyo's Tama Art University and, in 1965, moved to Paris to enroll in the esteemed dressmaking and tailoring school École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. After his formal schooling, Miyake sharpened his skills working with myriad fashion legends, including Hubert de Givenchy and Guy Laroche in Paris, and Geo rey Beene in Manhattan. Soon, Miyake Design Studio was born, and the designer's aesthetic—which captures a symphonic blend of East and West, his Japanese roots and modern nomadic lifestyle, ancient handcrafts and technology, and tradition and avantgarde—was formed.
In 1992, Miyake, in collaboration with renowned perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, applied his key design principals of harmony and purity for a debut fragrance, L'Eau d'Issey, which quickly became an international hit. The name is a play on words (pronounced en français, it sounds like “odyssey”). Inspired by water, the groundbreaking scent pioneered a wave of oceanic perfumes, including Miyake's own men's cologne, L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme, two years later.
L'Eau d'Issey is an aquatic floral scent with transparent top notes of rose water and cyclamen. Middle Notes of peony, white lily and carnation reveal base notes of musk, Osmanthus and precious woods.
L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme eau de toilette, 4.2 fl. oz. for $92