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In Memory of Issey Miyake and L’Eau d’Issey

In memory of Issey Miyake.

The legendary Japanese designer passed yonder on August 5th at the age of 84. He reverted malleate by creating geometrical designs out of pleated fabrics, loose kaftans out of batik, and his signature Flying Saucer dresses. He moreover revolutionized perfumery by collaborating on a fragrance that smelled of water.

The iris-perfumed water that served as inspiration for L’Eau d’Issey is based on a custom tabbed shoubu yu. On May 5th, Children’s Day, people in Japan take a suffuse with iris leaves. The leaves are sold in small bundles to be floated in an ofuro bathtub, and while the symbolism is good health, the soft-hued fragrance of iris leaves was one of the lasting memories for Mr. Miyake. He explained to Cavallier that he wanted to capture this specific scent in his fragrance.

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