As a witness and survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, Issey Miyake has been able to move beyond the death and destruction at the center of his universe as a seven-year-old boy to bring beauty to the world through his creativity . Known for his conceptual work, much of it incorporating age-old Japanese traditions and craftsmanship with current technology, Miyake found success in the fashion world. He draws his inspiration from art, architecture, and personal encounters, all the while guided by an appreciation of the human silhouette set against a natural backdrop.
The Miyake Design Studio, founded in 1970, has been a center for innovation for the designer, producing high-end women’s fashions and perfecting new techniques and innovations that are used for his creations. His education at the Tama Art University and time spent in both Paris and New York have afforded him the necessary experience and exposure to produce products that are distinctly unique, yet appealing to the masses: Issey Miyake is the designer of the signature black turtleneck worn by the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs.
With his first venture into perfume, L’Eau D’Issey, Miyake proved himself to be a master at using scents to invoke emotion. A mix of light floral notes such as peony and cyclamen overlaid on base notes of cedar and amber, L’Eau D’Issey was a success and made Issey Miyake perfume a household brand in the 1990s. Over the next 24 years, Miyake proved his longevity, creating perfumes and colognes that are flirtatious and innocent by turns, such as the exquisite and seductive L’Eau D’Issey Reflets D’Une Goutte and the refreshing L’Eau D’Issey Summer for women. His latest offering, L’Eau D’Issey Lotus, is designed to bring to mind morning dew accented with aquatic notes from lotus and white musk.
In 1994, Miyake expanded his fragrance line to Issey Miyake for men. Issey Miyake cologne for men combines the same adventurous spirit that made Issey Miyake perfume popular around the world with darker, more masculine top notes for a unique sense experience. L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme, Miyake’s flagship cologne for men, utilizes tobacco, nutmeg, and musk for a rich composition that made Issey Miyake cologne just as popular as his perfume. Issey Miyake men’s fragrance creation continues today with L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Summer 2014, a collection of tart grapefruit and kiwi with cypress base notes.