Issey Miyake Perfume for Men

Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer who is best known for his modern, technology driven clothing designs, exhibitations, perfumes and fragrances. His reputation is as a designer who would blend Eastern and Western elements in his work. Issey Miyake perfume for men is one of the more popular of the deigner’s ranges.

Where it all began

Born in Hiroshima, Japan on April 22 1938, Issey was just seven years old when he witnessed and survived the nuclear attack on his home city of Hiroshima. Avoiding being known as the designer who survived the atomic bomb Issey has rarely spoken about his experience. However, he did break that silence back in 2009 in support of President Obama’s promise to seek global nuclear disarmament. Speaking of his memories of that day, he attributed his fashion designs to his experiences that day. He is quoted in the New York Times as saying he preferred to “think of things that can be created, not destroyed, and that bring beauty and joy. I gravitated toward the field of clothing design, partly because it is a creative format that is modern and optimistic”.

Issey’s early interests were not in fashion, his childhood dream was to become a dancer. That was until he started studying his sister’s fashion magazines. He went on to study graphic design at university in Toyko and entered into fashion design competitions. Unfortunately his lack of pattern-making or sewing skills hindered his success at winning. Issey graduated in 1964 and went on to enroll in the renowned tailoring and dressmaking school Chambre sundicale de la couture parisienne school in Paris and was assigned to work as an apprentice to Guy Laroche as an assistant designer.

Miyake Design Studio

After spending time working with Hubert de Givenchy, Issey moved to New York where he enrolled in English classes and worked for Geoffrey Beene for a year before moving back to Japan and founding the Miyake Design Studio in Tokoyo which produced high-end women’s fashion items.

It was three years later that Issey showcased his own independent collection at a Paris group fashion show where he developed the layered and wrapped look that went on to become his trademark.

Before long Bloomingdales, a New York department store created an entire section to Miyake’s style. These were mostly dyed t-shirts with Japanese tattoo designs and coats featuring the sashiko technique, which is a Japanese embroidery that strengthens the fabric.

By 1980 Issey Miyake was an international name in the fashion industry, presenting his fresh and boldly coloured collections in Paris.

Perfumes and fragrances

In 1992 Issey Miyake branched out, like many fashion designers, to launch a line of perfumes, colognes and fragrances. His first fragrance was the women’s perfume L’eau d’Issey. This perfume has a light scent and was inspired by water giving it an aquatic-floral fragrance. It became an international best seller and was extremely influential and helped to increase the popularity of oceanic perfumes. Adding a personal touch to the design, the bottle was also designed by Miyake and based on the view of the moon behind the Eiffel Tower from his Paris apartment.

The first men’s fragrance L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme was released in 1994 and was followed in 2004 by L’eau Bleue d’Issey Pour Homme which evolved into L’eau Bleue d’Issey Eau Fraiche in 2006.

To keep his line fresh, every year since 2007 Issey brings in a ‘guest’ perfumer to create a popular ‘Limited Edition’ fragrances for women.

Awards and Accolades

Issey Miyake has been awarded several awards and accolades throughout his career which are listed below.

1980’s – Miyake was credited by San Francisco Chronicle’s Fashion Editor Sylviia Rubin and Babette Pinksky with ‘reinventing’ the pleat.

2005 – Praemium Imperiale Award – awarded to Miyake for outstanding achievements in the arts and sculpture.

2006 – Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy for lifetime achievement. Issey became the first fashion designer to receive the award presented by the Inamori Foundation in Japan. The prize included a diploma, a 20 carat gold medal adn 50 million yen.

2010 – Japan’s Order of Culture. The order is awarded to men and women for contributions to Japan’s art, literature, science, technology or anything related to culture in general. Recipients receive an annuity for life and the is presented by the Emperor of Japan in person on Culture Day each year.

2014 – XXIII Premio Compasso d’oro ADI for a family of lamps. This is an industrial design award which originated in Italy. The prize aims to acknowledge and promote quality in the field of industrial designs made in Italy.

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Founder: Issey Miyake
Founded: 1971
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan