When you live in a concrete jungle like Dubai – where the streets are crowded with mammoth structures and manmade wonders – it’s almost impossible to stop yourself from drowning in the urban hustle. Even as we navigate the hyperactive city, if you pause and listen closely, you would be happily surprised to find nature trying to communicate with you. Whether it is the birds that chirp on cue as the sun rises or the rhythmic crashing of the waves, nature has the most poetic way of conversing with us. If only we had the time to pause, stare, and marvel at nature’s beauty.
In an attempt to develop a unique bond with nature, Issey Miyake – with its new fragrance ‘A Drop d’Issey’ – invites us on a journey to discover the world from a fresh perspective. Inspired by a single drop of water, the Issey Miyake ‘A Drop d’Issey’ comes nearly 30 years after the brand launched its signature ‘L’Eau d’Issey’ fragrance. Much like a tiny drop of water that holds the power to run, flatten, bounce, reflect, and even smudge your perceptions (when looking through it), ‘A Drop d’Issey’s’ enchanting blend urges you to embark on a journey to discover the beauty and poetry hidden in nature.
Nature is at the heart of Issey Miyake’s work and the latest fragrance is no exception. But, how do you dream up the scent of a drop of water? Expert perfumer Ane Ayo imagines a silent, unyielding flower, Lilac, at the center of Miyake’s new scent. For the uninitiated, silent flowers are those that refuse to yield their scent via traditional extraction methods. Designed to explore the beauty of uncatchable flowers, Ayo imitates the scent of the Lilac flower by blending natural and synthetic ingredients.
Recalling her inspiration for ‘A Drop d’Issey,’ Ayo said, “I wanted to reveal that which is invisible to the naked eye, to craft every detail of the fragrance, as if to conceal surprises at its heart.”
For the first time in the Issey Miyake’s fragrance history, the brand creates an illusion of nature by synthetically reconstituting a silent flower. With Lilac at its heart, Ayo’s olfactory composition features Almond Milk as the top note, Orange Blossom, Rose, a hint of Star Anise, and Jasmine as the middle notes, and Musk and Ambrox as the base notes.
The glass bottle that houses the Issey Miyake ‘A Drop d’Issey’ perfume is itself designed to imitate the shape of a drop of water. When laid out flat, the transparent bottle acts like a magnifying glass enlarging and distorting the reality on the other side of the glass, thus embodying the idea behind the fragrance.