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Comme des Garçons fragrances

Comme des Garçons ("like the boys" or "like boys") is the Tokyo-based, avant-garde fashion design house of Rei Kawakubo, who designs "clothes with a modus operandi more familiar to conceptual art than to fashion".1 The house was founded in 1969 and debuted in Europe in 1981.

"I have never really been into fragrances," said Kawakubo in 1999,2 and perhaps that attitude explains the brand's strikingly unconventional range of scents.

Their first perfume, Comme des Garçons Eau de Parfum, launched in 1994. Other fragrances include White (1996), Odeur 53 (1998), Comme des Garçons 2 (1999), Odeur 71 (2000), Comme des Garçons 3 (2002), Comme des Garçons 2 Man (2004).

The Comme des Garçons fragrance series

In addition to the above, there is a series of series, or themed sets, of fragrances, including Series 1: Leaves (Tea, Calamus, Mint, Lily, Shiso; 2000), Series 2: Red (Harisssa, Sequoia, Palisander, Carnation and Rose), Series 3: Incense (Avignon, Jaisalmer, Kyoto, Ouarzazate & Zagorsk; 2002), Series 4: Cologne (2002), Series 5: Sherbet (Rhubarb, Peppermint, Cinnamon; 2003), Series 6: Synthetic (Garage, Soda, Dry Clean, Tar and Skai), Series 7: Sweet (2005), Series 8: Energy C Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime (2008).

Recent fragrance releases from Comme des Garçons

Recent releases include Guerilla 1 and Guerilla 2 (2006), Comme des Garçons Play (2007), Luxe Patchouli & Luxe Champaca (2007), 888 (2008), Dover Street Market (2009), Wonderwood (2010), A New Perfume (2011), Red Play, Black Play & Green Play (2012), Amazingreen (2012), Black Comme des Garçons (2013), Blue Invasion Blue Encens, Blue Cedrat & Blue Santal (2013).

Fragrance collaborations

Monocle + Comme des Garçons Scent One: Hinoki, which launched in 2008, was the first in a series of collaborations with other brands and/or personalities.

Subsequent collaborative efforts included Comme des Garçons + Stephen Jones (2008), Comme des Garçons + H&M (2008), Comme des Garçons + Daphne Guinness Daphne (2009), Artek + Comme des Garçons Standard (2009), Comme des Garçons + Monocle Scent Two: Laurel (2009), Comme des Garçons + Undercover Holygrace and Holygrapie (2010), Comme des Garçons + Hussein Chalayan Airborne (2011), Comme des Garçons + Monocle Scent Three: Sugi (2013), Comme des Garçons + Stephen Jones Wisteria Hysteria (2014), Comme des Garçons + Serpentine Galleries Serpentine (2014).

Where to buy

In the US, online at Aedes, Apothia, Beautyhabit, Luckyscent or Miomia. The line can also be found at Barneys, or at one of the Comme des Garçons boutiques (there is one in Chelsea in NYC).

In the UK, try Escentual or Dover Street Market (the Dover Street Market is owned by Comme des Garçons, and see also, shopping report for Dover Street Market).

In Brussels, try Senteurs d'Ailleurs. In Canada, The Perfume Shoppe.

Further reading

See all articles on Now Smell This tagged Comme des Garçons.

Read a brief profile of Rei Kawabuko at Time Magazine.

Read Comme des Garçons builds niche perfume empire at the New York Times.

 

1. Via Rei KAWAKUBO at Interview magazine.

2. Via Women's Wear Daily, 9/20/2003.

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