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Japanese fashion designer who established his own line in 1970. His approach to fashion is often described as "technology-driven" and streamlined; according to the New York Times,

With the help of a studio that includes talented fabric designers, he has made some of the most radical clothing of his time -- if it is not ahead of his time -- introducing synthetic materials and initiating or perfecting new techniques: most notably, his signature pleating and wrinkling processes.1

In 2000, designer Naoki Takizawa took over responsibility for the ready-to-wear line; in 2006 he was replaced by Dai Fujiwara.

Fragrances were introduced in 1992 with L'Eau d'Issey, a huge seller despite a brief that reportedly called for the fragrance to smell like water, and despite the fact that Miyake was not a household name at the time. Subsequent releases include L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme (1994) and Le Feu d'Issey (1998). See also review for L'Eau Bleue d'Issey Pour Homme.

Fragrances are produced under arrangements with Beaute Prestige International, a division of Shiseido.

Recent fragrances from Issey Miyake

Recent releases include...

2006: L'Eau Bleue d'Issey Eau Fraiche, summer editions of L'Eau d'Issey 2006

2007: L’Eau d’Issey Une Goutte sur un Pétale, L'Eau d'Issey Summer 2007, L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Intense

2008: L'Eau d'Issey Summer 2008, L'Eau d'Issey Reflets d'une Goutte

2009: L'Eau d'Issey Une Goutte de Nuage, summer editions of L'Eau d'Issey 2009, a scent by issey miyake

2010: L'Eau d'Issey Fleur de Bois, summer editions of L'Eau d'Issey 2010, A Scent by Issey Miyake Eau de Parfum Florale, L’Eau d’Issey Noir Absolu & L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Noir Absolu

2011: L’Eau d’Issey Florale, A Scent by Issey Miyake Soleil de Néroli, L'Eau d'Issey Summer 2011, L'Eau d'Issey Or Absolu / Gold Absolute.

2012: L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Sport, L'Eau d'Issey Summer 2012, Pleats Please, Pleats Please L'Elixir

2013: L'Eau d'Issey Absolue, L'Eau d'Issey Summer 2013

2014: L’Eau d’Issey Lotus & L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Yuzu, Pleats Please L'Eau, L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Sport Mint, L'Eau d'Issey Summer 2014, Nuit d'Issey

2015: L'Eau d'Issey City Blossom, L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Expeditions, L'Eau d'Issey Summer 2015, Pleats Please in Bloom

2016: L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Fraîche, L'Eau d'Issey Pure, L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Noir Ambré

Where to buy

The Issey Miyake fragrance line can be found at major department stores or online discounters.


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Further reading

See all articles on Now Smell This tagged Issey Miyake.

Read A Flash of Memory (an op-ed piece by Miyake, about nuclear weapons) at The New York Times.


1. From DESIGN REVIEW; Inventive Garments Designed to Go With the Flow, 11/26/1999.

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