Japanese master perfumery – Guerlain recently unveiled a limited edition of the iconic Mitsouko perfume bottle in collaboration with celebrated ceramic crafters- Arita Porcelain lab. Hand crafted to perfection with the use of traditional techniques, the decanter is adorned with age -old symbols of good fortune, tradition and modernity. The exclusive edition also celebrates the porcelain maker’s 400th year of ceramic history.
Composed for the very first time in the year 1919 by Jacques Guerlain, Mitsouko is aptly labelled as a masterpiece of balance. Paying tribute to the timeless existence of the fabled chypre fragrance, the new addition will witness exquisite ceramic artistry that combines Japan’s Rising Sun Flag with traditional symbols of good fortune. Further, the unique bottle reflects onto the history of the Mitsouko, whose name was borrowed from the lead female character in Claude Farrère’s novel “La Bataille” that speaks of the love affair between a British naval officer and the wife of a Japanese admiral during the Russo-Japanese War. Apart from the rising sun, the contemporary vessel embodies the paulownia to represent elegance, a plum tree to symbolize life, the peony to ward off negative energy, and the chrysanthemum that represents longevity.
The Mitsouko bottle alone is a 75ml container that comes with a refill pout on the side and a cork. The entire set will cost collectors round 380 € and is now available in Tokyo and Hong Kong. The art collaborative is also currently on display at an exhibition at the Guerlain boutique on the Champs Élysées.