Rei Kawakubo’s favourite tree inspires new Comme des Garçons perfume

Comme des Garçons new perfume with black and white dots on bottle design
Rei Kawakubo’s favourite tree inspires Comme des Garçons' new scent, codenamed Dot
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Though there are more than 75 perfumes under the Comme des Garçons brand, their latest release, codenamed Dot, is only the fifth to have been developed and launched in-house rather than under licence to the Spanish perfume giant Puig. Dot is inspired by one of Rei Kawakubo’s favourite scents: the fragrance of Japanese osmanthus, a small evergreen tree whose small white flowers have a wonderful peach-like scent. 

It was created by Lucas Sieuzac, until recently the senior perfumer at the German flavour and fragrance company Symrise, who has used osmanthus absolute to recreate the smell of the flowers, with green notes and ambery woods to reference the leaves and bark of the tree, and touches of bitter orange, pepper and incense-like olibanum as well. 

Dot is a light, attractive, sweet and fruity scent, which comes in an intentionally shelf-unfriendly black glass bottle which neither stands nor sits, decorated with Kawakubo’s signature polka dots. 

Polka dot designs for perfume bottle in black, white and red

Dot is a light, attractive, sweet and fruity scent, which comes in an intentionally shelf-unfriendly black glass bottle which neither stands nor sits

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Two polka dot designs for perfume bottle in black, red and white

Kawakubo’s signature polka dots adorn the bottle and packaging

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Perfume bottle designs in black and white polka dots

Though there are more than 75 perfumes under the Comme des Garçons brand, Dot is only the fifth to have been developed and launched in-house

(Image credit: TBC)

Two perfume bottle designs, red ladybirds and black polka dots to left, different sized black polka dots to right

Dot was inspired by one of Rei Kawakubo’s favourite scents: the fragrance of Japanese osmanthus, a small evergreen tree whose small white flowers have a wonderful peach-like scent

(Image credit: TBC)

INFORMATION

Comme des Garçons Dot, 100ml for $130 / £85 / €105, from Liberty London and Dover Street Market New York, London, Tokyo and Beijing. For more information, visit the website (opens in new tab)