Dear readers,

I have something to tell you all. I think I’ve found the one.

Let me introduce you to Nuit d’Issey by Isset Miyake.

OK, so not THAT one, but still a pretty important one – I think I may have found my new signature fragrance. If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know I’ve been on the hunt for a new signature scent for a while now.

Due for release in September, Issey Miyake’s latest eau de toilette is described as an ode to wood with a woody and spicy composition with a leathery nature. Dominique Ropion and Loc Dong created the scent; they were inspired by the night and it’s magnetic and hypnotic nature. The black bottle, designed by Fabien Baron, and the campaign, shot by Ryan Hopkinson, represent the fragrance’s theme perfectly with its jet black cap and etched bottle that reflects light like glimmering moonlight.

I love this scent because it houses three of my favourite notes in one bottle – bergamot, vetiver and black pepper. The composition has top notes of bergamot and grapefruit for a zesty opening, and is followed by a heart of leather accords, heightened by black pepper and vetiver. The scent dries down to a rich base of incense, patchouli and Tonka bean.

An initiatory journey under the protective and kindly shadow of the moon, which serves as a guide for the man who walks alone, absorbing the force of the nocturnal elements to gather up new energy.

At night, emotions are amplified and magnified; sensations are intensified. Landmarks are lost in an immersive dive toward the discovery of a new world.


Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.