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Art Inspires Miyake Fragrance Bottle

Limited edition L’Issey Miyake perfume bottles are based on a drawing by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass made in 1997.

PARIS — Parfums Issey Miyake has created 2,000 fragrance bottles whose design was inspired by a drawing Ettore Sottsass made in 1997.

This story first appeared in the October 12, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Miyake himself had asked the Italian designer to create a flaçon for the brand — which is part of Shiseido’s Beauté Prestige International — but the dream could not become reality due to technical difficulties. Then, Sottsass passed away in December 2007. In homage to him and in keeping with his original design, the limited edition L’Issey Miyake bottles are made primarily of handblown glass.

Only a few sales points will sell the flaçons. In France, for instance, 50 pieces will be carried starting on Oct. 15 in Galeries Lafayette’s flagship in Paris and Issey Miyake’s store on the city’s Rue Royale. Each 100-ml. eau de parfum bottle will retail for approximately 300 euros, or $436.40 at current exchange.