By Kilian Asian Tales 5 new fragrances inspired by China
Hot on the heels of the latest release, Amber Oud, Kilian Hennesy of the niche, luxe perfume brand By Kilian is announcing a new collection of fragrances: Asian Tales by Kilian. The new fragrances line is a concept of five fragrant editions that will recount the chinese tradition and pay homage to this great culture.
The first installment called Water Caligraphy, is set to launch officially in 2012, and pays homage to the calligraphy arts of the Far East. The perfumer behind Water Calligraphy and Bamboo Harmony is Calice Becker, who created the majority of By Kilian perfumes.
WATER CALLIGRAPHY MAIN NOTES:
sparkling grapefruit zest, cherry blossom, delicate water lily
majestic magnolia, jasmine sambac
cardamom and vetiver
BAMBOO HARMONY MAIN NOTES:
bright notes of bergamot, neroli and orange bigarade
white tea leaves, mimosa, illumineted by a touch of spice
rare essence of mate, woven sensual fig leaves and oak moss
The rest of the collection will comprise:
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (2012), The Peony Pavillion (2013), The Peach Flowers Water Source (2014), and The Lotus Flower and the King Dragon (2015).
The new line, Asian Tales by Kilian, was originally conceived as an olfactory journey. But soon the hidden meanings of symbols and words caught on a more spiritual path. Therefore more than a cultural journey, Asian Tales is an invitation to pay tribute to the spiritual tradition in China's illustrious past.
Side by side with his L'Oeuvre Noire collection, now L'Oeuvre Rouge!
Red is the color of luck and good fortune in China, associated with official ceremonies and nobility. Therefore Kilian Hennesy carefully chose to use red as a token of respect and consistency with Chinese culture. Currency is also considered an amulet in China, therefore coins are traditionally tied to a red ribbon as an invitation to prosperity. Therefore the Asian Tales collection is comprised of the familiar black lacquer wooden boxes which are now lined in red satin, juxtaposing these two powerful shades of opposites. The "key" in the boxes now takes the form of a coin, in polished silver, also tied to a red ribbon and bow, to bring good luck to those who will wear the fragrances. The feeling you get upon opening the box is one of a "precious jewel" being revealed.
Last but not least, the medal/coin that accompanies the bottle is engraved with the lucky number 8 (bearer of prosperity and happiness and a mystical nod to the cosmos, due to its perfectly symmetrical shape that represents infinity and perfect balance). This is put side by side with the letter K, the logo of the By Kilian brand.
1.7 oz Natural Spray Water Calligraphy and Bamboo Harmony will retail for 175 € from March 2012.
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Thinking of the inspiration, I would expect By Kilian to go light and airy with these. But looking at the notes again, I see some heavy hitters there; jasmin, magnolia, cardamom and even oak moss, so who knows. Bamboo Harmony sounds most promising, I hope it turns out to be an unsweet, greenish tea scent.
well, hmmm, ohhhh....
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Just know I will love all five........but bring on the *bamboo harmony* ASAP!
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Apparently Kilian Hennesy is reading my mind because I've been wondering how China might be represented in perfumery. My interest is piqued...
Pretty long wait for the King Dragon, eh? I suppose Ms Becker wants to make sure she has a steady job over the next few years. Wonder how the red packaging will look like though...
There's a picture on fragrantica.
Not 'my' house... ah yes, it's 3.50 Euros per ml we are talking about. Sounds like EdTs? :P
Hmm, I don't understand the logic. 2012 is the year of dragon and they wait another 3 years to introduce King Dragon?
I am interested in the offerings of By Kilian. Thank you for sharing.
For an Asian inspiration, Romeo d'Ameor made The Empresses of Japan (Les Imperiatrices Japonaises) Florals with incense. The Guide calls it the best in the line, as a "floral joss stick."
"white floral notes (peony, lily, ylang-ylang, heliotrope). Another breeze brings the soft and powdery notes of iris and violet…” Also has notes of freesia, melon, violet, rose, lily-of-the-valley, orris root, vetiver, teak wood, sandalwood and tonka bean."
"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
I think I'll go broke sampling these.
The Bamboo one sounds interesting - it will be interesting to see how this one is weighted with those notes.
I wonder if we'll see a decent Osmanthus turn up amongst these at some point? It's an under-explored note IMO, either pretty literal (Hermes / TDC) or apricot suede (Daim Blond) but it's capable of a lot more, and that's just going on the way it's used in cuisine . . . and there's some very interesting oud like essences in the west around Szechuan province that could be pressed into service (little pun, there, notice that?).
I just hope Kilian doesn't buy into this 'yes, but Asians like light floral notes' cliché that just won't go away.
I think Ginger will feature in the new Guerlain, BTW.
They sound very interesting.
Honestly, I think Kilian will do this right. I would be shocked if he went cliché-level subtle. And besides, I tend to think of the (arguable) preference for subtle F&F as more of a Japanese thing - if that cliché has any validity at all, as it does in sweets and fine confections, where big and bold seem to be more "gehin" (or certainly are, according to my wife).
I agree on the osmanthus - it would be nice to see more emphasis on it.
And while we're on the subject, today is a Public Holiday here and throughout China and some other Asian countries as we celebrate New Year's Day.
Happy Lunar New Year to everybody whether you are in Asia or not, wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous Year of the Dragon
Personally, I'm really looking forward to the Water Calligraphy release. Visiting my wife's uncle's calligraphy studio was one of the high points of our last trip to Japan. I would love to see what Calice Becker and Kilian do with that idea.
Is is true a lot of people this this house is over rated, I actually enjoyed a few?
They are pricey. There's no denying that. But seriously, you get what you pay for, IMO. There is polish on his stuff, and it smells nearly 100% great from beginning to end. That costs money to pull off. I love several of his frags at FBW levels, and actually have one FB in the fancy box and all.
No Saks near me but apparently these are now available as of today. Anyone living near a Saks want to swing by, test them and give us some initial reviews? Very curious about the Bamboo scent
I joined months ago and have yet to receive anything
Looking forward to trying these out ! Especially the bamboo scent ( hoping there's an aroma of bamoboo in it . ) There are not enough bamboo scents around !
Petty small minded people have no place in my life.
Indeed the first two are available at sacks but no uk shipping alas ... And we are still waiting for sweet redemption here too
I'm waiting for someone to get on the Roasted Duck accord.
To be honest, I suspect something nice could come of that.
Even if all it means is that you become appreciated by cats.