French-Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons is releasing a new scent for the BLACK diffusion line.
The BLACK Commes des Garçons brand was born in 2009 at the nadir of the global financial crisis, as an attempt to inspire a little ironic cheer and counter some of what the brand calls the “general negativity engendered by the recession.”
This year the company, headed by designer Rei Kawakubo, is launching its BLACK eau de toilette, “an emergency, guerrillalike, spiced-up new scent.”
The scent opens with Madagascan black pepper and Somali incense, while the heart is composed of leather, liquorice, birch tar, and pepperwood. All of this plays out over a base of cedarwood and vetiver.
Comme des Garçons has created a matte black and white graphic design, screen-printed directly onto the glass bottle.
Available exclusively at the brand’s BLACK stores in New York, Paris and Berlin between April 2 and 15, the fragrance will be launched internationally on April 16 at all Comme des Garçons boutiques and other locations.