The illustrations above are related to the collaboration between Monocle and Comme des Garçons, which resulted in a series of 3 fragrances: Hinoki, Laurel and Sugi.
My idea was to interpret each perfume in terms of not only their ingredients, but also their history. The Hinoki and Sugi fragrances are connected in great measure to Japanese culture and they are both dry and woody-fresh scents as they carry notes of Japanese cypres and cedar which are popular ornamental plants in this region. The Laurel scent relates to the culture of ancient Greece and bears the dominant note of the laurel leaf.
The fragrances Hinoki and Laurel are also associated with places which inspired Comme des Garçons head perfumer, Antoine Maisondieu, to create them. The former brings a famous three-centuries-old traditional Japanese inn called Tawaraya located in Kyoto to mind. The latter, however, associates with the city of Batroun in Lebanon, which is said to be one of the oldest cities in the world.
The series was published in SEZON.