Clive Christian launches Matsukita, a fragrance inspired by a princess
Luxury British brand Clive Christian Perfume is honouring its unique provenance with the Crown Collection from Clive Christian, reimagining key perfumes and reviving the perfumed past of its predecessor, the Crown Perfumery Company. Telling scented stories that echo throughout the eras, these perfumes bring to life archive and historic scents, reimagined for the modern-day perfume connoisseur.
Searching through the Crown Perfumery Company archives, Clive Christian has researched some of the most infamous scents from this revolutionary British perfume house; loved by the aristocracy, artists and actors of the Victorian era and beyond. Select perfumes will be uncovered from history, taking inspiration from a unique heritage, whilst remaining true to the Clive Christian traditions of concentration, complexity and a dedication to using the finest ingredients.
Matsukita is the latest perfume to join the collection, celebrating a prestigious perfume history spanning nearly two hundred years. A striking red jewel has been created for a regal and British finish, reflecting the perfume house’s origins. The presentation case showcases the unique history, with an archive image hidden for discovery beneath each bottle. The symbol for this new collection is none other than the delicate motif of the Crown Perfumery Company; a symbol guarded by the perfume house as a sign of excellence and perfume quality, being as it was the only house ever to have been granted permission to use Queen Victoria’s crown on its bottles – an image that defines every bottle of Clive Christian perfume to this day, as each bottle is topped with a signature crown stopper.
Matsukita is an infamous Crown Perfumery scent first created in 1892. Inspired by a fabled Japanese princess who awed the Victorian royal court with her elegance and grace, this perfume was heavily advertised with hand-painted illustrations during the late 1800s. Today, Matsukita has been reimagined to capture this illusive elegance. A fresh and invigorating top of green bergamot, pink pepper and a hint of nutmeg delves into a floral and woody heart of Chinese imperial jasmine with smoky black tea, complemented by a base of ambers, whispering musks and woods to give a warm and sensual finish. A sense of mystery and grace is captured in this unique new perfume.
Clive Christian commissioned Japanese artist Yukako Sakakura to create a signature piece using her uniquely beautiful and illustrative style, fusing modernity with a classic elegance that perfectly reflects the reimagining of this perfume. She has created a beautiful interpretation of the scent inspired by its unique notes, capturing its essence with her abstract designs. Her painting moves like the steps taken by the elegant Japanese princess who inspired the perfume with a graceful yet lively colour palette. The piece measures at one metre squared and will be framed by Clive Christian Furniture.
Matsukita by the Crown Collection from Clive Christian launches with selected partners from March 2021, and globally from April 2021, priced at £325 / $450. For further information, visit www.clivechristian.com/matsukita.