BUSINESS OF FASHION

SYNERGY IN THE SHADOWS: AESOP RICK OWENS COLLABORATION — BY INDIA ESPY

RICK OWENS AND FOUNDER OF AESOP, DENNIS PAPHITIS, COLLABORATED ON A COLLECTION OF “SIMPLICITY, SERENITY, AND STOICISM” TO BE RELEASED MARCH 21. THE COLLABORATION WILL INCLUDE LIMITED EDITION CANDLES, A FRAGRANCE, AND TRAVEL KIT AVAILABLE AT SELECT LOCATIONS AND ONLINE FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS.

FOR RICK OWENS, AESOP IS A PRODUCT HE HAS HAD AT HIS HOUSE AND FACTORY IN CONCORDIA, HIS PARIS SHOWROOM, AND OTHER INTIMATE LOCATIONS FOR YEARS. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH ANOTHER MAN, HE SAID HE USED AESOP’S GERANIUM LEAF BODY SCRUB TO “HAND-WASH WINE GLASSES AT MY BEACH PLACE—NO WATER SPOTS.” SO WHEN RICK OWENS ANNOUNCED THE COLLABORATION WITH AESOP, WE KNEW TO EXPECT A MEETING OF UNCOMPROMISING MINDS.

“WRITTEN IN THE MARGINS, THOUGH OFTEN REFERENCED BY THE MAINSTREAM, THE STORIES OF AESOP AND RICK OWENS ARE ONES CHAPTERED BY DEFIANCE—OF FLEETING TRENDS, INAUTHENTIC EXPRESSIONS, AND CARELESS CREATION,” STATED THE AESOP PRESS RELEASE. “IN THIS COLLECTION, THAT STEADFASTNESS IS DISTILLED.”

AESOP, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BARNABÉ FILLION, DEVELOPED A FRAGRANCE FROM RICK OWENS’ “MOST-LOVED FORMULATIONS.” BLACK PEPPER, CORIANDER SEED, AND PATCHOULI, THE AROMA OF CORIANDER SEED BODY CLEANSER AND RESOLUTE HYDRATING BODY BALM, WERE EXPANDED WITH VETIVER AND ELEMI, AND WARM FRANKINCENSE NOTES TO FORMULATE THE FRAGRANCE. IN A CEREMONIAL APPROACH TO STOIC, A PIQUANT SCENT, RICK OWENS’ LATEST COLLECTION FEATURED FOG MACHINES AS “BRUTALIST THURIBLES” TO STEAM-DISTILL THE FRAGRANCE.

STOIC, IN THE FORM OF PARAFFIN-FREE, VEGETAL-WAXED AROMATIQUÉ CANDLES WILL BE SOLD IN 65G, 240G, AND 640G. THE THREE- OR FOUR-LEGGED, CONICAL VESSEL TO HOUSE EACH CANDLE IS IN THE DESIGN OF THE RICK OWENS HOME-OBJECTS—URNS, VESSELS, AND TABLES. AS OTHER AESOP CANDLES, THE VESSEL CAN BE REUSED AS A RECEPTACLE.

“THE VESSEL IS HAND-CAST IN WHITE PORCELAIN CERAMIC, WITH A MATTE, LIGHTLY TEXTURED SURFACE FINISH AND GLAZED INTERIOR,” STATED THE PRESS RELEASE.

CERAMIC, A POROUS MATERIAL, WILL ALLOW THE FRAGRANCE TO “PENETRATE AND HOLD” WITHIN THE PORES OF A CORD OF TEN BEADS. STOIC, IN ADDITION TO THE CANDLE, IS AVAILABLE AS A 15ML EAU DE TOILETTE OIL TO BE APPLIED DIRECTLY TO THE SKIN OR WEAR THE FRAGRANCE THROUGH THE BEADS AND USE AT HOME, FOR EXAMPLE, TO SCENT DRAWERS. STOIC EAU DE TOILETTE AND THE CORD OF BEADS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE IN THE TRAVEL KIT.

THE KIT WILL INCLUDE THE EXISTING PRODUCTS, CORIANDER SEED BODY CLEANSER (100ML), RESOLUTE HYDRATING BODY BALM (100ML), AND THE NOW DISCONTINUED CLASSIC SHAMPOO (100ML) AND CLASSIC CONDITIONER (100ML), IN A RECYCLED PAPER PULP CASE.  

“A THREADBARE FADED WHITE T-SHIRT HAS BEEN ONE OF MY MOTIFS FOR A LONG TIME—AND SOMETHING I WEAR FREQUENTLY,” RICK OWENS SAID. EACH KIT WILL BE WRAPPED IN GOTS CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON MANUFACTURED LOCAL TO THE RICK OWENS FACTORY IN CONCORDIA TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. THE COTTON T-SHIRT CAN BE WORN AS A HEADBAND OR WRIST WRAP.

“A GARLAND OF THIN COTTON JERSEY IS MY VERSION OF A LAUREL WREATH OR OF A SATIN GIFT BOW.”