The Revolution Will Not Be Televised—But It Will Be Bottled
These days, movie stars, R&B songstresses, and pop divas are the usual inspirations for fragrance, which is why a scent surrounding anyone else is somewhat refreshing—especially if the muse in question is the Japanese Red Army’s “Black Widow,” Fusako Shigenobu. The infamous female terrorist, who was believed to be in exile in Lebanon for many years after orchestrating some of the group’s most violent political statements in the 1970′s, compelled artist Anicka Yi and architect Maggie Peng to create Shigenobu Twilight—a yuzu root, shiso leaf, and cedarwood eau that uses essences from both Shigenobu’s place of birth and her place of refuge for a unique and aromatic scent. The perfume debuted last December and has subsequently been featured in two installations, including curator Margaret Lee’s Today and Everyday at X Initiative this summer. After being picked up by United Bamboo, it’s back in the spotlight. The sculptural flacons, each of which is made from hand-cut raw cedarwood (no two are alike), are currently being featured on the clothing brand’s Web site, alongside the cat calendar we mentioned last month and the olive fishtail parka we are currently coveting. It’s quickly becoming the one-stop shopping destination for all of our gift-giving needs.