Joya’s New Division
New York’s Joya has already established itself as a formidable player in the home-fragrance field. Its founder, Frederick Bouchardy, was one of Fashion Group International’s 2010 nominees for the International Rising Star Award for beauty and fragrance entrepreneur, and Joya has already collaborated with heavyweight arbiters of cool Opening Ceremony and Rodarte. Thus far, its fragrance vessel of choice has been candles. But Joya is officially entering the parfum category with two unisex offerings, now available at Opening Ceremony. Composition No. 1 is an unusual take on the ubiquitous summer citrus eau. Tart notes of Italian mandarin, Brazilian orange, and fresh quince are blended with heady florals like tuberose and then laid over a rich musk and sandalwood base. Composition No. 6 couldn’t be more different from its sister scent. A lush mix of Fujian cypress, yuzu, cedarwood, and meadowgrass, it’s a potent take on a typical green fragrance with a clean, sharp quality. Both are oil-based, so they sink into the skin and mingle with its natural chemistry rather than sitting on top of it. As for the flacons, the faceted porcelain orbs with 22-karat gold-dipped wands were hand-cast by Brooklyn artist Sarah Cihat, with whom Joya previously created a sold-out candle, too. Inspired by Lanvin’s classic Arpege, the bottles resemble beautiful antiques; the Compositions inside, on the other hand, feel as current as those rainbow-colored, fringed Tsumori Chisato espadrilles they share downtown retail space with.