Scented Diaries: TH / Edition The Decay of the Angel
Why is the rose no longer just a rose?
Because Timothy Han’s third perfume takes everything we think that we know about floral fragrances and proves us wrong. The Decay of the Angel is an intense hedonistic experience;a unisex perfume inspired by a Yukio Mishima novel of the same name and the five stages of an angel falling to earth. The 1971 book is the final of Mishima’s The Sea of Fertility series which are centred on the ideas of life, death and reincarnation. His last novel, The Decay of The Angel is structured through those five different stages – Decay, Diaphoresis, Dirt, Dissatisfaction and Darkness, all of which are represented in Han’s latest fragrance.
Each of Timothy Han’s perfumes have been inspired by iconic pieces of literature, and this latest one takes amplifies this inspiration. The decaying angel is represented by a deteriorating flower: a heavy rose scent transforms the traditional, familiar smell into a gritty, tart fragrance with earthy base notes of oud, cedarwood and patchouli. Its transformative nature makes you want to put it on, sit down and wait for the smell to evolve – The Decay of the Angel by Timothy Han / Edition is a scented adventure.
The mixture of strong oriental notes and traditional feminine floral merges East and West. The Decay of the Angel conjures the ultimate fashion, beauty and lifestyle icon Jane Birkin walking down a Tokyo street. She wanders away from Serge Gainsbourg and steps into the wondrous space of the Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden, dressed in a tonal outfit consisting of a white Obi-inspired Co shirt, a pair of wide-legged Cédric Charlier trousers, with a Rachel Comey trench coat and her signature Mary-Jane flats, such as a Maryam Nassir Zadeh crocodile-textured pair. The original edition of Mishima’s book is safely tucked in her nude The Row bag, while her Marte Frisnes moon-pendant necklace is dangling around her neck. And of course, there’s a hat – a feathered wide-brimmed paper-straw one from Filù Hats. The effortless beauty of la Parisienne meets the ornate, finely-detailed world of the Far East.
This aesthetic also reflects the packaging of the perfume. The classic 60ml Timothy Han / Edition bottle is tucked into a white box with one of the five custom illustrations specially created by Gosia Sobczak, a Polish artist whose signature is blending the grotesque with melancholic femininity. The Decay of the Angel was Mishima’s last ever novel and is considered his masterpiece, and even though we are sure this is not Han’s last perfume, it’s definitely one for the books.
Shop The Decay of the Angel by Timothy Han/Edition at timothyhanedition.com for £160 (60ml).
Text by Dino Bonacic