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Guerlain unveils Kintsugi Orchidée Impériale Black

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Guerlain unveils Kintsugi Orchidée Impériale Black

French luxury brand Guerlain is launching a limited-edition version of its Orchidée Impériale Black skincare this winter, this time inspired by the centuries-old Japanese art of Kintsugi.

Kintsugi roughly translates as “joining with gold” and is the process of repairing broken porcelain by mending along the cracks with a lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold or other precious metals.

To create the refillable jar, Guerlain called on Limoges-based Maison Bernardaud. The porcelain specialist is also behind the original Orchidée Impériale Black, which launched in 2018 as an ultra-premium edition of Guerlain’s eponymous line.

Here, a plaster “master mold” was used to create the final mold. The porcelain jar is lacquered in black enamel with the brand’s logo gilded with 24-carat fine gold. The inside of the cap was left in its natural state, in bisque porcelain, which produces an effect of "porous softness under the lacquered shell," explains Guerlain.

Kintsugi Orchidée Impériale Black sports the same glossy black surface as the first creation and is adorned with 24 carat gold in the Kintsugi style. Each jar is entirely handmade, taking one month and 50 artisans to be produced, according to the brand, and is available in a run of 2,731 pieces.

Launching in November, Kintsugi Orchidée Impériale Black limited edition will retail for €1,280.

See our upcoming edition of Formes de Luxe for a feature article on Maison Bernardaud’s expertise.

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