Delivering a punch of urban edge to old world heritage, the latest collaboration between Guerlain and the graffiti artist JonOne is daring, unexpected, and beyond stunning. Known for some of the most iconic formulas on the market, the French Perfume House takes street cred to a whole new level with its latest limited edition release. Successfully combining two polarizing aesthetics, the brand’s classic Guerlain Bee Bottle has become a one-of-a-kind collectible piece of art.
Recognized all over the world, JonOne has added his trademark color to subway cars, art galleries, postage stamps, and that really lively label on Perrier water a couple of years ago. That’s just naming a few. Expressing himself through color, he has now assigned hues to three famous Guerlain scents and is using their liter bottles as his canvas: Shalimar is blue, La Petite Robe Noire is pink, and Rose Barbage is orange. Hand painted in his atelier in Paris, no two bottles are alike.
True to the luxury icon that is Maison Guerlain, each one liter bottle is adorned by the dames de table and features a satin ribbon around its neck. The Guerlain name is displayed prominently on every bottle. Visual and sensory, this rare experience is complete with a collector’s case signed by JonOne himself. Anchoring the brand’s authenticity, the artist delivers unique creations that are intriguing and bright, not loud. Think high street meets street art. And there are only 98 of them.
Embellished with 69 bees, the quintessential Guerlain Bee Bottle was first created by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain in 1853. Housing Eau de Cologne Impériale, it was a gift to mark the marriage of Eugénie de Montijo and Napoleon III and its success earned Maison Guerlain the title of Official Purveyor to the Imperial Court. Pretty certain nobody else in the beauty industry tops that.
Extremely limited, the exclusive one liter Guerlain x JonOne Bee Bottle, numbered and signed are available in three scents: Shalimar Extrait, (34 bottles), La Petite Robe Noire Extrait, (32 bottles) and Rose Barbare Eau de Parfum, (32 bottles). Each retails for $11,200 at Guerlain Boutiques. That’s right, eleven thousand, two hundred. American dollars. It’s art, bruh.
* images courtesy of Guerlain