KILIAN: PERFUME AS AN ART
Heir to a long line of cognac-makers who were pioneers in luxury, Kilian Hennessy decided to challenge himself while keeping in with the family tradition of luxe brands. So in 2007, he launched his namesake project with the ambition of reflecting his distinct personality as well as achieving the perfect balance between elegance and uncompromising luxury. His "eco-luxe" philosophy makes each bottle refillable and kept for a lifetime. During his childhood haunts in the family cellars in Cognac, Hennessy learned about the "angels’ share," or what the House of Hennessy calls the percentage that inexplicably evaporates from cognac cellars, like an offering to the gods. Many of Hennessy's fragrances carry this memory as they are reminiscent of the sugar in the alcohol and the wood of the cognac barrels. Hennessy cut his teeth training with the best noses in perfumery and working for the fragrance divisions of Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani.
“Perfume is an art for me, a messenger that opens a thousand doors in the memory.” Kilian Hennessy. “I want to put perfumery back on its pedestal by going back to the truth about perfume; back to the way perfume was made in the late 19th and the early 20th century, but adding a contemporary twist at the same time.”
His select scents are the declination of five fragrance collections - L'Oeuvre Noire, Arabian Nights, Asian Tales, ln the Garden of Good & Evil and Addictive State of Mind. Each whiff embodies ultimate sophistication and timeless luxury.