Brand Portrait: Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Maison Francis Kurkdjian has been making waves in recent years. It has emerged as an elegant and rich perfumerie, which now has a strong and loyal following. But what is the history of Maison Francis Kurkdjian? And what are the notable scents they have released? Keep reading for an essential guide to the enigmatic Monsieur Kurkdjian and his brand of olfactory creations.
Who Is Francis Kurkdjian?
Let's start by taking a look at the man behind the brand, Francis Kurkdjian. Born in Paris, France, in 1969, Francis grew up in an Armenian household. He was enamored with ballet and piano from a young age but became fixed on the idea of being a perfumer by the age of 14 or 15.
Kurkdjian was heavily influenced by his sister's perfume collection. While she admired the bottles, he was enthralled by their contents.
He went on to study at ISIPCA, Paris's renowned perfume and cosmetics school, founded by Jean-Jacques Guerlain. It was here that he developed his craft, having no family history of perfume-making. He would then become associated with Quest Original and enroll in further studies at the Institut Supérieur de Marketing du Luxe.
By the age of 25, Kurkdjian would make his name by creating Le Mâle, the first aftershave for Jean Paul Gaultier. This scent remains a best-seller, and the iconic teal bust has Francis Kurkdjian to thank for its fame.
Kurkdjian would go on to lend his talent to the likes of Dior, Versace, Armani, Elie Saab, and Yves Saint Laurent.
In 2004, Francis Kurkdjian would meet Ernst & Young executive Marc Chaya. Just five years later in 2009, the two would reveal Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
Kurkdjian was awarded the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award in 2008 by the French Minister for Culture.
How Did Maison Francis Kurkdjian Come About?
The Kurkdjian perfumes we know and love today are borne out of a collaboration between Kurkdjian and Chaya, who upon meeting at a Jean Paul Gaultier show in 2004, realized they were both aspiring for something more from their jobs. Forming MFK, Chaya acts as the co-founder and president of the business, while Kurkdjian is the creative director.
Nowadays, Maison Francis Kurkdjian is established in 300 locations across 45 countries and is a major player in the perfume industry.
The business has expanded its reach to comprise of men's, women's, and unisex fragrances, in addition to a travel collection, body line, detergents and fabric softener, and scented candles and bubbles.
What Does Maison Francis Kurkdjian Represent?
Francis Kurkdjian perfumes have consistently broken down barriers while staying true to the traditions of fine perfume making. Kurkdjian sees perfume as a form of self-expression: by choosing which fragrance to wear each day, we can tell the world who we are.
Creativity is at the heart of the brand. By setting out on his own, after having worked with numerous designers, Kurkdjian brings ensures our attention remains on the scent. Each perfume has its own 'story': each takes its inspiration from a moment, an image, or a book.
For example, his perfume Elixir Aqua Universalis Forte has taken inspiration from the moment a dancer examines her reflection and applies her make-up before a performance. Kurkdjian has also drawn parallels to seeing his mother apply her make-up as a child.
What Are Their Most Popular Fragrances?
One of MFK's best-loved fragrances is Aqua Universalis. As with all his perfumes, Francis Kurkdjian believes in the story of the fragrance: the name, the bottle, the concept, and of course the scent. The smell of this fragrance evokes clean linen, pure materials, and the simplicity of nature. It can be used as a perfume for the body, as well as on linen and around the home.
Without a doubt, the most sold Kurkdjian Fragrance ever is Baccarat Rouge 540 and the Extrait variant. This perfume might have changed the world of niche perfume forever.
Next, the OUD fragrance line is oriental and earthy, owing to its origins in Laos. This fragrance transports the wearer far and wide, the spice notes conjuring an image of desert dunes and Arabian nights. The different OUD scents include Silk Mood, Cashmere Mood, and Velvet Mood.
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Aqua Vitae takes its top notes from dynamic scents around the world: Calabrian lemons, Sicilian mandarins, Brazilian tonka beans. These are combined with subtle vanilla and guaiac wood to create a sensual and romantic perfume. It inspires one to hold their lover that much tighter while inhaling the scent on their skin.
What Are Their Latest Ventures?
The Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrance house is sure to have many tricks up their sleeve which we wait for with bated breath.
One of their latest releases is the À La Rose collection. This comprises fragrances for men and women, as well as a hand cream. The À La Rose perfume comes in the classically shaped MFK bottles that fans around the world know and love.
The inspiration for this line is women. It comes from the passionate admiration and glory of women, immortalized by the rose. The perfume utilizes two different varieties of roses: French Centifoloia roses and Bulgarian Damascena roses. Bergamot, orange, cedar, and magnolia completed this intoxicating and feminine olfactory experience.
That's the History of MFK
The inexorable rise of Maison Francis Kurkdjian leaves many in the industry wondering just what will come next. Rest assured that the latest MFK scents, alongside many other popular brands, will be available on our website.
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