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Perfume by Kilian

by habituallychic

01 . 21 . 08
It’s hard not to think someone would be successful when their family’s last name makes up the H in LVMH but Kilian Hennessy has worked hard and paid his dues and now has a wonderful new fragrance collection to show for it called By Kilian. He became interested in fragrance while studying at the Sorbonne and took classes at the Cinquieme Sens, a fragrance school in Paris, and later interned at Firmenich, a fragrance house where he trained with the best noses. Later, he went on to create and market scents for major fashion houses. It was only last year that he decided he wanted to create his own scent using the highest standards of the craft and “to put perfume back on a pedestal.”

His collection of six scents is darkly romantic and has been deeply influenced by his love of literature. The packaging is beautiful as well. Each bottle is nestled in it’s own handsome wooden box that actually locks with a key. Of course, this is not without expense. The perfume retails for $250 but later you can just pick up a refill for $95. Bergdorf’s carries the Kilian line and so of course I had to peruse the collection and they all smell heavenly. According to Hennessy, “perfume should either be a shield, to create an environment of ease, or else a weapon of seduction.” Sounds like my favorite, Liaisons Dangereuses might be of the latter persuasion. Check them out for yourself at Bergdorf Goodman or Aedes de Venustas.

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  1. Miss Dashwood January 21, 2008 | 9:40 pm

    Forgive my ignorance, HC, but what is LVMH?
    Love your blog!!!

  2. maison21 January 21, 2008 | 11:13 pm

    allow me, hc-

    louis vuitton moet hennesy


  3. maison21 January 21, 2008 | 11:13 pm

    oops- spelled hennessy wrong, but you get the picture…

  4. Jennifer R. January 22, 2008 | 12:23 am

    would love to get my hands on this for a gift!

    Jen Ramos
    ‘100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards’

  5. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 12:56 am

    Hi Miss Dashwood, Maison21 was nice enough to tell you what LVMH stands for but just so you know, they seem to own every major brand on the luxury market. They not only own Louis Vuitton but also Marc Jacobs and Dior, Sephora, Givency, Moet, Guerlain, Pucci, etc. You get the idea. Makes me want to look up the term economic “monopoly” again.

  6. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 12:57 am

    Jennifer, it would make a perfect Valentine’s Day present.

  7. Suzy January 22, 2008 | 2:51 am

    Wow, they look lovely. And of course there are no distributors in Asia yet…

  8. Habitually Chic January 22, 2008 | 2:39 pm

    Poor Suzy! You would think Hong Kong would have the latest of everything. Sorry! You could always take a trip to Paris to smell it 😉

  9. Alice Olive January 22, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The packaging is superb. Dark and beautiful!