Lovers of high-end luxury perfumes need not look further than By Kilian, a range of perfumes, scented jewellery and a scintillating home collection recently launched at Capital Store. Nabil Belaich, regional brand manager of By Kilian made an interesting presentation and took us through the journey of the brand peppered with interesting stories behind each perfume.
About By Kilian
The brainchild of Kilian Hennessy who hails from a distinguished family, creating a new luxury brand was definitely a challenge worthy of his predecessors.
After graduating, he went on to train with the greatest noses in perfumery and worked for the most prestigious perfume Houses such as Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani.
In 2007, Kilian launched his own namesake brand with the ambition of reflecting not only his distinct personality, but also to achieve a perfect alliance between elegance and uncompromising luxury. His “eco-luxe” philosophy that each bottle can be refilled and kept for a lifetime, therefore creating less waste for the planet, catapulted the brand to the top of the fragrance market and into a niche of its very own.
Since its launch, the world of Kilian includes more than 35 scents, spanning across different fragrance collections such as “L’Œuvre Noire”, “In the Garden of Good & Evil” and “Addictive State of Mind”; as well as a collection of unique compositions exclusive to the Kilian boutiques.
In addition to fragrances, Kilian introduced in 2014 his first collection of scented jewelry with the ambition to make perfume visible. In 2015, Kilian entered the field of olfactory interiors design with a collection of sophisticated decorative objects. This year, Kilian embarks on a new oflactive journey with its latest fragrance “Moonlight In Heaven”.
Kilian’s Creation Process
“A perfume must be at first a great story, long before being a beautiful olfactory harmony. A film director first writes the script and then begins the production… this is exactly how I went about developing each collection. Contrary to many of my competitors who name their perfumes based on one main ingredient, I chose to do something totally different. I chose to name each perfume with both a “title” and a “subtitle”, expressing the notion that each scent is the beginning of a real story, one that has yet to be told. More complex, yet adding a great deal of depth to each particular scent.”- Kilian Hennessy.
All my perfumes are unisex. I create perfumes that express the emotion carried by the name. “Nothing interests me more than approaching as close as possible to that truth.”- Kilian Hennessy.
Kilian’s Eco Luxe Philosophy
Kilian believes that while perfume is an art, it also needs to have a conscience. For this reason, all the brand’s products are refillable or reusable. The bottle you buy is the bottle you keep for your lifetime. Kilian collections’ coffrets can be reused as a jewellery box, an evening clutch or a cigar box.
“For me a true luxury product, must have, in its DNA, in its genes, the capacity to be transmitted from generation to generation. A luxury product should not be disposable!” – Kilian Hennessy.
The Fragrance Collections
“L’Œuvre Noire” is a collection of 10 unique fragrances composed with the highest quality raw materials, the rarest and most expensive essential oils without any limit to the perfumer’s imagination. A deca aroma that revolves around three themes: loves and its prohibitions, the artificial paradises, the temptation.
“Arabian Nights” is a collection of five perfumes, five olfactory harmonies, all built around essential oils with strong symbolic values from the East: oud, rose, incense, amber and musk.
“Asian Tales was first conceived as an olfactory voyage, yet soon transformed into a spiritual journey, as meanings behind symbols and words became increasingly significant and relevant. As the creation took shape, every detail was placed with careful attention and with the intent to show respect to this great culture.
This olfactive voyage brought me to create more exotic accords (Water Lily, Bamboo, Peach Flower, Tea & Sandalwood) to offer a moment of meditation and spirituality in this fast paced life we are all living.” Kilian Hennessy
In the Garden of Good and Evil
“For me, an olfactory harmony always begins with a story. In this collection, it is the myth of original sin which is found at the heart of the narrative – a classical theme whose interpretations punctuate art in all of its forms.” Kilian Hennessy
Voulez-Vous is the 5th fragrance of ‘In the Garden of Good and Evil” Collection. The bottle is as black as the darkest night; the fragrance both intense and festive.
Addictive State Of Mind
An olfactory dependence, an essential narcotic, a means of escape, a craving. An overwhelming desire aroused and gratified the ‘Addictive State of Mind” collection, leaving you in a daze of fulfilled stupefaction.
Moonlight In Heaven
For this new chapter, the reflection of the moon is omnipresent: whether it is in the form of mother-of-pearl for the jewel on the coffret, or in the sparkle of citrusy notes which open the new fragrance.
The Scented Jewelry
Kilian Hennessy is known for his salient fragrances – complex, refined and truly unique – since he launched his namesake brand in 2007. Now, this already iconic brand is introducing something that’s as exceptional as those scents: collections of wearable perfumed jewels for women and bracelets for men, each infused with a choice of KILIAN’s unique fragrances, offering a softer and visual way to wear their striking olfactory creations.
The Home Collection
In addition to his line of fragrances and scented jewelry, Kilian Hennessy has entered into the field of olfactory interior design with four decorative objects. Kilian Hennessy has developed a collection of scented decorative objects for the home that create a private olfactory world and give physical form to four fragrances.