Maison Francis Kurkdjian perfumes were created by the award-winning perfumer of the same name. Before opening his own perfume shop, Francis Kurkdjian made perfume for other perfume shops, and chances are if you've ever spent any time at the department store perfume counter, you've smelled one of his fragrances.
Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Jean Paul Gaultier le Male, Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, and so many more. If you look at that short list of fragrances, they couldn't be any more different from each other - from the musky Narciso classic to the brilliant iris bouquet, he is a versatile and gifted perfumer. He created several of the perfumes for Parfums MDCI, some of his richest work.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian was opened in Paris in 2009, and line is carried by Bergdorf Goodman and many other prestigious stores.
Francis didn't grow up in a family of perfumers, so he took a different route to get there - through ballet and a stint in fashion. Even with that little bit of meandering, he knew at age 15 that he would be a perfumer. His first fragrance was for Jean Paul Gaultier, Le Male, and then he did several other fragrances for JPG. He got noticed when he did the Narciso Rodriguez perfumes (for her and for him), and people at that point were sure that he was for real.
When he opened his own perfume shop, he used a theme for each of his perfumes, tied to a time of day. Since his initial launch, he has added additional fragrances slowly, taking the time to develop exactly what he wants. He added a beautifully skanky rendition of Pour le Soir that is called Pour le Soir Absolue. He added an Oud fragrance in 2011 and Amyris in 2012 as well as a limited edition for Bergdorf Goodman.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a perfume shop to watch as it expands its line and ventures into new territory.