Kilian Hennessy talks luxury fragrance

The By Kilian founder picked up his first FiFi award for Amber Oud

Despite growing up in the luxury products business, Kilian Hennessy has managed to carve his own path in the industry with his By Kilian perfume brand, founded in 2007. And the industry is taking notice – the heir to the Hennessy cognac fortune picked up his first FiFi award earlier this year for his Amber Oud scent.

What does winning a FiFi mean to you?

If only you knew the amount of hours we spend creating a single scent – it can take up to a year. So it made me extremely happy – it is recognition from the industry for a job well done. Nothing would have been possible without Calice Becker. She is just amazing and absolutely one of the best perfumers I know.

What opportunities do you see for your brand this year?

2013 has started off very strong for us and we are already 115% up on last year. We are in the second phase of launching our new collection, In the Garden of Good & Evil. Our priority now is to increase sales through our existing 187 doors.

Are your lighter fragrances designed to appeal to the Far East?

No. We only have one point of sale in Asia, which is Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong. The ambition behind these scents was to offer a collection that would be more ‘spiritual’ as creations conceived as moments of meditation. In a way, the exact opposite side of the olfactive spectrum from our Arabian Nights collection.

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