Today we take you inside the mind of French fragrance founder Kilian Hennessy, who launched his range of luxe scents, By Kilian, in 2007. Find out why his bold gourmand blend, Love Don’t Be Shy, is Rihanna’s ride-or-die perfume (it’s sold out in every store around the world!) We also introduce you to the all-time best-seller, Good Girl Gone Bad, a fruity floral that comes in a Serpentine-embellished, lacquer clutch. Plus, Kilian spills all on his next olfactive creation launching this month – his biggest departure from the 35 existing fragrances he’s created to date. But that’s not all. Last year, Kilian introduced the world to scented lipsticks! Listen to the end to find out whether more perfumed cosmetics are to come…
If the name sounds familiar, Kilian Hennessy is indeed of Hennessy ilk. Here, the dapper Frenchman recalls his family’s history starting out in cognac, which led to the LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) empire. Brushes with famous perfumers, intimate details working with a bad boy designer, and the real reason Kilian refused to work for big fragrance companies – whether you love perfume or not, you’ll not want to miss the origin story behind the sleeper label unafraid to make a big statement.
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Products mentioned in this episode: Fracas by Robert Piguet; Christian Dior Poison; By Kilian Beyond Love, Prohibited; Christian Dior Eau Sauvage; Guerlain Vétiver; Caron Pour un Homme; By Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad; By Kilian Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi; By Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy; By Kilian Rolling in Love; Guerlain Shalimar; Guerlain L’Heurre Bleu