Legendary Parfum Creator Maison Francis Kurkdjian Opens in Neiman Marcus!
Francis Kurkdijianis one of the most gifted, extraordinary fragrance creators in the contemporary world. His fragrance creations are measured against legendary fragrances and bring something truly unique to the table. Fragranistas cherish and covet Maison Francis Kurkdjian scents; while those less “knowing” collect them for the unique presentations.Having recently launched in many more Neiman Marcus stores, I managed to snag some time with Francis while he celebrated the launch in the Fashion Island (Newport Beach) Neiman Marcus.
Francis Kurkdjian at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island
With this wonderous collection that is both serious and indulgent, meant for special occasions and yet used daily in the home– Maison Francis Kurkdjian is about enveloping your life with fragrance in various aspects and various scents. Genius but quite gentle and gentlemanly, Francis Kurkdjian is a bit of an enigma– but then again not. He’s more quiet and he’s always thinking.
Here’s what part of his press kit says and it’s quotes:
” My House is a tribute to Paris, her magic and her spirit of freedom.
My house marries tradition and cutting-edge technology
My house is dedicated to great joys and simple pleasures.
My house is a fragrance approach to life 24/7″
That’s so on target about the man and the journey of fragrance that he presents. It is a journey, a travel that he wishes you to have as well as something that you live with.
I had no idea what to expect when I met Francis Kurkdijan –and at times he’s quite playful. Part of that playfulness is shown in the new scented bubbles product (perfect for the eternal child that I am) available in 4 fabulous scents. Agathe’s Bubble– created for his niece whom he talks about in the podcast, here are four scents for her (and you) to learn about in bubble format:
Cold Minted Bubbles (and it’s accurate.. cold like fresh spearmint but not quite that sharp)
Cut Grass Bubbles
Pear Scented Bubbles
Violet Scented Bubbles
Each little tube of bubbles is $18– but don’t give them to your kid!! Give them to yourself to become the child you once were and evoke that time of awe, wonder and fun.
Here are images from Neiman Marcus Fashion Island windows — reflecting the bubble theme.
and here’s another with Francis Kurkdjian in it..
This is a podcast with Francis Kurkdjian– who was phenomenally easy to talk to. We are outside the store as the store was having a fashion show for Tory Burch’s personal appearance. Instead we got to sit outside in the lovely sunshine in this relaxing courtyard and have a conversation.
Aqua Universalis— a unisex fragrance that is truly that. It can be used on skin or laundry– it’s that universal and fulfills the fragrance 24/7 concept.
Bergamot, Lemon from Sicily,
White floral bouquet – featuring lily of the valley
Light and musky orange.
APOM (a contraction of “a piece of me” )
Available in pour homme and pour femme, this is the “pour homme” photo.
Lumiere Noire — available in pour homme and pour femme,
spiced rose (cumin, cinnamon)
mugwort herb- pour homme
narcissus — pour femme
Cologne Pour Le Matin (for the morning)
Think fresh clean grass, morning dew, sunshine at first light streaming through the window.
Bergamot from Calabria
Lemon from Sicily
White Thyme from Morocco
Lavender from Provence
Orange Flower from Tunisia
Cologne Pour Le Soir (for the evening)
This is a warm hug of a scent– wrapping you up in love and fragrance.
Benzoin from Siam
Bulgarian and Iranian Rose Honey
Other things in the collection:
Incense papers — for the home– because all the parts of your life should be fragrant.
You can find Maison Francis Kurkdjian at Neiman Marcus stores and online as well as www.Luckyscent.com
Thank you to Neiman Marcus, Michaele Hall, Kim Van Dang and the amazing Francis Kurkdjian for all his time and sharing.
Stevie , LA-Story.com
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