By Kilian is an eco-luxe parfum brand from Paris, created by Kilian Hennessy, grandson of the founder of the LVMH group. (The “H” in LVMH is Hennessy, the famed cognac-making family).
Kilian Hennessy spent his childhood among the family’s wine cellars in Cognac. After graduating from a program in communications and language studies, where wrote a thesis on semantics of odors in the search for a common language between gods and mortals, Kilian went on to study with some of the greatest noses in perfumery, honing his craft creating perfumes for some of the top fashion brands in the industry.
In 2007, Kilian launched his own perfume house, in keeping with the family’s long tradition of producing luxury goods. Collection L’Oeuvre Noire (“Black Masterpiece”) was first launched in 2007, with new fragrances added to the collection each year and a total of ten fragrances available so far.
For Kilian the art of fragrance-making always has a narrative at its heart… his story-telling ethos and “eco-luxe” philosophy has catapulted the unique fragrances into a much-coveted niche of haute perfumery.
For Kilian the art of fragrance-making always has a narrative at its heart; be it the myth of original sin prominent in In The Garden of Good and Evil, or the progression of a love story in the debut collection, L’Oeuvre Noire. Now spanning across five fragrance collections, Kilian’s story-telling ethos and “eco-luxe” philosophy of beautiful keepsake, refillable bottles and wearable perfume jewellery has catapulted the unique fragrances into a much-coveted niche of haute perfumery.
The company emphasizes ecology and sustainability through the use of refillable, reusable packaging. The perfumer’s formulas are also available for each scent on the official website. By Kilian has launched limited editions of several fragrances in the collection, in special luxury packaging.