Francis Kurkdjian

Francis Kurkdjian was not born in Grasse; neither is he the son of a
perfumer. As a child, he studied the piano and classical ballet. At the age
of 15, he decided to become a perfume maker and dedicated himself to
attending all the right classes to take him to ISIPCA, the International
School for future perfumers. In 1995, at the age of just 25, he signed his
fi rst fragrance: ‘Le Mâle’ for Jean Paul Gaultier. He went on to create
many more fragrances for the worlds of fashion, beauty and luxury. In
2001, while he continued to work for international fragrance houses, he
opened his own workshop for custom-made perfumes. He went on to work
closely with other artists, signing a number of joint projects and, since
2006, several olfactory installations. In 2009, he was made a Chevalier
des Arts et des Lettres and in September of that year he opened the Maison
Francis Kurkdjian in Paris.