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Perfumer: Francis Kurkdjian


Francis Kurkdjian, winner of several perfumer awards, is probably one of the top 5 perfumers in the last 30 years. Kurkdjian was only 26 when he created Le Male for Jean Paul Gaultier in 1995. It was an instant success and became a classic men's fragrance, with many versions in unique limited edition collectible bottles. 

He went on to win several awards:

  • Winner of the François Coty Perfumer (Oct 2001)
  •  Award for the collective body of his creative work,
  • Cosmetique Magazine's best perfumer of year 2008,
  • Named Chevalier of Arts and Letters (July 2008).
  • WWD Beauty Biz Award, Maison Francis Kurkdjian
  • Breakthrough product of the year Fine Fragrance (2009)
  • Cosmetique Magazine's best niche mixte perfume for Aqua Universalis (June 2010)

His notable earlier perfumes Green Tea for Elizabeth Arden, Narciso Rodriguez for Her for Narciso Rodriguez, Rose Barbare for Guerlain, Tihota for Indult, L’Extase for Nina Ricci and Mr Burberry for Burberry.

In 2009, Kurkdjian founded the niche perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian (MFK) with Marc Chaya and proceeded to create some of his best selling perfumes, including: Aqua Universalis, APOM Homme & Femme and Lumière Noire Homme & Femme, Amyris, Aqua Vitae, Oud Silk Mood, Baccarat Rouge 540, Oud Satin Mood, Grand Soir and Gentle Fluidity Gold & Silver.

Baccarat Rouge 540 EDP, created in 2015 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Baccarat, the French crystal manufacturer was a phenomenal success. Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum which followed shortly after did equally well commercially. Kurkdjian has cemented his position in the world of perfumery and with the commercial backing of LVMH, MFK is poised for continued growth and expansion.   

His recent launch of MFK 724, inspired by the vibrancy of the major cities of the world, urban metropolises which never sleep. This fragrance is very suitable for tropical climate.

Perfumes mentioned are available at scentloft.com