In his approach to fragrance, Francis Kurkdjian says he has no particular style—which, incidentally, is very much his style. While the renowned perfumer has created bestsellers for designer brands (Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, Narciso Rodriguez For Her, Burberry My Burberry), his niche line, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, has been at the vanguard of the independent fragrance movement since 2009. Kurkdjian’s multifaceted, highly evocative scents sit proudly outside the mainstream, while still resting on a classic French foundation (Kurkdjian trained at Paris’s most prestigious perfume school, ISIPCA). For all their artistry and individual appeal, Kurkdjian’s fragrances do feel remarkably at home in Miami, a city that seems to echo the perfumer’s vision. “Lightness and sun define [Miami] as much as its deep historical roots,” he says. That link between brightness and depth, old world and new provides the ideal backdrop to Kurkdjian’s collection, which is about to become a permanent fixture in the Design District.
Maison Francis Kurkjian is opening a boutique inside En Avance at Paradise Plaza, the luxury fashion and lifestyle store founded by Miami local, Karen Quinones. The collaboration (En Avance x Maison Francis Kurkdjian) makes sense—the store showcases the work of top artists and designers from across the globe. But the partnership between Kurkdjian and Quinones is more than just a logical step; it’s based on a longtime relationship. “Karen Quinones was amongst the first followers of Maison Francis Kurkdjian,” says Kurkdjian. “She has carried our collection in since 2010 and continues to be an ambassador of our fragrances.”
The opening of En Avance x Maison Francis Kurkdjian also coincides with the launch of Kurkdjian’s newest scent, Aqua Celestia Forte. Sparkling with lime, mimosa, and jasmine absolute, the fragrance has a rich concentration and an airy, cologne-like quality. “With its fresh and citrusy sillage, it’s totally suited to Miami’s climate,” says Kurkdjian. Now, that’s exactly our style.