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Back to where it all began with Kilian Hennessy

He launched his own range of strikingly addictive scents – from Good Girl Gone Bad to Woman in Gold, there’s something for everyone. Here, Hennessy shares how he got started and his philosophies on life and the fragrance industry.

My breakthrough career moment was …
When I launched my brand at Bergdorf Goodman and [it] was sold out after two hours.

My top five products are …
Good Girl Gone Bad, Straight to Heaven, Moonlight in Heaven, Woman in Gold and Black Phantom.

My earliest memory of scent is …
The perfume worn by my grandfather … Eau Sauvage. He used to wet his hair with it. The smell of Eau Sauvage mixed with his pipe … that was the scent of my childhood.

The product(s) most worth the investment are …
My scented jewellery designed by Élie Top.

When it comes to beauty I always …
Use a very rich face moisturiser.

My favourite career memory/ highlight is …
The first person I met at Bergdorf Goodman – the fragrance buyer, Elisabeth Jones, who became my wife a few years later. So, as you can see, I have the best possible memory of Bergdorf! She fought to launch Kilian and we built the brand together. She joined me as CEO of By Kilian USA one year later. In a way, you could say I met my soul mate at Bergdorf Goodman.

The best advice on beauty I’ve received is …
To wear perfume where I want to be kissed.

The best health advice I’ve received is …
Never use a deodorant with aluminium.

The product I can’t live without is …
Bamboo Harmony.

My advice to people getting started in the industry is …
Work hard / play hard.