5 Questions with Kilian

Kilian
Kilian Hennessy, Founder and Creative Director, KILIAN

To mark 10 years of Kilian, the founder behind the beloved fragrance brand will be coming to Bergdorf Goodman. In anticipation of the celebration, we sat down to ask Kilian 5 Questions about his new clutches, holiday shopping, and his first BG memory.

Tell us about the inspiration behind the clutches. What made you want to create accessories when you started your brand?

For me, a clutch can be an amazing accessory of seduction, much like a great scent, especially if it says “I AM A HOPELESS ROMANTIC WITH A DIRTY MIND”… My obsession was always to make perfume visible, and this collection of 10 decadent black and gold clutches was a way to celebrate some of my favorite scents and the women who wear them. It is only available in limited quantities for the holidays to celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of the brand.

What was the design process like? How did you come up with all the cheeky sayings?

The clutch structure itself already exists in the brand as it is the outer case for two of my scents: VOULEZ-VOUS COUCHER AVEC MOI and MOONLIGHT IN HEAVEN. We added the gold plaques with the cheeky sayings to give them a fun & unexpected twist for the holiday season.
What I wanted to achieve was to create clutches where the messages would open the discussion for, hopefully, a night to remember!

What is your first memory in Bergdorf Goodman?

The 1st person I met at BERGDORF GOODMAN was 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 a year later.

In a way, you could say I met my soul mate at BG!

Where do you see the BG woman carrying her Killian clutch this Holiday Season?

At any cool party!

Who are 3 important women in your life, and what are you giving them for the Holidays?

My wife…I can’t disclose obviously!
My mother…A shared present with my brother and sisters, probably a weekend with her new husband.

My sister…a box filled with INTOXICATED BY KILIAN products from perfume to candles as it is her favorite scent.

Meet Kilian Thursday November 30th at Bergdorf Goodman, 6:30-8pm on the Beauty Level.

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