KILIAN Dark Lord
Kilian Hennessy, born into one of France’s most illustrious dynasties in fine liquors, translates sensibility and vision inherited from his ancestors into the realm of perfume. A culture of pursuing ultimate luxury and his audacious, rule-breaking approach define his namesake brand: KILIAN.
Founded over a decade ago in 2007 by Kilian Hennessy, KILIAN launched with an opus of ten fragrances recounting love and its prohibitions, sin, and innocence, darkness, and light—dualities that continue to shape KILIAN creations, aesthetics, and storytelling.
Today, KILIAN offers a menu of fragrances within four olfactive families—The Fresh, The Narcotics, The Cellars, and The Smokes. From the dark cognac cellars of his childhood memories to Paris’s most elegant evenings where desires roam free…KILIAN explores the very space that fragrance touches so powerfully, invisibly, and irrevocably.
Luxury Perfumes. France 2007
Inspiration: “A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feeling—unintentionally,” the quixotic Oscar Wilde once noted of the elite race of men who are shamelessly, unapologetically themselves and with perfect aplomb. They charm by their character and please only those who are refined enough to receive them.
Fragrance story: DARK LORD ‘EXTENEBRIS LUX’ is a gentleman of the night. Meet him in the most surprising of circumstances and his mystery slowly unfolds: A head-twisting mix of shadows and light, it seduces in seconds with its elegant, long-lasting accords of leather and strong vetiver, its jasmine drenched in rum, and a dandyish entrance of bergamot and pepper. From darkness, into the light.
Key notes: Pepper, Jasmine, Vetiver
About the Brand
Heir to a long line of cognac-makers who were pioneers in luxury, Kilian Hennessy decided to take up the torch of family tradition. Creating a new luxury brand was definitely a challenge worthy of his predecessors.
His childhood haunts included the family cellars in Cognac. Before graduating from CELSA, he wrote a thesis on the semantics of scent, in search of a ‘language’ common to gods and mortals. Remembering the «angels’ share» as part of his heritage, he was led into the world of perfumery. The «angels’ share» is what the House of Hennessy calls the percentage that – inexplicably – evaporates from cognac cellars, like an offering to the gods.
Many of Kilian’s fragrances today carry this childhood memory as they are reminiscent of the sugar in the alcohol and the wood of the cognac barrels.
After graduating, he then went on to train with the greatest noses in perfumery and worked for the most prestigious perfume houses such as Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen, and Giorgio Armani.
In 2007, Kilian launched his own namesake brand with the ambition of reflecting not only his distinct personality but also to achieve a perfect alliance between elegance and uncompromising luxury. His “eco-luxe” philosophy that each bottle can be refilled and kept for a lifetime catapulted the brand to the top of the fragrance market and into a niche of its very own.
KILIAN HENNESSY CONTINUES TO CREATE UNEXPECTED PRODUCTS THAT EMBODY ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION AND TIMELESS LUXURY.
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