Heir to a long line of cognac-makers who were pioneers in luxury, Kilian decided to take up the torch of the 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 alcool 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 presigious perfume houses such as Dior, Paco Rabanne, McQueen and Armani.
In 2007, Kilian launched his own namesake brand with the ambition of relecting 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, therefore creating less waste for the planet, catapulted the brand to the top of the fragrance market and into a niche of its very own.