Parfumé de la Carte: Scented leather Cardholder Collection by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who’s been the nose behind many crowd-pleasing scents for brands such as Burberry, Narciso, Carven, Elie Saab, and countless others, as well as for his own eponymous fragrance line, is getting into the leather business

While searching for the perfect leather bag, he came across L’Atelier Renard, the luxury-bespoke saddle-and-bag-maker since 1930, situated across the rue from Hotel Le Meurice in Paris, where their leather-scenting collaboration began. “I first met Atelier Renard and Brigitte Montaut, the owner, while I was looking for a bespoke bag for my own personal use, and everything they make is totally handmade. You meet the owner and she helps you to sort out what is good for you or what suits your needs,” explained Kurkdjian. “While my bag was in progress, we started to get very close, as I was launching my brand…we discussed craftsmanship and artisanship. We had a connection. I shared my vision and dream about re-inventing the process of scented leather goods.“For those in the know, L’Atelier Renard produces bespoke and private-label leather goods for crazy-high-end mega-fashion brands mainly (both brands opted not to elaborate on who they might be due to confidentiality reasons), but “to my extreme delight, she opted to work with me!” he humbly added.Launching this month at Bergdorf Goodman NYC (available in-store only): the Scented Leather Cardholder Collection by Maison Francis Kurkjian Paris. Using a patented process, a piece of leather is tanned, then “infused and soaked” in pure perfume oil for several weeks, borrowing fragrance notes from his very own Absolue and Cologne Pour Le Soir in amber, vanilla, and woody accords, then seamlessly sewn away hidden inside the cardholder permeating the scent that lasts over two years. “Aside from making these beautiful cardholders, it was the process that was very special for me, the idea of going back to the craft of scenting leather, the same way it was done in the beginning of 16th century,” states Kurkdjian. With leather finishes available in calf and crocodile, in an array of desirable colors, carrying cards has never been so decadent or smelled so glamorous.

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