Francis Kurkdjian is taking up residence at The Standard. The perfumer behind Maison Francis Kurkdjian has teamed with the hotel group and its creative director Claire Darrow on a collection of candles inspired by three cities that are home to Standard Hotels — New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Each candle is embossed with an illustrative design representing its city. On the Los Angeles candle, the Hollywood sign is on display, and a series of recognizable buildings plays out on the New York version. “We share the same values of art and living and luxury and sophistication without being too precious and presumptuous,” said Kurkdjian, who noted that he spends time at both Standard High Line and East Village locations when he is in New York. “A fragrance can embody a place.”The New York candle is meant to smell like freshly cut grass, inspired by a nighttime walk on the High Line, near the Standard's location here. The Miami candle is rose-based, and Los Angeles is an earthier scent.The candles will be sold beginning Dec. 7 in The Standard Shops, the Standard e-commerce shop and in stand-alone Maison Francis Kurkdjian stores. A 6.7-ounce candle is priced at $65, and a trio of 1.2-ounce candles are $35. In January, they will be available for purchase via hotel mini-bar. Kurkdjian has collaborated with hotels on signature scents before, including the Royal Mansour in Marrakech and the Grand Park Hotel in Gstaad, and has an amenities line sold in upscale hotels like the Baccarat Hotel here and the Hermitage in Monte Carlo.The candle collection, Kurkdjian divulged, have been a long time coming. "We were supposed to collaborate last year, but I needed more time to come up with the right idea and perfect fragrance," said Kurkdjian. "Time now is luxury, dematerialized luxury. Not everyone can afford time."
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