Celebrated French perfumer Francis Kurkdjian shared how his initial reality shock with the fragrance industry led him to explore unexpected ways to capitalize on his creativity.
“The beginning of my career became also the end of my dream,” said Kurkdjian, who created his first scent, the best-selling Le Male by John Paul Gaultier as a 25-year-old junior perfumer at Quest International, now owned by Givaudan. “I discovered that the perfumer has no interaction at all with the other creators of the product.”
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