PARIS — Francis Kurkdjian is ringing in 2015 with a pop-up shop here, which showcases his signature fragrance line and a new range of scented leather goods.
Also on offer in the 444-square-foot Marais neighborhood-based boutique, opening to the public Friday, are items created by friends of the perfumer’s label, Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
“What interested me was at the same time to highlight my products and the people who work with me,” said Kurkdjian, noting, for instance, Nathalie Baetens, who for eight years has taken pictures for the house.
The perfumer said he wants “to show their work independent of mine.” Kurkdjian hopes to give the place the feeling of his home, too.
Its ambiance is indeed intimate, with Kurkdjian’s piano serving as a centerpiece.
Decorating the bright, streamlined boutique are paper flower creations by Marianne Guély and a Baccarat chandelier. Alongside Kurdjian’s full product range — including his latest À la rose scent — are freshly pressed juices from French Detox Paris and chocolates by Christophe Michalak, for instance.
Kurkdjian’s fragranced, colorful two-piece cardholders are handmade and created with Atelier Renard. The crocodile skin model (coming in either smooth or textured leather) and lambskin interior have an amber woody scent and go for 1,165 euros, or $1,439 at current exchange. The calfskin iteration with a lambskin interior and amber vanilla accord is priced at 525 euros, or $648.
The pop-up, situated at 7 Rue des Blancs-Manteaux, will remain operational for two months and then close for renovation. The store is slated to open again in May 2015.
While company executives would not discuss projections, industry sources estimate the refurbished boutique will generate 400,000 euros, or $493,956, in first-year retail revenues.
The pop-up boutique comes five years after Kurkdjian inaugurated his first store, also on Paris’ Right Bank.