Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Francis Kurkdjian’s nose may be responsible for some big blockbuster scents (he created Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male at the beginning of his career—and then went on to do dozens more scents for pretty much every big fashion house around), but it’s his special projects that we love best. He helped artist Sophie Calle bottle the smell of money in 2003, and in 2006 he re-created the scent of Marie Antoinette for an installation at Versailles. It’s no surprise that at his namesake gallery-like boutiques in the 1st and 4th arrondissements, things are done a little differently: Perfumes are set against a wall of light, and the offerings go well beyond the traditional. His signature scents infuse everything from incense paper to leather bracelets to home sprays, and his now-famous traveling perfume case is on hand should you require a custom fragrance.