Bespoke Beauty :: My Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Atelier Renard SLG

Bespoke Beauty, Perfumed Leather Perfection



Now normally I don’t talk to much about my luxury items on here except for beauty, skincare and of course fragrance. But I do also collect and have an appreciation for bags and small leather goods (SLGs). Recently my SA at Neiman Marcus let me know about a special trunk show they were having, and about some very incredible little SLGs from Atelier Renard and Francis Kurkdjian.

When my SA told me about these pieces I was instantly excited. I love the history behind fragrances. How is spans and intertwines with different times, cultures and religions. And I was always fascinated with the perfumed gloves of the 17th century. So when I found out one of my favorite houses (and noses) was partnering with a master leather workshop to create special perfumed leather items I knew this was something I had to check out.


Francis Kurkdjian and Brigitte Montaut looking through leather samples and notes. Credit


I think what really fascinates me about this collaboration between these two masters of their craft is that at started with a bag: That Bag then created a spark of admiration, respect which then blossomed and breathed life into a beautifully perfect collaboration.

The pieces range from single card cases to twin sets: in either American Alligator or Calfskin. In an assortment of colors you can really find just about anything you would want looks wise. SMELL wise the fragrance is unreal!

It’s safe to say I LOVE leather fragrances, so the beautiful resinous and rich fragrance paired with the supple leather is something truly special. I wish Francis Kurkdjian would make a fragrance like that with the leather. It reminds me very much of Grand Soir and Cologne Pour le Soir. The fragrance is supposed to last at least 2 years so I am excited to be able to enjoy this for that long!


Me comparing my choices to my current SLGs in Use (Bottega Veneta Cardcase, LV Key Holder and Prada Saffiano Leather Wallet). That Green Alligator was almost the winner, but I got the calfskin twinset instead. Photo Credit, Me

Overall I am completely enraptured with the quality of my piece and the fragrance. It’s a beautiful union of 2 perfect worlds colliding to create something amazing. I am looking forward to what they have in store for us in the future!


Alligator and Calfskin Twinsets in a beautiful assortment of colors. Credit


I was lucky to be able to experience these firsthand. They are not available online, only in select Bergdorf Goodman Stores and Certain Maison Francis Kurkdjian boutiques. I would contact them directly to see what is available.

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Brightest Fragrances Perfect for Spring & Summer

I did a video a bit ago and I shared the brightest and most vivacious fragrances in my collection, and I wanted to share them on here as well!


My Choices

Creed Acqua Fiorentina
D&G Light Blue
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria
Commodity Bergamot
Armani Prive Eau de Jade
by Kilian Bamboo Harmony
Elizabeth Arden Yuzu Green Tea
Atelier Cologne Clementine California
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Forte

I chose these because they are bright, energizing, effortless and easy to wear. Since it is so ridiculously hot and humid here (South Florida!!) It’s always Spring and Summer fragrance season! I have been specifically interested in these recently, because it has been a lot hotter and humid more recently then the last few months (Christmas was like 90 degrees) and I have been super obsessed with specifically bright and biting citruses!

I’d love to know your favorite spring and summer fragrances!!! Let me know!

Some of My Favorite Fragrances

I am a SUCKER for perfume. REALLY, it’s bad. I can’t even walk within 10 feet of any perfume counter without buying something!

So I have about 50 bottles and about 150 samples of different perfumes, I try to rotate everyday between different scents, but there are a few that are definitely my most favorite, the ones I usually go for first, or wear any time of the year (a TRAVESTY I know).

Here are some of my favorites, and in no order.

Bvlgari – Rose Essentielle


This is my FAVORITE rose scent. Its lovely, and deep and has beautiful notes of Rose, Sandalwood, and a touch of musk! I wear this at least 3 times a week.


Maison Francis Kurkdjian – Aqua Universalis Forte


This is a lovely, vibrant and bright scent. I usually wear it in the spring and summer. Beautiful notes of Citrus and delicate flowers. Also he has developed some of my most favorite scents from other houses as well. The man is a genius!

Bvlgari – Au The Vert


Springy and citrusy green tea fragrance! I care a travel size of this in my purse everywhere I go. Its so clean smelling, and luscious!

Other Top contenders where

Le Labo – Baie Rose 26 – slightly sweet with allspice, cloves, rose and musk. I am all out, and since they make these perfumes in small batches I have to wait until I can get another bottle

Lolita Lempicka – Sour Cherries, Lily of the valley and a touch of licorice

Maison Francis Kurkdjian -Oud Cashmere Mood – Sweet Oud smell, thats nice and rick smelling with a touch of vanilla.