In 1985, at the age of 26, Francis Kurkdjian created a perfume that would become the catalyst for his career; the perfume was Le Male for Jean Paul Gaultier. Now, the French-Armenian perfumer, who launched his eponymous brand in 1999 with French-Lebanese businessman Marc Chaya, has become the latest to sell to the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) portfolio.

Speaking about the new partnership in which both Kurkdjian and Chaya will continue in their roles, Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH says: "I am delighted to welcome Maison Francis Kurkdjian to the LVMH Group. Their avant-garde spirit and the quality of their creations give this fragrance House great potential and a promising future."

"LVMH clearly understands the nature of our Maison, and the Group's approach to custom-crafted creativity guarantees that our distinctive identity will thrive for the long-term," added Kurkdjian, who has also previously crafted perfumes for Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Nina Ricci, Dior, Kenzo, Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent and Elizabeth Arden.

Oud Satin Mood by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian, including the new Oud Satin Mood fragrance, is available across the Middle East at Paris Gallery in the UAE and Qatar, Secret Notes in Saudi Arabia, Jamal in Iran, Harvey Nichols in Kuwait and ABC in Lebanon.