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My Favourite Things: Kilian Hennessy

My Favourite Things: Kilian Hennessy
By Hong Kong Tatler
April 15, 2019
The Hennessy cognac scion, who struck out on his own 10 years ago with his eponymous perfume brand, By Kilian, shares a few of his favourite things:

1/5 Per Se

Photography: Deborah Jones
Photography: Deborah Jones

The most amazing restaurant in New York is Per Se. Fine cuisine. Stunning. Opened in 2004, it’s Thomas Keller’s acclaimed interpretation of the French Laundry. His nine-course tasting menu and nine-course vegetable tasting menu using classic French technique and the finest ingredients are simply amazing.

2/5 Gustav Klimt

Photo: AFP Photo
Photo: AFP Photo

What I love about him is that he’s subversive. He was a classical painter who invented a new style of painting. There’s also a lot of mythology and history behind his paintings. I think his work is just fascinating.

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3/5 Fear

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Photo: Shutterstock

I’m reading a book called "Fear" about Donald Trump in the White House. It’s written by Bob Woodward, one of the journalists who exposed Watergate. It’s fascinating, like a soap opera.

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4/5 The Weeknd

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Photo: Shutterstock

I’m into every kind of music—R&B, pop… I might listen to music before going out or when I’m creating mood boards and scents, and I love The Weeknd.

5/5 Osmanthus

Good Girl Gone Bad by Kilian (Photo: Courtesy of Kilian)
Good Girl Gone Bad by Kilian (Photo: Courtesy of Kilian)

My number one perfume, Good Girl Gone Bad, uses osmanthus from China. I use it a lot. It’s a flower that smells like violet, apricot and leather all at once. It’s aromatic. I actually wear it pure.

Follow Kilian Hennessy on Instagram: @bykilian

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