ΜΕΘΕΧΙS, Fragrance Foundation UK 2023 Finalist (Independent Category)
Founded in 2014, Manos Gerakinis Parfums is the first niche luxury Greek Perfume House. Every single one of our creations is a reflection on nature, history and art, infused with genuine emotion. These elements are artistically blended together with the aesthetic sensibility of our founder and creative director, Manos Gerakinis.
Manos’s childhood memories of the harvest of roses, saffron, tobacco, labdanum and honey, his flair for painting, his sophisticated sense of style, as well as his fascination with history, philosophy and culture became the cornerstones of our House.
Manos Gerakinis Parfums embrace the significance of individuality, diversity, and self-expression, while exploring universal emotions and timeless beauty. For this, we do not hesitate to break boundaries between East and West, masculine and feminine, simplicity and extravagance. Passionate with artistic perfumery and committed to defying preconceptions, we are ever eager to try new creative paths.
Our founder’s personal creative journey started as early as his formative childhood years in Kavala, Greece, defined by the varied cultural influences of this historical city, and of his family that originated in Istanbul. Following an adolescence filled with drawing lessons, fondness for music and poetry, and even staging plays at school, Manos obtained a University degree in International and European Studies.
After finishing his postgraduate studies in London, he decided to remain there; he lived in this vibrant city for more than a decade, working in the luxury sector, while often traveling around the world. During that time, Manos developed his eclectic taste, an eye for detail, an appreciation for fine craftsmanship, and a profound respect for all cultures.
Upon returning to Greece in 2012, and after spending months dressed strictly in uniform during his military service, he -more than ever- realized the importance of both fashion, and perfume, as means of self-expression. He decided to stay in Greece, and pursue a professional activity in that spirit: creating pieces of wearable art that would reflect various moods and sentiments.
To mark the new period in his life, he orchestrated the creation of a bespoke perfume: initially meant only for him, it was a captivating, powerful fragrance encompassing his favourite spicy, floral, woody, and ambery notes. This head-turning scent caused so much admiration whenever he wore it, that it gave him the idea to establish his own Perfume House. That particular fragrance would become the first release of Manos Gerakinis Parfums, under the name “Sillage Royal”.
It was the beginning of a new, exciting journey that eventually led to more supreme-quality fragrances, precious limited editions, important artistic collaborations, and undiminished passion for envisioning the perfumes to come. Moreover, the experience of Manos Gerakinis’s creative universe has been becoming increasingly multisensory: next to our beautiful perfumes, we also propose high-quality candles and fine silk scarves, enriching the olfactory journey with sight and touch.