Pekji is an independent Turkish perfume brand, founded by the Istanbul perfumer Ömer İpekçi. Before officially launching Pekji had a growing underground existence for years, as the perfumes made for a small circle of perfume enthusiasts quickly garnered a dedicated following through word of mouth.
Encouraged by an audience who looks for substance before marketing, Pekji now opens its doors to a wider world. Still as determined to create inspired perfumes that deserve to exist.
An illustrator and graphic designer by trade, Ömer İpekçi was born in Istanbul where he currently resides. A childhood spent between the high altitudes of rural Black Sea, the idyllic Mediterranean coast and the chaotic urban Istanbul has taught him to appreciate contrasting environments and cultures for what they are.
Before taking on perfumery, İpekçi also sought creative expression in painting, music, photography, and calligraphy without making them public.
“Perfume is an underappreciated shortcut to trigger emotion without words and images getting in the way. It can and should be more than seeking status or smelling acceptable.”
The launch collection “RE:COLLECTION” is comprised of five perfumes to represent the brand, featuring refined versions of the earlier releases of Ruh, Odoon, Eaumer, Battaniye and a new composition Zeybek. Aggressive, emotional, tactile and ambient qualities are common traits of the collection.
Natural and synthetic, rare and common, affordable and costly materials come together in these eclectic compositions that were composed without concerns like cost, market appeal or common sense.
The perfumes strike a certain balance between familiarity and novelty, exploring new territory without seeming alien. They are layered and detailed, holding up to further inspection for an audience expecting more from perfume.