Ilias Ermenidis was born in Istanbul and moved to Athens at the age of ten. Leaving his home in Athens at the age of eighteen, Ilias relocated to France to study at the Institut Supérieur International du Parfum (ISIPCA) in Versailles. After studying there for three years, Ilias continued his training at Creations Aromatiques in Paris, and then he was hired by Firmenich in Geneva in 1986. He worked as a Fine Fragrance Perfumer at Firmenich Paris from 1988 to 1995. Ilias now lives and works in New York.