We started AER because we love perfume. We've always loved perfume. But in a world full of commercial synthetics, we just couldn't find The Perfect Scent. We wanted a fragrance that was bold and unique, but also fairly traded, and made with natural ingredients. We couldn't find it. So we made our own...
Ted Young-Ing, Creative Director
Ted (on the left) is an internationally respected Designer and Creative Director. He designed the AER brand.
“Perfume has always been a passion of mine. I remember my father’s bottle of Aramis beside the bathroom sink. And I remember the smell of my mother spraying Patou before leaving the house. I remember my first bottle of perfume: Geoffrey Beane’s Grey Flannel. ”
Ted worked as a designer at famous London branding agency The Partners, before becoming an Art Director at Gucci Group (now called Kering), working on the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent brands and helping to launch several iconic Gucci and YSL scents.
Ted is the former Head of Creative at furniture retailer Habitat, and former Art Director of cycling brand Brooks England. He is also the founder of the Tweed Run, an international vintage cycling event.
Ted misspent his youth in nightclubs and music venues where developed a healthy appreciation for underground culture. His aesthetic is a marriage of high and low, of glamourising the unexpected, of stark contrasts, of beauty, with an edge.
AER Accord No. 1: Nagarmotha was originally developed as a private scent for Ted.
Stefan Kehl, Head of Perfume
Stefan Kehl (on the right) is AER’s Head of Perfume and the creator of AER's first collection.
Stefan is one of Germany’s best-known Make-Up Artists. He has fostered a lifelong love of beauty, beginning his career as a Hairdresser, and soon moving to Make Up Artist with a focus on fashion and advertising. He was an educator at Germany’s largest and most famous make-up academies, then moved to New York City to become a hair and beauty consultant, partnering with brands like Shu Uemura and Chanel. He recently returned to Berlin where he has added television hosting to his credits.
Stefan has always been obsessed with scents and perfumes, and pursued perfumery in his spare time. He spent years developing his nose and his scent aesthetic, before taking a natural perfuming course in London and then attending the prestigious ISIPCA perfume programme. He enjoys challenging the traditions of perfuming, and layering the richness of botanicals with a radical new simplicity.