Albert Fouquet, the son of a Parisian aristocrat, was part of elite French society in the early twentieth century and a perfume connoisseur. In a room on the upper floor of the family chateau, Fouquet created and perfected various essences for his own personal use – aided by Philippe, the family butler. At social events he would surprise everyone with an exquisite fragrance that became increasingly in demand within the exclusive social circle he frequented. In 1934 he created a sublime fragrance from delicate flowers harvested from the Andes Mountains in Chile. However, Fouquet continually rejected proposals to market his fragrance. One night during his summer vacation in 1937 on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur), Albert met and got on very well with a young American student who was touring France in a convertible, John F. Kennedy. Within minutes of being introduced, the vain JFK was captivated by the essence that Albert wore. John’s charm and congeniality persuaded Albert to leave him a sample of his cologne with a note at the hotel the following morning: “In this bottle, you will find the dash of French glamour that your American personality lacks.” On returning from his vacation, Albert received a letter from John in America thanking him for the kind gesture and informing him of the success his perfume was enjoying among his friends. He requested that Albert send him "eight bottles, and if your production allows, another one for Bob." Albert's perfectionism extended not only to the fragrance but everything surrounding it. He didn’t fill the order until Philippe found some beautiful glass bottles in a Parisian pharmacy that Albert considered suitable for his cologne. Finally, he procured several boxes decorated with the same pattern as the shirt that JFK was wearing when they met, and then labeled the bottles and boxes with John's amusing request, “EIGHT & BOB." Albert was surprised a few months later when he began receiving letters from America with requests from various Hollywood directors, producers, and actors such as Cary Grant and James Stewart. Everyone wanted the EIGHT & BOB cologne they had apparently discovered through John's father, who had maintained relationships with well-known stars because of his previous business ventures in the movie industry. EIGHT & BOB has become one of the most exclusive colognes, preferred by the world’s most elegant men.
In 1935, Albert decided to fulfill a promise made to visit Ahmed, a childhood friend, and accomplish one of his dreams at the same time. Albert was fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture and while visiting his friend in Egypt he could enjoy lengthy tours of the Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as the temples of Luxor and Hatshepsut. For Albert Fouquet, the visit was also an opportunity to travel to the birthplace of perfume. He wanted to research the essences that have been in use for thousands of years. He was also curious to discover what was in those extraordinarily aromatic jars offered to the gods to protect the pharaohs, or in the scents used to satisfy the revered Cleopatra. This wonderful visit was enriched from the moment Albert passed through the doorway approaching Ahmed’s home. The impressive garden of his villa contained dozens of flowers that were unknown to Albert. Albert was overwhelmed by new sensations and when he was unable to extend his already lengthy visit, he planned a second trip four months later with the express intention of finding a unique perfume. After several weeks of intense work in the villa of Ahmed, Albert Fouquet selected the final details of a new formula after returning to his chateau in Paris. EGYPT became part of his exclusive and private perfume collection.
For Albert Fouquet, Antibes on the Côte d'Azur was heaven. In this charming village on the French Riviera, Albert enjoyed long holidays during the 1930s in the company of the elite of European aristocracy – holidays that extended from spring until the last days of summer. At that time, only a few were privileged enough to enjoy the elegant and ‘discreet luxury’ of spending the summer months on the French Riviera. Unforgettable mornings were spent sailing in the Grande Bleue, golden sunsets were enjoyed from the gardens of the Eden Roc Hotel, and balmy evenings were enlivened with exclusive celebrations and charming parties. Albert dreamt about these summers during the cold Parisian winters. Like any artist who strives for perfection, he spent many weeks delicately crafting a fragrance that captured the essence of his memories of those summer days. The result was CAP D’ANTIBES, created in 1937. A fragrance that was made for the exclusive enjoyment of its creator and became a favourite in his private collection.
Every spring, Albert Fouquet went from Antibes on the French Rivera to Provence to partake in the splendid spectacle of colours and the wonderful aromas. The scent CHAMPS DE PROVENCE was born from Albert Fouquet and the reminiscences of the magnificence of Provence, the eternity of its sunsets and its landscapes unchanged throughout history. A 1939 trip captured the essence of Provence in its purest form. A captivating perfume from Albert's private collection effervescent with the freshness and the beautiful floral aromas of Provence.
After so many years, it is a pleasure to share the originality of the best perfumes created by Albert Fouquet and help ensure they reach the hands of those fortunate enough to share his tastes.