The Original Eau de Parfum
The Original: ‘The Perfume inside a book’ is the most exclusive perfume created by Albert Fouquet.
- Eau de Parfum
- Volume: 100 ml / 3.4 fl. oz
- Weight: 500g
- Top notes: pink pepper, cardamom and lemon
- Heart notes: violet leaves, labdanum and dried wood
- Base notes: sandalwood, amber and vetiver
- Country of manufacture: Spain
Albert Fouquet, the son of a Parisian aristocrat, was part of elite French society in the early 20th century. A perfume connoisseur, Fouquet created and perfected various essences in a room on the upper floor of the family chateau for his personal use – with the help of Philippe, the family butler. One night during his summer vacation in 1937 on the French Riviera, Albert met a young American student who was touring France in his convertible, one John F. Kennedy. Within minutes of being introduced, the vain JFK was captivated by the perfume that Albert was wearing. 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."
Albert later received a letter from John in the US, 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 samples, “and if your production allows, another one for Bob”. Without fully understanding the request, Albert decided to send a box with sufficient samples to offset the transport costs.
His perfectionism extended not only to his fragrance. He tasked Philippe to find some beautiful glass bottles in a Parisian pharmacy that would be suitable for his cologne. Finally, he ordered several boxes decorated with the same pattern as the shirt that JFK had been wearing when they met, finally labelling the bottles and boxes with John’s mysterious request: ‘Eight & Bob’.
A few months later, Albert began receiving letters from America with requests from various Hollywood directors, producers, and actors, including Cary Grant and James Stewart. It seemed everyone wanted the Eight & Bob cologne they had apparently discovered through JFK’s father.
In the spring of 1939, Albert died in an automobile accident near Biarritz. Philippe, the only person who could handle the orders, would only continue with the work for a few months, as the start of World War II forced him to leave his job with the Fouquet family. In the final shipments, Philippe hid the precious bottles inside books he had carefully cut by hand to prevent the Nazis from seizing the cologne.
Decades later, thanks to Philippe's family, the formula for “Eight & Bob” has been recovered, along with its carefully crafted production process. And once again, it has become an exclusive cologne, preferred by some of the world’s most elegant men.