Founded by Italian-born Maria "Nina" Ricci and her son Robert in 1932, Nina Ricci is a French fashion house. Maria served as the house's designer and was known for her elegant, feminine gowns. Robert managed the business and finance end, and made the initial foray into the perfume world.
Nina Ricci's first fragrance, Coeur Joie, was introduced in 1946. The perfume was presented in a beautiful crystal bottle designed by Lalique, and marked the beginning of an historic partnership between the two companies that would last many years.
Nina Ricci's most famous fragrance, L'Air du Temps, in the distinctive dove flacon, was launched in 1948. It is still in production today and remains a bestseller for the company.
Nina Ricci was acquired by Puig in 1998 and continues to produce fashions as well as men's and women's fragrances.
The Ricci family's perfume legacy has also extended to the current generation. Romano Ricci, great grandson of Maria and grandson of Robert, produces fragrances under the brand Juliette Has a Gun.
Nina Ricci has produced a total of 90 perfumes to date. Nina Ricci is an old perfume house. The earliest edition was created in 1946 and the newest is from 2019. Nina Ricci fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Francis Fabron, Germaine Cellier, Jean Guichard, Betty Busse, Jacques Bercia, Michel Hy, Nathalie Feisthauer, David Apel, Cecile Matton, Aurelien Guichard, Rosendo Mateu, Alberto Morillas, Christine Nagel, Christian Vacchiano, Sophie Labbe, Carlos Benaim, Jacques Huclier, Raymond Chaillan, Louise Turner, Sonia Constant, Michel Girard, Calice Becker, Olivier Cresp, Nathalie Gracia-Cetto, Francis Kurkdjian, Maïa Lernout, Fabrice Pellegrin, Christophe Raynaud, Marie Salamagne, Jacques Cavallier and Olivier Polge.
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