Created in the early twentieth century by Albert Fouquet, a socialite Parisian aristocrat and a perfume connoisseur, this exquisite fragrance became increasingly in demand within the exclusive social circle he frequented, although it never became commercially available.
One night during his summer vacation in 1937 on the French Riviera, Albert met a young American student who was touring France in a convertible: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. JFK was immediately captivated by the essence that Albert wore and charmed Albert into giving him a bottle. On returning from his vacation, Albert received a letter from John in the U.S. 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 he nevertheless fulfilled John's amusing request and playfully labelled each bottle “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”!
Unfortunately in the spring of 1939, Albert died in an automobile accident which was soon followed by the Nazis invasion of France. To avoid having the precious bottle seized, Albert’s butler and only assistant Philippe, saw not other choice but to ship out the last orders by hiding the bottles inside books that he carefully cut by hand. Today, thanks to the family of Philippe the butler, the formula for “EIGHT & BOB” has been completely recovered, along with its carefully crafted production process and which still includes a secret aromatic plant discovered in 1934 by Albert Fouquet during a trip to Chile.
The secret ingredient: Andrea is a wild plant in short supply due to the altitude and limited area in which it grows; and can only be picked during the months of December and January. The plants gathered undergo a very exacting selection process in which only seven percent are chosen. This process ends between March and April and only then is it known how many units of "EIGHT & BOB" can be bottled; and how many can be allotted of each country.