Balenciaga’s road to success was much harder than other brands. Rarely have world events influenced other fashion houses as much as world wars impacted Balenciaga.
Born in 1919 in San Sebastian, Spain, the Balenciaga boutique was forced to close its doors due to the Spanish Civil War, and set up shop in Paris instead. While in Paris, the company struggled through the Second World War, but once on the other side flourished by dressing famous families like the Rothschilds and the Kennedys.
Shortly after coming out the other side from the struggle of the Second World War, Balenciaga released their first perfume , Le Dix. The feminine 1947 perfume by Francis Fabron was immediately described as a masterpiece and still gets incredible reviews today.
Only a few other perfumes were made by Cristóbal Balenciaga– theelegant Quadrilleand the mysterious La Fuite des Heures. And it wasn;t until Nicolas Ghesquière took over as Creative Director that fragrance production became a focus for the brand again.
Thankfully, it was easy to pick back up and the substantial experience Balenciaga has in making fragrances is evident in their recent work B. Balenciaga, Florabotanica and Balenciaga Paris.