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Nina Ricci Perfumes

Marian Ricci (nee Nielli) founder her haute couture house in 1932 at the tender age of 20. Using her nickname, ‘Nina’ instead of her first name, she set up shop on Rue des Capucines and quickly made a name for herself due to her exquisite fabric choices and cuts. 

Keeping things in the family, she asked her son, Robert Ricci to build a fragrance empire. He duly did. By launching the 1946 Cœur-Joie (meaning Beautiful Heart) perfume in an epic crystal bottle made by Lalique, he showed the world he was serious about building an empire away from his mother’s shadow. 

In 1948 he doubled-down and produced L’Air du Temps, a new fragrance packaged in a distinctive dove flacon to symbolise love and liberty. The doves illustrated how well he communicated his visions to consumers and helped Nina Ricci rapidly ascend the fragrance best-seller ranks.  

Farouche, Capricci, Fleur de Fleurs, Eau de Fleurs also benefited from Lalique bottles and helped bring to life Robert’s aim of creating collectibles. Unfortunately, only L’Air du Temps has survived over time, but new perfumes such as Nina, Nina L’Elixir, and Nina L’Eau still embody the creative genius of the mother and son combo.  

Nina Ricci is now controlled by Spanish group Puig.