Eight & Bob began when American student John F. Kennedy met Parisian aristocrat Albert Fouquet on the Cotes d’Azur in the 1930’s. Not only was he charmed by the man, he was also intrigued by his hand-crafted scent. Upon his return to the US, JFK made a request for eight bottles of scent – ‘and if your production allows, one for Bob’
Eight and Bob, as the cologne came to be known, was a huge hit with the Hollywood elite, but it would languish for decades after Albert’s tragic death in a car crash. WWII forced Fouquet’s assistant Philippe – the only other person who knew the cologne’s formula – to hide his final shipment of bottles inside books that he carefully cut by hand.
But EIGHT & BOB has returned. Based on it’s original formula, this bright, elegant cologne with the rare ‘Andrea’ plant extract from the Andes. The Andrea species 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 and Bob can be produced for the year.
A fragrance with history, Eight and Bob is a true perfume event. The bottle is hidden in a book, just as it was long ago.
Albert Fouquet, the son of a Parisian aristocrat, was part of the elite French society in the early twentieth century and a perfume connoisseur. In a room on the upper floor of the family chateau, Fouquet created and perfected various essences for his own personal use aided by Philippe, the family butler.