Elizabeth Arden is an American fragrance, skincare and cosmetics company started by Canadian entrepreneur Florence Nightingale Graham in 1910. Graham used Elizabeth Arden as her professional name as well as the name of her company. The company's initial focus was on skincare and cosmetics, and they opened the first Red Door spa in Manhattan, soon expanding to major cities around the world as their empire grew.
Elizabeth Arden was an innovator in the field of women's cosmetics, introducing eye makeup to American women and pioneering the "makeover." The company's first fragrance was Blue Grass, introduced in 1934.
Elizabeth Arden remained at the helm of the company until her death in 1966. In the last part of the 20th century, the company changed hands several times, finally landing with FFI in 2003, who then adopted the prestigious Elizabeth Arden company name as their own.
Escada is an international luxury fashion group founded in Germany by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley. The name Escada means "staircase" in Portuguese.
Starting in Munich in 1978, the company made a name for itself with distinctive colorful and patterned fashions. Escada Beauté was founded in 1990 and saw the release of its first fragrance, Escada Margaretha Ley, named for one of the company's founders. The fragrance division launched a series of successful fragrances for men and women throughout the 1990s and continuing in the 21st century.
Escada fragrances, like the company's fashions, are notable for their bright packaging and unusual bottle shapes. The company's emphasis on youthful fruity-floral scents is credited by many with helping to establish fruity-floral as a new fragrance category. Escada produces fragrances today in conjunction with Procter and Gamble.
The Gap, Inc. is an American clothing retailer based in San Francsico. Gap is just one of the corporation's brand, which also includes Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Piper Lime.
Gap was founded in 1969 by Donald and Doris Fisher. Capitalizing on the current "counter culture" trend of 1969, the store originally sold Levi's jeans (price at that time: $7 US) and LP records for the youth market. The store was opened with just $63,000 in capital but by 1970, sales topped $2 million, and a second store was opened in San Jose. By 1973, the chain had grown to 25 stores and was spreading across the United States. The company began selling its own private-label clothing in 1974.
The Gap, Inc. acquired Banana Republic, then a small venture that offered safari-themed clothing, in 1983. Banana Republic's image and product lines were made over to become the upscale apparel store known by consumers today. The Gap, Inc. then launched Old Navy in 1994, to cover the lower-priced end of the retail clothing market. Shoe retailer Piperlime was created in 2006, and the company rounded out its offerings with Athleta, an athletic apparel retailer for women, which they acquired in 2009.
Today, The Gap, Inc. has more than 3,100 stores worldwide, covering the United States, United Kingdom (the location of the first international store), Canada, China, France, Ireland, Japan and Italy. Franchise retail outlets are also present in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
The company is known for its quality clothing, the memorable advertising campaigns for all the stores under its corporate umbrella and for its social activism. Gap was a participant in the Product Red project, donating 50% of its Product Red profits to global causes. By 2011, Product Red has raised more than $170 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Fragrances for Gap and its brand Banana Republic are produced on collaboration with Inter Parfums, Inc. The first Gap-branded offerings were four unisex scents—Grass, Earth, Day and Heaven—launched in 1994. The company continues to produce new fragrances for men and women has expanded its fragrance line to include accompanying body care products.
Hermès is a French luxury goods house founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermes. Originally focused on equestrian accessories, the company has evolved over time into leather handbags, scarves, accessories, fashion and fragrance.
For Hermès, the perfume adventure begins in 1951 with Eau d’Hermès, composed by Edmond Roudnitska, one of the greatest creative spirits of the world of fragrances.
Ten years later, the birth of Calèche, the establishment’s first women’s perfume, confirmed the involvement of Hermès in the craft of perfume creation. Since then, fragrance has followed fragrance, each signed by the great names of perfume design. The arrival of Jean-Claude Ellena, in 2004, as the in-house perfumer for Hermès, was a decisive step. As an artist of olfactory emotion, an aesthete who goes beyond scale and material, he shares Hermès' sense of craftsmanship and expertise.
The encounter between Edmond Roudnitska and Émile Hermès (grandson of founder Thierry Hermès) gave birth to Eau d’Hermès, which remains one of the crowning glories of French perfumery.
Karl Lagerfeld (born Karl Lagerfeldt) is a German-born artist and fashion designer now based in Paris. Famously elusive about the details of his personal life, he is believed to have been born in the 1930s. His fashion career got off to a prestigious start in 1955 when he was awarded an apprenticeship at Pierre Balmain. He moved on to Jean Patou just three years later, and remained there for five years, designing two haute couture collections each year. His early designs were controversial for their low necklines, low backs and short skirts. Poorly received by critics, the collections nonetheless made a name for Lagerfeld and allowed him to begin working as a freelance designer for such varied houses as Tiziana, Chloe, Curiel and Fendi. In 1983, he took over as creative director for Chanel, where he remains today. Lagerfeld created his own line in 1984 and designed for it until 1997. Lagerfeld Gallery brand was launched in 1998, and has had successful collaborations with Diesel and H&M. The Lagerfeld collection with H&M sold out in just two days. The line changed its name back to Karl Lagerfeld in 2006, and began partnerships with Macy's and Sephora. Karl Lagerfeld is also an accomplished photographer who shoots ad campaigns for Chanel, Fendi and his own line each year. Lagerfeld has also photographed models and celebrities for magazines, and has books of his photos and illustrations published. Lagerfeld's distinct image, with his signature ponytail, dark glasses and gloves, has been immortalized in jewelry, art, dolls, stuffed animals and puppets. Fragrances have been available under the Karl Lagerfeld name since 1978, when Lagerfeld Classic for men was first launched. His women's fragrances Sun, Moon, Stars was an iconic and hugely successful fragrance of the 1990s. Today, Karl Lagerfeld fragrances are produced in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger.
Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer born in 1963. He expressed an early interest in design and graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1981, and continued his studies at Parsons School of Design in New York. A talented student, Marc won two Gold Thimble awards and a Design Student of the Year award while attending Parsons. He also designed and sold his first line of hand-knit sweaters while still a student. In 1986, Jacobs introduced his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label, in conjunction with Kashiyama USA Inc., which led to another award, the Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent. Jacobs joined the Perry Ellis company in 1988, and left Perry Ellis in 1993 to offer clothing under the Marc Jacobs International Company line. The first menswear collection of the company appeared in 1994. Jacobs joined Louis Vuitton as creative director in 1997, and launched their first ready-to-wear collection. A secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, was offered beginning in 2001. Marc Jacobs began offering fragrances in 2001, in conjunction Coty. Marc Jacobs for Women was the first fragrance offering, followed by a companion men's scent in 2002. The brand began offering unisex splash colognes in large bottles emphasizing a single note such as Cotton, Cucumber or Fig, in 2006. His popular womens' scent, Daisy, was launched in 2007 and has inspired a series of flankers. Women's scent Lola in 2009 has also been a best-seller and inspired flankers and limited editions. Bang for men was introduced in 2010 and is a popular choice among young men. Designer Marc Jacobs has 83 perfumes in our fragrance base. The earliest edition was created in 2001 and the newest is from 2018. Marc Jacobs fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Jean-Claude Delville, Ann Gottlieb, Yann Vasnier, Steve Demercado, Alberto Morillas, Annie Buzantian, Frank Vöelkl, Richard Herpin, Givaudan, Amandine Clerc-Marie, Olivier Cresp, Calice Becker, Loc Dong, Ralf Schwieger, Steven Claisse, Mathieu Nardin, Honorine Blanc, Laurent Le Guernec, Carlos Vinals, Vera Vanore, Patricia Choux, Maurice Roucel, Patty Hidalgo and Andrea Lupo.
Montblanc fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Michel Almairac, Sonia Constant, Pierre Bourdon, Olivier Pescheux, Antoine Maisondieu, Bernard Ellena, Nathalie Feisthauer and Corinne Cachen.
Paco Rabanne is a French fashion house founded in 1966. Francisco "Paco" Rabaneda Cuervo, the Spanish-born fashion designer more widely known as Paco Rabanne, fled Spain with his family during the Spanish Civil War. Growing up in Paris, he is an architect by training, but he started his fashion career designing jewelry for other houses before trying his hand at clothing design. He quickly became known for his eclectic fashions featuring unconventional materials such as metal and paper. The house's first perfume is the now-legendary women's scent Calandre, introduced in 1969. A series of innovative fragrances in distinctive bottles for both men and women have followed. Paco Rabanne fashions and fragrances are produced in conjunction with Puig. Designer Paco Rabanne has 83 perfumes in our fragrance base. The earliest edition was created in 1969 and the newest is from 2018. Paco Rabanne fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Michel Hy, Robert Gonnon, Olivier Cresp, Rosendo Mateu, Jean Guichard, Jacques Cavallier, Jean Martel, Pierre Wargnye, Emilie (Bevierre) Coppermann, Fabrice Pellegrin, Mark Buxton, Veronique Nyberg, Anne Flipo, Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion, Nicolas Beaulieu, Juliette Karagueuzoglou, Loc Dong, Fanny Bal, Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, Michel Girard, Beatrice Piquet, Bruno Jovanovic, Caroline Dumur and Gerard Anthony.
Paris Hilton is an American socialite, heiress and media personality. Great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, who founded the international hotel chain Hilton Hotels, Paris Hilton first rose to fame through her work as a fashion model, but her lavish lifestyle and social exploits soon garnered more work and attention than her modeling career. Paris Hilton attained national fame with her debut on the reality telvision series "The Simple Life." Hilton has since appeared in other reality-tv series, and had cameos or small roles in multiple films and television shows. She also produced an album and has published an autobiography. In 2004, Hilton launched a perfume line in conjunction with Parlux. Her first fragrance, Paris Hilton for women, became an international best-seller, and was soon followed by a men's fragrance of the same name. The successful partnership with Parlux continues and a series of men's and women's fragrances have been launched each year. Paris Hilton is one of the most popular celebrity-endorsed brands of the early 21st century. Designer Paris Hilton has 25 perfumes in our fragrance base. The earliest edition was created in 2005 and the newest is from 2018. Paris Hilton fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Frank Voelkl, Mane USA, Honorine Blanc, Steve Demercado, Jean-Claude Delville, Richard Herpin, Jean-Louis Grauby and James Krivda.
Agent Provocateur is a luxury lingerie line established in the UK in 1994 by Joseph Corre and Serena Rees. "Rees and Corré introduced their vision of lingerie avoiding the British prudery that insists on categorising anything to do with sex as sleazy or smutty. The aim was to create an availability of high quality designer lingerie with creative flair to stimulate, enchant and arouse both wearers and their partners." The signature fragrance by the same name was launched in August 2000. Designer Agent Provocateur has 20 perfumes in our fragrance base. The earliest edition was created in 2000 and the newest is from 2018. Agent Provocateur fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Christian Provenzano, Honorine Blanc, Jean-Marc Chaillan and Jean-Claude Delville.
Anna Sui's collections take you on a creative journey that is unparalleled in the world of fashion. Mixing vintage styles with her current cultural obsessions, she effortlessly makes hip and exuberant original clothes. Anna's constant search for new ideas and challenges keeps her ahead of her times. She's a true trendsetter to whom stylists and editors look for direction.
"Since its foundation in 1993, ANNE MÖLLER has been an exclusive cosmetics brand committed to the development of products with proven effectiveness. Its values of honesty, pragmatism and authenticity are present in each one of its treatment, all of which are benchmarks of innovation. Since 2002 it has focused its research on the field of biocellular cosmetics. Formulas that do not disappoint, beauty that recognizes the woman of today and dedication to effectiveness are the seal of the ANNE MÖLLER brand." - a note from the brand.
José Antonio Domínguez Banderas, better known to international film fans as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish actor, director, film producer and singer. Born in 1960, Banderas had early dreams of becoming a football star until an injury sidelined his career aspirations. He began exploring theater and worked in several small troops around Spain, eventually catching the eye of legendary Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. Almodóvar cast the young actor—then just 22 years of age—in his debut film, "Laberinto de Pasiones" ("Labyrinth of Passion"). The pair would work together on a series of successful films in the 1980s that would put both on the path to international stardom. They reunited in 2011 for "La piel que habito" ("The Skin I Live In"). This handsome and talented young actor caught the attention of Hollywood, and he made his American film debut in 1992's "The Mambo Kings." His breakthrough performance as Tom Hanks' life partner in 1993's "Philadelphia" introduced his work to a wider American audience and helped him secure future roles that put him alongside such top Hollywood stars as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Madonna and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He achieved great success in the film series "Spy Kids" with director Robert Rodriguez. Banderas' voice-over work as the charming and humorous Puss in Boots in the "Shrek" series of films has led to a feature film devoted to the character, 2011's "Puss in Boots." Banderas has won or been nominated for numerous awards in both the Spanish and Hollywood film industries. He received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame in 2005. He is also an accomplished singer, and earned a Tony nomination and several awards for his performance in the musical "Nine." In addition to work on stage and screen, Banderas has also produced nine films and directed three. Antonio Banderas is married to American actress Melanie Griffiths and the couple has a daughter. Banderas collaborated with celebrated Spanish fragrance company Puig to release a series of fragrances for men and women, to international success. Designer Antonio Banderas has 67 perfumes in our fragrance base. The earliest edition was created in 1997 and the newest is from 2018. Antonio Banderas fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Rosendo Mateu, Alain Muraour, Sonia Constant, Christophe Raynaud, Elisabeth Vidal, Olivier Cresp, Pierre Wargnye and Fabrice Pellegrin.