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Smells a lot like… John F. Kennedy. When JFK met French aristocrat Albert Fouquet in 1937, he fell in love with Fouquet’s hand-crafted fragrance and asked him for a sample. Back in the US, John asked Albert to please send him eight more samples, “And if your production allows, another one for Bob,” with Bob being JFK’s brother; Robert F. Kennedy. Albert fulfilled the order and labeled the bottles and boxes with John’s amusing request: “Eight & Bob.” Many more requests from the Hollywood elite followed. In 1939, a road accident in Biarritz cut short Fouquet’s life and with it the production of Eight & Bob. However, his trusty butler Philippe who had assisted in the production of the original fragrance, continued the final shipments by placing remaining bottles inside carefully cut out books, hiding them from the Nazi’s during World War II. Thanks to the family of Philippe, the formula for “Eight & Bob” has been completely recovered, along with its carefully crafted production process, and its packaging: hidden in a book. And once again, it has become one of the most exclusive colognes, preferred by the world’s most elegant men.
With top notes of Pink Pepper, Cardamom and Lemon, heart notes of Violet Leafs, Labdanum and Dry Woods, and base notes of Sandalwood, Amber and Vetiver, it is the secret ingredient, ‘Andrea,’ that forms the soul of the original Eight & Bob fragrance. In January 1934 Albert Fouquet traveled to Chile and returned to Paris with several sprigs of ‘Andrea,’ the name Albert had given a wild plant he’d found in the Andes. In short supply due to the altitude and limited area in which it grows, the plant 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 to each country.
Albert Fouquet, the son of a Parisian aristocrat, created and perfected various essences for his own personal use aided by Philippe, the family butler. One night during his summer vacation on the French Riviera in 1937, Albert met a young American student who was touring France in a convertible: John F. Kennedy. Within minutes of being introduced, JFK became captivated by the essence that Albert wore and persuaded Albert to leave him a sample of his cologne. Albert did so and on returning from his vacation, he 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,” Bob being JFK’s brother; Robert F. Kennedy. Albert fulfilled the order and labeled the bottles and boxes with John’s amusing request: “Eight & Bob.” Requests from Hollywood directors, producers, and actors such as Cary Grant and James Stewart followed. Unfortunately, Albert died in a car accident in 1939. For several months, Philippe continued Albert’s work but World War II would force the loyal butler to leave his job with the Fouquet family. In his final shipments, Philippe hid the bottles inside books that he carefully cut by hand to prevent the Nazis from seizing the cologne. Thanks to Philippe’s family, the formula for “Eight & Bob” has been completely recovered, along with its carefully crafted production process. Once again, it has become one of the most exclusive colognes, still hidden in a book, and preferred by the world’s most elegant men.