Jacques Fath Cologne

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Jacques Fath Cologne

The name of Jacques Fath is synonymous with haute couture and luxury. Fath was born to a family of creative artists, illustrators and writers, so it was natural for the young man to become interested in fashion and design. His education consisted of studying fashion in the museums of Paris and reading books on the subject. He opened his own salon, and when he was 25, presented his first fashion collection in 1937.

Fath's business changed locations in Paris a number of times. However, the success of his collections grew rapidly. By the 1950s, he became a favorite of models and actresses, including Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth. He was known as the little prince of haute couture in Paris.

Fath was a mentor to a number of future legendary names in the fashion world, including Givenchy, Valentino and Guy Laroche. After Fath's death in 1953 from leukemia, the designer's widow ran the company for another four years. The company's fashion collections were curtailed, and it turned to fragrances, hosiery and accessories.

Striving to attract a younger audience, the House of Fath introduced its first fragrance, Fath de Fath, in 1953. Fragrances were produced under the license of L'Oreal until 1992. The company changed hands multiple times after that, and each tried to recapture the tradition of luxury that Fath embodied.

As of August 2014, there are 19 perfumes in this venerable house of renowned fragrances. Perfumers include the notable Olivier Gillotin and Raphael Haury.

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