Born in Turin, Italy in 1883, Nina Ricci started as an apprentice dressmaker at 14, in Paris. She founded her company in 1932 at the age of 49. L’Air Du Temps’, Ricci’s entry into the fragrance market, was launched in 1948 and in 1950 Nina Ricci retired and her son Robert took over the business. He expanded the company’s line adding more fragrances and licensing the name Nina Ricci to other manufacturers. Nina Ricci died in 1970. Her son Robert passed away in 1988. Nina Ricci was purchased by the Puig Beauty & Fashion Group of Barcelona, Spain in 1998.