Robert Piguet perfumes began as a fashion design house created by Robert Piguet. Born and raised in Switzerland, he moved to Paris at a young age and eventually worked with the legendary Paul Poiret. In 1933, he launched his own fashion house.
His style was elegance and simplicity, and he had a passion for the arts. He also trained designers in his business that would later become legends - Pierre Balmain, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior and James Galanos.
Piguet also launched perfumes during his career - the legendary tuberose, Fracas, and the leather masterpiece, Bandit, as well as many others. The design house closed in 1951, and Piguet died in 1953.
Robert Piguet Perfume was re-launched by Joseph Garces of Fashion Fragrances and Cosmetics, and they re-edited the classic Piguet perfumes as close to the original as they could and released maybe one a year until 2012, when they released the Nouvelle series - brand new Piguet fragrances! Bois Noir Casbah, Mademoiselle Piguet, Notes and Oud.
Piguet Nouvelle collection will be sold a little differently. Each of the retail outlets that carry Robert Piguet fragrances will be allowed to choose only one of the five for their location. They must pick the one perfume that they believe will appeal to their customer.
Piguet Fracas is the most well-known of the fragrances. It is big, heady tuberose, and everyone who has created a big tuberose fragrance after Fracas knows that is the perfume they will be measured against.
Roja Dove said about Fracas - "Fracas is the big tuberose reference of perfumery, and tuberose is the most carnal of the floral notes. It smells like very, very hot flesh after you’ve had sex — that’s the bottom line. It’s very much in fashion just now, but current fragrances don’t use such an incredible concentration of it. While they may nod towards something carnal, Fracas is carnal all the way."
Piguet Bandit is the second most well-known, and it is the leather chypre that will most likely love you, toss you around a bit and leaves you in a sobbing heap, but grateful you had the experience.