If you thought the battle to dress JFK was competitive, imagine the skirmish over his scent.
According to a New York Daily News piece recently dispatched to Ivy Style HQ, there were four fragrances associated with the late president. Two are familiar, and two probably not.
The four fragrances are:
Jockey Club by Caswell Massey, which is in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library’s store:
4711, a German cologne that one of JFK’s dalliances claimed she had to wash off:
Vetiver by Creed was apparently a freebie for all who hold the Oval Office:
Newest to the market and hardest to verify is Eight & Bob, a European perfume that claims to be the scent of JFK’s college years.
As the legend — and marketing materials — go, a young Kennedy met hobbyist perfumer Albert Fouquet in France in 1937 and complimented him on the cologne he was wearing. The next day, Fouquet delivered samples to Kennedy’s hotel. The pair stayed in touch after Kennedy returned to the States, and JFK later requested more samples — eight, in total, and “one for Bob” (his brother, future senator Bobby Kennedy).
Four seems a good number of scents to have in one’s rotation — it’s the number I typically have on hand. Who of you likes to smell the same every day? And who is an inveterate collector? Sound off on one of menswear’s most subjective subjects. — CC