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In 1937, when John F. Kennedy was a college student, he toured France. Whilst there, he struck up a conversation with a strange Frenchman about the fragrance he was wearing. Turns out that the delicious-smelling Frenchman, Albert Fouquet, liked to dabble in perfume-making. According to Eight & Bob lore, Fouquet left a fragrance sample at JFK's hotel with a note that said, "In this jar, you will find the dash of French glamour that your American personality lacks." After returning to the states, JFK requested that Fouquet send him eight more samples, “and if your production allows, another one for Bob”. Not knowing what he meant, Fouquet decided to send the samples, but would only do so when Philippe the butler has managed to locate beautiful glass bottles worthy of the fragrance. When the order arrived in the states, JFK found several boxes decorated in the same shirt pattern as the one he was wearing when the two gentlemen met, and Albert that denoted JFK’s request: EIGHT & BOB.