Neopolitan born Mario Valentino began his career designing specialty shoes. By the 1950's he had become well known. By 1956 he had established a shoe manufacturing company in Naples and opened a number of shops around the world. Patrons included the likes of Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
One-time Valentino employees included Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace, whom he encouraged.
In 1990, the year before his death, Valentino launched a men's fragrance, Ocean Rain, created by legendary perfumer Edmond Roudnitska. It proved to be the last of Roudnitska's creations to be released in his lifetime as he himself passed away in 1996.
If you have any information on Mario Valentino, please share it with us using the message sender below.
Comments On This Article
Add Your Comment
Visit the Museum Bookstore
Perfume books for connoisseurs and collectors
Some are now collectibles themselves!