The Nina Ricci Haute Couture House was founded in 1932. Nina Ricci designed gowns while her son Robert Ricci managed the business and finance. She worked with the fabrics directly on the mannequin to ensure they had shape once they were finished. Nina Ricci designs soon became known for the refined, romantic, always feminine feeling Maria adds to all of her collections. n 1941, Robert Ricci created an in-house perfume division. In 1946, Robert created his first fragrance, Coeur Joie. In 1948, Robert came up with another fragrance, L’Air du Temps, the brand's most popular fragrance, which continues to be a top seller today.