French fashion designer, Nina Ricci, was born in Italy in 1883 and moved to France at the age of 12 where just one year later she began an apprenticeship as a dressmaker. Shortly after, she met Luigi Ricci, the son of a Florentine jeweller, whom she married and gave birth to his son, Robert, who would later play an even longer-lasting role in the brand that its founder.
In 1908, Nina Ricci joined the House of Raffin where she worked for 24 years controlling her own department, workshops, seamstresses and clientele. She also had a lucrative side business selling her patterns to regional dressmakers and seamstresses as well as selling her creations directly.
Her son, Robert Ricci, grew up to be a gifted entrepreneur and took over the House of Raffin being responsible for the business side while his mother exercised full creative control. In 1932, the House Of Nina Ricci was founded, and the mother and son collaboration became one of the most successful ventures in the history of couture.