Born and raised in Newark New Jersey and a graduate of Parsons School of Design, American born Narciso Rodriguez spent his early days working freelance before landing a job at Anne Klein under Donna Karan and then later at Calvin Klein
. His breakout year came in 1995—while working as Design Director at TSE in New York, Rodriguez simultaneously held the same post at Cerruti in Paris where he was called upon to design the wedding gown for the late Carolyn Bessette.
Rodriguez soon moved on to his
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own label and introduced his first collection in 1997—the same year he won the Best New Designer awards from Vogue/VH1 and the Council of Fashion Designers in America and the same year he was appointed Design Director for the women’s ready to wear collection at Loewe. 2001 saw Rodriguez return to the United States for his collection where he was awarded the "Designer of the Year" awards in 2002 and 2003 from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Riding on this high, Rodriguez launched his first fragrance in partnership with Beaute Prestige International in 2003. Narciso Rodriguez for Her is a modern abstract sweet floral perfume with a woody composition and musky notes. The companion fragrance, Narciso Rodriguez for Him, was introduced in 2007 and is an aromatic and charismatic scent, musky in nature, but at the same time with a unique twist that only Rodriguez could deliver. Other Rodriguez fragrances include Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musc and the perfumes Narciso Rodriguez Musc, Essence and Essence Musc.