Born on 8 November 1935 in Sceaux, Alain Delon saw his parents, Edith and Fabien, separate when he was 4. He was then entrusted to the care of a host family, the Néreau's, in Fresnes, before being sent to a Catholic boarding school.
At 17, he joined the Navy and set off for Indochina. In 1956, back in France, he did several ""odd jobs"" before, in 1957, being spotted by Yves Allégret, who offered him a role in ""Quand la femme s'en mêle"".
This was the start of a long career of 82 films, shot with the greatest directors, from Antonioni to Melville, and including Visconti, Clément, Verneuil, Malle, Losey, to mention but a few.
In 1978 he created his own trademark and formed the ""Alain Delon Diffusion SA"" company in Geneva. His first fragrance, ""AD"", immediately met with huge commercial success. This was followed in 1981 by a fragrance for women ""Le Temps d'Aimer"". Champagne, cognac, watches, spectacles, clothing and accessories were gradually added to complete the range of his label.
Alain Delon in his own words:
Everything in life is circumstances.
The chance of a few encounters gradually led to the range of products that started some years ago with a a line of perfumes and completed, since, to become a genuine label.
With the help of my partners, I developed, renewed, and improved the label, always paying attention to the consistency of its quality, which is the prime criteria for goods bearing my name.