Davidoff is a Swiss tobacco goods house founded by Henri Davidoff and family in the early 20th century. The first Davidoff tobacconist shop opened in Geneva in 1912. Henri's son Zino Davidoff spent the 1920s in Central and South America, learning the tobacconist trade. He returned to his family in 1929 and used his knowledge and experience to open a specialty cigar shop in 1930. The original tobacconist shop was sold in 1970, but Zino Davidoff stayed on as the brand's ambassador until his death in 1984.
The brand expanded into perfumes, leather goods, and accessories in the 1980s. The first fragrance introduced by the company was Davidoff for Men, in 1984. The Davidoff brand achieved remarkable success with the introduction of Cool Water, one of the first in the Aromatic Aquatic fragrance category and often imitated by men's fragrances in the decade that followed. The Davidoff perfumes continues to offer fragrances for men and women in conjunction with Coty.
Davidoff fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Antoine Lie, Aurelien Guichard, Pierre Bourdon, Nathalie Lorson, Philippe Bousseton, Beatrice Piquet, Pierre Wargnye and many others.