Jean Patou was born in Normandy, France, in 1880. In 1912 Patou opened Maison Parry, a small dressmaking salon in Paris, and sold his entire 1914 collection to one American buyer. His collections were successful from the start. In the early 20's, his inspired work in the sportswear field gave fashion another dimension. In 1928, Jean Patou created "Huile de Caldee, the first sun lotion. Patou was a giant of the fashion world, dominating both couture and ready-to-wear.