Balmain has always had an keen eye for brillant clothes. Growing up with a family who owned their own fashion boutique, Pierre has been around clothes since he was seven years old. His father passed away when Balmain was very young. He then spent most of his days with his mother and her sisters in a dress shop they ran. Pierre Balmain opened his first Couture house in 1945 and over time it became just as popular as Christian Dior. In 1945 Balmain created his first fragrance, Vent Vert, which is still in production today. By 1951, Balmain branched off into the United States. Balmain was able to open up several ready-wear shops and increased the French style.