Edmond "Ted" Lapidus was a Parisian designer born to Russian immigrant parents in 1929. in 1989, Lapidus's son Oliver took over the house. In 2000, the Lapidus label officially ended its couture division and focused exclusively on accessories and fragrances. Ted Lapidus passed away in 2008.
Vu was the first fragrance, a men's scent which appeared in 1975 when the fragrance license was held by L'Oreal. The fragrance license for Ted Lapidus transferred to the Jacques Bogart Group in 1983.