At the end of the 19th century, Ferdinand Claus and Georges Schweder, two entrepreneurs from Germany, decided to create a soap and fragrance factory in the historic city of Porto.
Permit and plans of the new building built in 1891 on Rua Serpa Pinto in Porto.
The company wins a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition.
Claus Porto's international recognition begins with a gold medal award at the Universal Exhibition in Saint Louis, in the United States.
Achilles de Brito, an accountant at Claus & Schweder since 1903, becomes a partner in the company.
With the First World War spreading across Europe, the company's founder, Ferdinand Claus, leaves the country. Willy Thessen also leaves the country, but returns in 1918. Photo: J.Benoliel.
The Ach. Brito Group acquires the assets of the former Claus & Schweder company, thus bringing together Ach. Brito and Claus & Schweder.
Honorary diploma from the 1st Autumn Salon of Feminine Elegance and Decorative Arts, sponsored by the Society of Fine Arts. Initiative and organization of Voga magazine.
Ach. Brito Patti soap has become one of the most popular and important in the company. The name is a tribute to the famous opera singer, Adelina Patti.
Claus Porto products for men are now marketed under the newly created Musgo Real brand.
Claus Porto celebrates its 50th anniversary. A special edition 'Bodas de Ouro’ is published to celebrate the anniversary, and several commemorative memorabilia are produced.
Ach. Brito sets up its own lithography and printing studio, reproducing its handmade labels on a larger scale.
Equipped with state-of-art technology, the lithography also starts producing materials for other companies. Tabaqueira, Sandman, Real Vinícola, Real Companhia Velha, Porto Calem and Burmester are just some of them.
Willy Thessen, one of the company's first directors, is forced to leave for health reasons.
A special edition celebrating the company's anniversary.
The great-grandchildren of Achilles de Brito, Aquiles and Sónia Brito, start a new chapter for the company, introducing the brand's products to the luxury goods market in the USA, Canada and England.
The old Ach.Brito and Claus Porto Factory in Porto, 1999. Today the new and modern facilities are located in Vila do Conde.
With the arrival of the new millennium, Claus Porto continues its international expansion, reinforcing its position in the luxury market.
Decades of experience and tradition in the production of cosmetics and perfumes are used to launch of new products, such as candles, home diffusers, hand creams and colognes.
The brand goes through a rebranding process, which begins with the change of its visual identity, but always respecting the heritage and history of the fragrance house.
BOOKS OF TREASURE
At the company's headquarters, there is a huge iron safe, dating from the end of the last century, where treasures are kept.
Our history is the most valuable thing we keep at Claus Porto.
The albums we present here are just some examples of our very rich visual archive.
Stamps and labels designed and produced by Ach. Brito and Claus Porto over the decades.
The quality and aesthetics that made Claus Porto famous presented in labels from the beginning of the 20th century.
The main characters and events of the time were transformed into special edition labels.
Decorative packaging labels and garlands from the 20th century.
One of the main features in the brand's design is the choice of colors and contrasting details, including gold and silver.
Floral compositions, patterns and artistic motifs, that together create a universe of visual celebration.
Creativity and commitment, much more than technology, determine our ability to create beauty.
THE ART OF MAKING
Until today, Claus Porto's factory continues to produce soaps according to the brand's traditions in its hometown, Porto.
It all starts with the mixing process, in which Claus Porto combines decades of experience with contemporary formulas, enriched with the best ingredients.
After that, a repetitive grinding process ensures a smooth touch and a long-lasting fragrance. This is followed by the lamination phase, which guarantees soaps’ greater durability.
In the extrusion phase, any remaining grains are compacted and the dough is transformed into a long bar of soap.
Soaps are then cut and molded in a variety of shapes and styles.
In these Musgo Real soaps, the iconic rope, made of pure cotton, is inserted manually using a technique, improved over the years.
The production process respects a strict quality control that cuts across all phases, from the selection of ingredients to the final packaging.
Handcrafting traditions, perfected for more than a century, guarantee the durability and quality of our soaps.
Hand-wrapped in illustrated paper, inspired by Claus Porto's century-old graphic files, and manually sealed, each soap is presented as a work of art.
OBJECTS OF DESIRE
When the work on paper becomes three-dimensional, it is transformed into design object. These are some of the objects that are a part of our history.
Perfume bottles and Colognes from the beginning of the 20th century. The Musgo Real collection was launched in the 1930s, and still remains a masculine grooming classic.
Bronze stamp from the Musgo Real collection and box of soaps from the Deco collection, from the 50s - Ilyria, still produced today.
Some products from the Musgo Real line in the 50's – Soap stick, that has evolved into the Musgo Real shaving cream.
Two different soap boxes from the Deco collection, from the 50's - Lettuce, one of the brand's most iconic designs, is still in the current product range.
Metal and paper packaging - talc and beauty products.
Rare perfume bottles and original boxes from the Lily line, which have inspired the Cerina line of the Deco collection. These boxes are on display at the Flagship store Museum, in Porto.
Musgo Real Soaps from the 1970s.
Products from the Smart perfume line – still in the current line of the brand with an iconic soap from the Classico collection - Smart Rose.
Delicate feminine beauty care objects. A red lipstick, rice powder, and perfume bottle from the luxurious Orchidea line.
THE STORY CONTINUES
Over four generations, Claus Porto has always remained authentic, with fragrances that have been inspired by the scents and landscapes of its country.
Hosting inspiring projects, Claus Porto promises to continue to evolve, exploring new markets and enriching its legacy as an ambassador for Portuguese architecture and traditions.
Combining art and craft, the brand developed its experience in perfumes and cosmetics, always maintaining a deep respect for artisanal manufacture, with a strong artistic influence.
The secret to creating wonderful fragrances is in the olfactory memories of the places that are most dear to us.
The raw materials from our landscapes, that are a part of the Agua de Colonia Collection.