A FRENCHMAN TRAVELS TO ISTANBUL
Our story begins in 1895. Jean Cesar Reboul, a young French pharmacist, was traveling through Istanbul on his way to Trabzon, a city in the northeastern part of Turkey, to visit his father, who was working as an engineer to build the highway from Hopa to Trabzon. Istanbul, with its unique blend of old-world mystique and modern commerce, immediately captured his imagination. The entrepreneur in him was awakened, and he found the perfect spot, on Rue de Pera in Beyoglu, to open one of Turkey’s first pharmacies, the Grande Pharmacie Parisienne, or the Great Paris Pharmacy.
FROM APPRENTICE TO PARTNER
When he finished his studies as one of the first graduates of the University of Istanbul’s Faculty of Pharmacy in 1923, Kemal was offered a lucrative position with the government. Yet he opted instead to continue working alongside his mentor, where he could pursue his passion for research and development within the pharmacy field. For the next decade, the two pharmacists laboured side by side, their mutual curiosity and fascination with their profession propelling them forward and prompting them to create innovative, forward-thinking products for their customers
In 1936, Mr. Reboul invited Kemal to be a full-fledged partner in the pharmacy. The pharmacy’s name was changed to Kemal and Rebul Pharmacy. In 1938, Kemal changed the name to Rebul Pharmacy, to pay homage to the mentor who had given him so much.
THE ONLY PHARMACY STILL EXIST TODAY: REBUL
In 1939, Mr. Reboul decided to return to France, leaving his beloved pharmacy in the capable hands of his protégè and business partner, Kemal. Kemal changed the name to Rebul Pharmacy, to pay homage to the mentor who had given him so much. Rebul, which was founded in Beyoglu 125 years ago as Turkey's first pharmacy, has since been continuing to create specialized products and formulas in its own laboratory to meet the health and beauty needs of its millions of customers in the most lively area of Istanbul.
THE PHARMACY TRADITION LIVES AT ATELIER REBUL
Having been reinterpreted as a former cosmetics workshop with inspiration from 125 years ago, Rebul now processes the purity of nature with the precision of an artist, combining beauty and health with scientific expertise through its ATELIER REBUL stores, thanks to its generations of know-how and experience. Our founder Jean Cesar Reboul's statement that ’Quality and Trust is the Most Significant Legacy of the Rebul Family’ is the essence of all the work we do today.