Cordoba, Argentina native Nicolas Malleville hails from a mixed heritage of Basque French ancestors on his paternal side, and Italian on his maternal side. Malleville was scouted in San Ignacio, Uruguay at age twenty-one while studying Landscape Architecture. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Paris, and then to London to embark on a career in modeling.
While abroad, Malleville forged working relationships with Tom Ford, Carine Roitfeld, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Templer, Anastasia Barbieri, and sat for photographers such as Peter Lindberg, Steven Meisel, Mikael Jansson, Mario Testino, and Steven Klein. Perhaps most significantly, he served as a muse to Tom Ford during his final seasons at Gucci. He also signed contracts with Estée Lauder, and appeared in two fragrance campaigns for Carolina Herrera, and Donna Karan.
In 2002, Malleville moved to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and combined his professional career as a model with his knowledge of landscape architecture. He created original fragrances, and small resorts all around the area, including Tulum, and Merida.
The development of Coqui Coqui Perfumes, Residences & Spa allowed him to enhance his passion for fragrance and beauty, things he learned to appreciate while traveling as a young model. He has received significant media attention for his new projects, including the pages he once graced such as W, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Telegraph, and Vogue Hommes International. Currently, Malleville spends his time art directing personal projects in Mexico, Italy and Argentina.