Martine Assouline was born in the Ivory Coast and grew up in Peru before moving to Europe, where she studied interior design in Switzerland and law in France. Following her studies, she worked in public relations for several companies before becoming the head of communication at Rochas, the French fashion and beauty brand. In 1994, Martine founded Assouline with her husband, Prosper, launching a luxury publishing house offering a new style of books. The company quickly became a leader within the fashion and luxury industries as a world-renowned publishing brand. Since then, Assouline has published more than 1,700 books covering art, travel, design and more, with distribution channels and branded boutiques all over the world. Today, Martine lives with her husband and their son Alexandre in New York City, where the headquarters of the company were established. She manages the editorial process of each book and works closely with her team to create the extraordinary Assouline titles. She conceptualized and developed the internationally acclaimed “Travel Series,” books that are known for their vibrant, colorful covers and highlight the most sought-after cities and locales in the world. Martine has been honored with an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco in 2009. She has also served as a co-chair for the Paris Brain Institute since 2021.