Interparfums Signs Lagerfeld 

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld

Following its split with Burberry, Interparfums has signed a worldwide fragrance licensing agreement with the renowned Karl Lagerfeld haute couture fashion house. The 20-year agreement replaces Lagerfeld’s previous Coty license, which was terminated by mutual consent. The first Lagerfeld launch under Interparfums’ direction is slated for 2014.

Interparfums also recently reported net sales of $477.2 million, for the first nine months of 2012—an increase of 12% vs. last year. “Lanvin fragrance sales rose 12%, Montblanc fragrance sales rose 67% and Jimmy Choo fragrance sales were 44% ahead of the [third quarter] last year,” said Jean Madar, Interparfums’ chairman and CEO.


Givenchy Goes Mental-ist 

Simon Baker
Simon Baker

Parfums Givenchy has tapped The Mentalist actor Simon Baker as the face of a
forthcoming men’s fragrance, to be revealed in spring 2013. The Aussie actor has also appeared in The Devil Wears Prada and will next be seen in I Give It A Year.

“We were won over by Simon Baker’s personality and charisma,” stated Parfums Givenchy’s global president, Thierry Maman. “His natural elegance is perfectly in keeping with our House’s spirit and values.”

Diienno Joins Drom 

Christopher Diienno

Drom Fragrances has announced that perfumer Christopher Diienno has joined the supplier’s creative team at its New York fragrance design studio. With over 29 years of experience at fragrance houses like Roure, Quest and Givaudan, Diienno is also the vice president of the American Society of Perfumers (ASP).

L’Oréal Names Science Laureates 

Deborah Jin
Deborah Jin

The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced the five female scientists from around the world who will be
honored as the 2013 For Women in Science Laureates. Representing North America is Professor Deborah Jin, a physicist at the University of Colorado, whose research focuses on ultracold trapped atoms.

Laureates are chosen annually by an international, independent jury of 13 members, and then will be awarded next March 28 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Each Laureate receives $100,000 for their contributions. “We are convincd that science and women bring hope and foster discovery, innovation and excellence,” stated Jean-Paul Agon, L’Oréal’s chairman and CEO.