Art of Packaging 2013 to Honor Gabai-Pinsky, Aramis 

Veronique Gabai-Pinsky

Veronique Gabai-Pinsky and her charge, the Aramis & Designer Fragrances division of The Estée Lauder Companies—of which she is global president—will be honored at this year’s Pratt Institute Art of Packaging Award Gala. The event, which benefits the Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging Design at Pratt Institute, will be held at New York’s University Club on April 30.

Gabai-Pinsky is also global president of Lauder’s BeautyBank and IdeaBank divisions. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and general manager for fine fragrances, North America, at Symrise. Previous recipients of the Art of Packaging Award include Avon, Bath & Body Works, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Coty Inc., Coty Prestige, Dior Beauty, Estée Lauder, Lancôme, P&G Prestige, Proctor & Gamble, Ralph Lauren Fragrances and Shiseido.

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Fragrance Foundation Names Indie Finalists 

The Fragrance Foundation announced the top five finalists for the 2013 Indie Award—the winner of which will be announced on January 28 at Elements Showcase by Elizabeth Musmanno, the organization’s president. Nominees include By Kilian’s Amber Oud, Cuirelle by Ramon Monegal Perfumes Barcelona, No. 30 Eau d’Hiver by Le Cherche Midi, Carner Barcelona’s Rima XI and Terrasse A St-Germain by Jul Et Mad.

Indie is defined as an established brand that has been on the market for two years, is not distributed or owned by a large company, and is sold in 1 to 50 stores in the U.S.

Perdis to Enter Neiman’s 

Napoleon Perdis
Napoleon Perdis

Australian makeup dynamo Napoleon Perdis is bringing his 18-year-old, omni-channel, boutique makeup brand to Neiman Marcus on January 28. “I’ve long admired Neiman Marcus not only as one of the most luxurious retailers in the world, but as a curator that strives to gather the most distinctive merchandise from around the globe,” said Perdis, his company’s founder and CEO.

Perdis’ celebrity fans include Lindsay Lohan and LeAnn Rimes, and he also founded the 15-year-old Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy in California. He also creates a masstige line exclusively for Target entitled NP Set.



BPI Signs Ferragamo U.S. Distribution

Beauté Prestige International USA has entered an exclusive, multi-year agreement for the sales, marketing and distribution of Ferragamo Parfums S.p.A within the United States. BPI, the American division of the Paris-based luxury fragrance company and a division of Shiseido Americas Corporation, also serves as the U.S. distributor of Hermès fragrances and Annick Goutal Parfums.

Ferragamo Parfums, created in 1997, have been distributed stateside since 2001, and the company currently develops and distributes 20 total scents for men and women at Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The agreement will become effective April 1.

“Having personally watched the Ferragamo brand develop over the past several years into a reference in the luxury lifestyle segment, I could not be more pleased to enter into this new partnership with the fragrance division,” stated Patrice Béliard, president of BPI.

“We are proud to partner with a company that is so deeply committed to luxury all over the world,” said Luciano Bertinelli, CEO of Ferragamo Parfums S.p.A.

Geller Announces Investment 

Laura Geller Beauty has partnered with Tengram Capital Partners (TCP)—a Connecticut-based private equity firm that focuses on middle-market consumer and retail companies—to expand its growth prospects. TCP acts as a catalyst to drive the growth of its varied investments in the apparel, accessories, sporting goods, home furnishing, health and beauty segments. Partners include NEST Fragrances, Ellen Tracy, Joe’s Jeans and more.

“Our partnership with TCP will accelerate my dream of delivering innovative, relatable and meaningful products to more women domestically and abroad,” stated Laura Geller, her company’s founder and CEO. Geller’s brand is renowned for pioneering the “baked” category of makeup—powders uniquely formulated in Italy—as well as being one of the first brands to introduce primer (hers is dubbed Spackle.)

“In addition to her long-standing reputation in the industry, we have tremendous respect for what Laura has been able to accomplish with the Laura Geller brand, which has had tremendous success through its key retail partnerships with QVC and ULTA,” stated Richard Gersten, partner of TCP.

Hearst Names Khemlani Chief Creative Officer 

Hearst Corporation has named Neeraj Khemlani its chief creative officer, announced the company’s CEO, Frank A. Bennack Jr., and president and COO, Steven R. Swartz. In his new role, Khemlani will work with Hearst’s creative teams, managers and group heads across the company to ensure the best possible user experiences on all screens and printed pages.

Formerly, Khemlani was deputy group head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, focused on expanding the company’s non-fiction television productions. He joined Hearst in March 2009—following positions at CBS News and Yahoo!—as vice president and special assistant to the CEO for digital media.

In other Hearst news, Marie Claire has announced two hires and a promotion on its editorial team. Byron Regej has been appointed design director; Erin Flaherty has been promoted to beauty & health director from executive beauty editor; and Whitney Joiner was appointed senior editor.

Beyond Beauty 2013 

Beyond Beauty
Nicolas Mirzayantz   George Calvert

The annual Beyond Beauty Dinner 2013 will be held on February 12 at The Union League Club from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event will honor Nicolas Mirzayantz, group president of fragrances for International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), as well as George Calvert, Ph.D., chief supply chain and R&D officer for Amway.

Grammy-winning music legend Dionne Warwick will provide entertainment, while Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will emcee. The event benefits the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation, which funds genetic research for obsessive compulsive disorders. Funds will also be shared with Johns Hopkins for genetic research, as well as ICCD—clubhouses that help those struggling with mental illness assimilate back into society.

Youth-Dew Turns 60 

Youth Dew
The limited edition re-release

Estée Lauder is fête-ing the 60th anniversary of its voluptuously provocative Youth-Dew fragrance, which the company says forever altered how women have come to perceive and purchase scent. In March, the brand will introduce a limited edition, crystal-encrusted bottle with a golden metalized bow, available exclusively at Belk and priced at $50.00 for 2.25 oz.

Youth Dew 2
A vintage Youth-Dew print ad from the 1960s.

At the time of Youth-Dew’s creation, it was considered taboo for women to purchase their own fragrances, and scents were often displayed on vanities unworn. The positioning of Youth-Dew as a bath oil that doubled as a perfume gave women the permission not only to buy fragrance themselves but also to use it lavishly.

Mrs. Lauder reworked the essences of the scent herself to match a fragrance her uncle had created for a Russian princess, and then innovated Youth-Dew’s iconic bottle by not sealing its cap so women could more easily access the scent while browsing in-store.