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Live from New York: Companies Pursue New Business

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: January 9, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of GCI Magazine.

Bloomingdale’s CEO Michael Gould (center, with scissors), joins Nicky Kinnaird (to his right), founder and creative director of Space NK, in cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the new Space NK Apothecary at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street in New York City.

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In November, CEW invited additional speakers to join its Women in Beauty series. Ruth Sutcliffe, senior marketing director and fragrance designer, Coty, LLC, and Isabel Ryan, director, creative fragrance development, Avon Products, Inc., spoke at the Harmonie Club.

Sutcliffe noted that while consumers are spending less now due to the current economic downturn, Coty is continuing to work with top-shelf performers. Regarding celebrity fragrances, she added that the company is working with Tim McGraw on a new celebrity fragrance and that consumers continue to buy such aspirational products. Ryan cited the Avon Bond Girl 007 fragrance, and agreed: “The consumer still wants a piece of the stardom that goes with celebrity.”

Both also touched upon the momentum of certain fragrance notes—Sutcliffe referred to the new Halle Berry fragrance, with its woody accords—and the growing interest in bringing more sensuous, comforting notes into the category. “I love that we’re tapping into warmer, more European fragrances,” Ryan said.

ASP Awards Perfumers

The American Society of Perfumers (ASP) presented its annual Perfumers Choice Awards at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City, acknowledging outstanding individuals, consumer products and corporations in the U.S. fragrance industry—with winners selected by their peers.

The featured guest of the evening, Tony Sirico, who played the role of Paulie “Walnuts” Gaultieri on the HBO series The Sopranos, co-created the IFF-formulated cologne, Paolo per Uomo, from American Dream Fragrances. The scent was brought to fruition by IFF’s Jerry Caiazzo, vice president, senior perfumer, and Laurent Le Guernec, senior perfumer. Paolo per Uomo is a woody musk, accented with an oriental touch—including notes of anise, Italian bergamot, amber, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla, with a final top note of cognac, that Sirico said “put the Bada Bing” in the composition.