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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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Passions also ran high during the ASP event as the Perfumers’ Choice Awards were announced. Among the winners were Estée Lauder’s Beautiful (IFF), named women’s classic fragrance, and Fahrenheit by LVMH (Symrise) won the title of men’s classic fragrance. For the full list, read “Highlights from the 2008 Perfumers’ Choice Awards,” covering the event on www.GCImagazine.com.

Sniffapalooza’s Fall Ball

Sniffapalooza held its New York City-based Fall Ball to the delight of fragrance aficionados from around the world. Organized by founder and director Karen Dubin, and executive operations manager Karen Adams, the event provided a weekend of sensory surprises for passionate perfume fans.

Event speakers and presenters included Joe Garces of Robert Piguet Parfums; Ulrich Lang of Parfums Ulrich Lang; Avery Gilbert, author of What The Nose Knows; perfumer Roxana Vill of Roxana Illuminated Perfume; Rainer Diersche, director, Linari GmbH; Patricia Namm of Brandy Perfume; Natasha Cote and Irina Burlakova of Seven Skies; Brian Kurtz of L’Artisan Parfumeur; Gerald DuBose, poet, perfumer and creator of niche fragrances; and numerous other distinguished representatives of the industry.

Saturday’s uptown adventures began at Bergdorf Goodman with breakfast and new fragrance launches—including Prelude to Love by Kilian, Tom Ford’s White Patchouli, Guerlain Les Charnals, Chanel Les Exclusifs. Special sniffings at Takashimaya followed, and featured Neil Morris for Takashimaya New York, Yosh Olfactory Sense and The Pink Room. Afternoon sniffing followed at Henri Bendel, where such creations as Juliette Has a Gun’s Citizen Queen were featured. The day concluded with a 60th anniversary party for the Fracas fragrance at Spafumerie.

Sunday included stops at Bond No. 9 New York to try the new Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue fragrance, Soho’s Le Labo perfumery and Lafco New York, where Linari Fragrances’ new fragrance (Angelo di Fiume and Vista Sul Mare) where featured.