Perfume News

30th Annual FiFi Awards 2002 - Winners

by Grant Osborne, 06th June, 2002

The 30th annual presentation of the FiFi's, the Oscars of the fragrance industry, were held the evening of June 4 in New York City. Annette Green, president of the Fragrance Foundation and Broadway entertainer Tommy Tune, were masters of ceremonies for the evening, which also included many other…

Kenzo to come out of retirement

by Grant Osborne, 10th May, 2002

Japanese designer Kenzo Takada has come out of retirement to develop new projects in association with LVMH Fashion Group. Mr. Takada had announced his retirement in 1999. …

Axe deodorant to be launched in the USA

by Grant Osborne, 08th May, 2002

Unilever is introducing AXE to the US. Originally launched in France by Fabergé in 1983, it then appeared in the UK in 1985 rebranded as Lynx. By either name, AXE is now the world's number one deodorant brand, and is market leader in most of the 60 countries it sells in, with a 10%-20% share of the market.The range consists of …

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Lancaster to develop Jennifer Lopez fragrance

by Grant Osborne, 15th March, 2002

Lancaster Group (part of Coty) have signed a worldwide licensing agreement with Jennifer Lopez to create a Jennifer Lopez brand fragrance. Set to launch in the Autumn, initially in the UK, US, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Lopez joins a long line of singers with fragrance: Previous singer-scents with varying degrees of success incl…

LVMH acquire 50% stake in Acqua di Parma

28th September, 2001

LVMH have acquired a 50% stake in Italian company, Acqua di Parma. New fragrance development will be placed under the direction of LVMH, who also own brands such as Guerlain, Dior and Givenchy.The agreement also says that retail stores for Acqua di Parma will be opened and the product lines will be extended. …

Coty to make lollipop fragrance

by Grant Osborne, 29th July, 2001

Coty have announced that they are entering into a license agreement with the lollipop company, Chupa Chups, to develop and market fragrance and cosmetics with the Chupa Chups brand. The fragrances are expected to be available in fall 2002, at retail outlets worldwide.Of the agreement with Chupa Chups, Coty CEO Bernd Beetz said, "The …

Gucci buys Cristobal Balenciaga

06th July, 2001

Gucci Group N.V. announces today that it has acquired Balenciaga S.A., owner of the Balenciaga luxury brand. Nicolas Ghesquiere will continue as Creative Director of Balenciaga, with broad responsibilities for all aspects of the brand's creative direction and image. Las…

FiFi Awards - Winners 2001

by Grant Osborne, 05th June, 2001

The Fragrance Foundation honored the American and European 2001 Fragrance Stars of the Year at the star-studded 29th Annual "FiFi" Award Ceremonies held at New York City's world famous Radio City Music Hall, on Tuesday, June 5, 2001. The "FiFi" winners are: Winner: Michael - Michael Kors Fragrances U.S. WOMEN'…

Coty launch new fragrance: 001Coty

by Grant Osborne, 01st June, 2001

Coty Inc., today announced the launch of 001Coty, a new limited edition, unisex fragrance to be sold exclusively on the Internet at http://www.001Coty.com starting June 1, 2001. 001Coty is the first fragrance created by Coty Inc.'s Ideas+Image department, led by executive vice president, Douglas Toews, who also serves as the company&#…

FFI buys Elizabeth Arden from Unilever

by Grant Osborne, 31st October, 2000

Unilever has sold its Elizabeth Arden business to US company French Fragrances Inc for $225 million, as part of Unilever's program to shed operations that don't meet its strategic needs.Unilevers other brands include Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Nautica fragrances, Fabergé, Magnum Ice Cream and Lipton Tea.FFI, based in Miami La…

LVMH Gets Fresh!

by Grant Osborne, 25th September, 2000

LVMH (Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton) have aquired a majority stake in the cosmetic and fragrance manufacturer Fresh Inc, for an undisclosed sum.Fresh, based in Boston USA makes cosmetics from natural ingredients and sells via it's own stores and via department stores including Neiman Marcus and Barney's.Fresh's fragrances inclu…

Sanofi Beaute becomes YSL Beaute

by Grant Osborne, 27th July, 2000

The Sanofi Beaute group will be changing it's name to YSL Beaute with immediate effect. Sanofi Beaute was acquired by the Gucci Group in 1999, fighting of fierce competition from another luxury goods purveyor, LVMH.Sanofi Beaute includes prestige brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar De La Renta, Van Cleef and Arpels amongst others…