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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Announcing my participation in the Fragrance Foundation's Indie Fragrance Committee

I'm very happy to announce today that I am a member of The Fragrance Foundation's new "Indie" Fragrance Committee. I am thrilled to be in such excellent company, and am very grateful to have the chance to make a difference in how independent perfumery is represented and celebrated, culminating in a new "Indie" Fragrance Award to be given in January at the Elements Showcase (and also at next year's FiFi Awards Ceremony).

Below is the official Fragrance Foundation press release:

 Press Contact: Lyn Leigh, lleigh@fragrance.org. Tel: 212 725 2755 ext.102

For Immediate Release

The Fragrance Foundation
Announces Formation of an
“Indie” Fragrance Committee

New York NY July 28th, 2011. The Fragrance Foundation is very pleased to announce the formation of a specialized committee dedicated to developing the recognition, understanding and appreciation of ‘Indie” fragrance brands and their creators. The “Indie” Fragrance Committee mission statement and purpose is to support the excellence, talent and artistry of ‘indie’ perfumes, celebrate their individuality and craftsmanship, give a voice to the indie brands, address any issues and concerns that are important to the group as a whole.

“While niche fragrances have always been recognized at the annual FiFi® Awards,” explains Rochelle Bloom, President of The Fragrance Foundation, “we are keen to find a way to encourage more niche/independent submissions, reaching out to the smaller, successful, entrepreneurial brands not supported by a large company.”  An “Indie” brand is defined as a brand that has been on the market for at least two years and is distributed in 1 to 25 doors.

To fulfill the mission statement, Rochelle Bloom and Foundation Vice President Mary Ellen Lapsansky reached out to a stellar group of fragrance experts to form the “Indie” committee, enlisting their collective insight, knowledge and experience of the  niche/independent fragrance culture to contribute an on-going source of advice, procedures for submissions, judging criteria, overall support, organization of The Indie FiFi® Award ceremony at the January 2012 Elements Showcase and future potential of the “Indie” category.

The Foundation is very excited to be able to encourage smaller brands that add such inventiveness, creativity and personality to the fragrance world. “Each and every committee member is absolutely in tune with this world, knows their needs and understands their dreams,” continues Mary Ellen Lapsansky. “We thank them for their support.”

The “Indie” Committee Members:
·         Mandy Aftel (Aftelier Perfumes)
·         Arnaud Adrian (Robertet)
·         Rochelle Bloom (The Fragrance Foundation)
·         Frederick Bouchardy (Joya Studio)
·         Karl Bradl (Aedes de Venustas)
·         Virginia Bonofiglio (Fashion Institute of Technology)
·         Denise Capozzalo (Barneys)
·         Victoria Frolova (Bois de Jasmin)
·         Mary Ellen Lapsansky (The Fragrance Foundation)
·         Carrie Meredith (Eyeliner on a Cat)
·         Ralf Sweiger (Mane)


  1. Congratulations Carrie :) great news.

  2. Sharryn StormonthJuly 28, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Fantastic Carrie, this is great news indeed.

  3. How exciting! Congratulations, Carrie!!!! :D

  4. Carrie, what a thrilling opportunity! I'm so happy for you!
    That's some fine company you are in!

  5. Wow! Congratulations, Carrie! A great company indeed.

  6. That is just SO amazing, and you're in some highly distinguished company, Carrie! Like attracts like! ;)

    It could never have happened to a more deserving - or eloquent - blogger! :D

  7. Wow, congratulations Carrie! You're very deserving of this opportunity and honor.

  8. Thank you everyone, so very much! I'm incredibly excited. :)

  9. OMG! *SQUEE* I'm so excited for you! Did you dance around the room when you found out? EEEK!

    Congratulations Carrie!!!!!


  10. Thanks Amanda! I'm definitely way beyond excited... I hope to make a difference with my efforts!

  11. Wow, many congratulations Carrie, you will be perfect for this! What an amazing time you will have, fabulous news.So pleased there's going to be an indie award category too.

    xoxoxoxo you totally deserve it, and I know you're going to be wonderful! :)

  13. Thank you Tara and Dee! I feel very hopeful for independent perfumery and how it will be represented to the public at large. There are so many creative, hard working perfumers that deserve recognition.

  14. That is so exciting! And quick!! The FiFi awards were so underwhelming and it is great that the twitter convo with Mandy about niche/indie awards is actually materializing

  15. Lavanya- thanks so much for your kind words, I appreciate it!

  16. Wonderful news--for both you and indie perfumers. This gives me great hope for the committee.

  17. Congratulations Carrie. This is wonderful news, both the formation of the committee and your participation.

  18. Carrie, that is such great news! What a great team they have assembled!

  19. This is such superb news! Congratulations!

    I'm so pleased for you.

    And I'm so pleased that indie perfumes are in such safe hands.