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Friday, September 16, 2011

Fragrance Foundation Indie Committee News: eye on the FiFi!

Press Contact: Lyn Leigh, lleigh@fragrance.org

Press Release
For Immediate Release

The Fragrance Foundation
Shares Further Details on
“Indie” FiFi Award Initiative
New York NY September 16th 2011. The Fragrance Foundation is very pleased and excited to announce that thanks to the great generosity of Givaudan Fragrances Corp., a congratulatory  $10.000.00 cheque will be presented to the winner of the Indie FiFi Award at a festive ceremony during the Elements Showcase at the end of January 2012. 

“We are delighted to support this Foundation initiative,” comments Cosimo Policastro, Givaudan’s dynamic and respected Executive Vice President, Fine Fragrances, “and especially pleased to provide an extra measure of encouragement  to these talented, creative free-spirits. We admire their entrepreneurial skills in balancing business with much passion and love of the art form that is fragrance.”

The Foundation is very excited to be able to encourage niche/independent brands that add such inventiveness, creativity and personality to the fragrance world to vie for the Indie FiFi Award.  The  stellar members of the newly formed “Indie” Committee have already met to action   guidelines and procedures. “Each and every committee member is absolutely in tune with this world, knows their needs and understands their dreams,” comments Mary Ellen Lapsansky, Vice President of The Fragrance Foundation. “We thank them for their enthusiasm and support.” The following recommendations have now been instituted by the Committee:

· Submission forms will be posted online early October at www.fragrance.orgwww.elements-showcase.com and on various fragrance websites and blogs.
·      Submission forms will be due late November.
·      Judging will take place in early January 2012 in New York.
· The Indie Committee will select the judging panel based upon knowledge, experience and expertise and will formulate guidelines to assist the panel through the judging process.
·     An Indie brand must be an established brand that has been on the market for at least 2 years and must be sold in 1 to 50 doors including online in order to participate. The brand must be independent, not owned or distributed by a large company.
·      The entry fee is established at $200.00 per entry.

“Indie” Committee Mission statement
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.

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) Rodrigo Flores-Roux (Givaudan Fragrances Corp.) Victoria Frolova (Bois de Jasmin) Mary Ellen Lapsansky (The Fragrance Foundation), Carrie Meredith (Eyeliner on a Cat) Ralf Schwieger (Mane)


  1. *SQUEE*

    Oh my gosh how exciting!!!!

  2. I am so thrilled for you. Nobody is more deserving to be on this board!

    I'm also hoping that I can buy you a pretzel croissant when you come to NYC =)

  3. Amanda- are you entering? I hope so!

    Joey- thank you! Wait, a PRETZEL CROISSANT? I've never heard of such a thing, but now I won't be able to stop thinking about it. :)

  4. Thank you for posting about this Carrie! It's so exciting to see this category really come into it's own this year and of course the head's up. I am thrilled for your appointment to the board! Congratulations!!

  5. I'm with Amanda -*SQUEE*!!!

    Congrats again on for your appointment to the board!

    X's & O's, Kedra

  6. Thank you Kedra! I was hoping all my favorite indie perfumers would comment, and here you all are, trickling in, one by one! xox