On May 16th, the Pratt Institute held the 28th edition of their annual Art of Packaging Award Gala. The black tie event once again shined a prominent spotlight on some of the most devoted and talented individuals in the beauty industry for their exceptional efforts in crafting and package design.
Held at the University Club of New York, the focus this year went to Batallure Beauty, as well as their founders Sam Ghusson and Robin Burns-McNeill. The brand has deservedly shown impressive designing through their product manufacturing and sourcing across fragrance, skin care, body care, color cosmetics, hair care and men’s grooming throughout their lifespan.
The ceremony once again saw the involvement of Marc Rosen as well, who has been a staple member of the festivities and their charitable causes for some time now.
Serving as both a professor and trustee emeritus at the Pratt Institute, the Marc Rosen Scholarship Fund for Packaging by Design is one of very few of its kind capable of offering two full scholarships to design institutions as well as benefiting hundreds of other students in need. To date, the gala has raised over $3.5 million for the cause.
In the event’s program, Marc Rosen stated that Batallure Beauty perpetuated the ethic of celebrating package design as an art form.
Also involved with the annual gala were Pratt Institute President Dr. Thomas F. Schutte, fashion designer Derek Lam, Roshumba Williams, serving as the mistress of ceremony, and the recipients of the Merit Award. The lucky students included Panyagal Charmroenpucksa, Chien-Chun Feng, Sherry Zi Qiao Guan, Yu-Jia Huang, Wanting Tian and Yufei Zhou.
Dating back to 2006, Batallure Beauty took their name from the French word “bataleur,” defined as an acrobat combining balance and flexibility. Such is appropriate towards the company, who have achieved the recognition of the award gala as a result.
As for co-founders, Ghusson and Burns-McNeill both spent time working at Calvin Klein Cosmetics. Sam Ghusson would later elevate to the role of Executive Vice President of Global Operations for both Calvin Klein Cosmetics and Elizabeth Arden in 1990, while Robin Burns-McNeill would become president and chief executive officer of both Estée Lauder and Victoria’s Secret.
Both individuals have laid paths that would transition into founding Batallure Beauty. Undoubtably, their combined knowledge and dedication to their craft have warranted them being honored at the Art of Packaging Award Gala, which itself benefited both the honorees and those striving to hopefully find themselves in the same position in the future.