PRATT INSTITUTE TO HONOR INTER PARFUMS, INC., AND JEAN MADAR, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, CEO, AT ART OF PACKAGING AWARD GALA ON JUNE 21
Annual Gala at The University Club of New York Benefits the Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund at Pratt Institute
Pratt Institute, a global leader in higher education, will honor Inter Parfums, Inc., and Jean Madar, Chairman of the Board, CEO, for its outstanding commitment to package design at its annul Art of Packaging Award Gala on June 21, 2016 at The University Club of New York. The event, which benefits the Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design, will begin with a 6:30 PM cocktail reception followed by an 8 PM dinner.
Paris-born Jean Madar, along with his lifelong friend and business partner, Philippe Benacin, co-founded Inter Parfums, Inc. not long after they graduated from ESSEC, one of Europe’s most prestigious business schools. With Philippe working in Paris, Jean came to New York with a business plan and a few thousand dollars. Together they built their fragrance company around products that had the unique Made in France panache and distinction. The business did well and in early 1988, Inter Parfums went public with one of the first IPOs after the October 1987 stock market crash.
Today, Inter Parfums is a global prestige fragrance company, whose products are sold in over 100 countries, generating sales of nearly $500 million in 2015. Over the past three decades, Inter Parfums has built its reputation on innovation, quality and the ability to capture the DNA of each brand in its fragrance portfolio by working closely with the brand owner and drawing upon its home grown brand building expertise. Inter Parfums is now the fragrance partner for Abercrombie & Fitch, Agent Provocateur, Anna Sui, Balmain, Banana Republic, Boucheron, Coach, Dunhill, Hollister, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Montblanc, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Repetto, Shanghai Tang, S.T. Dupont and Van Cleef & Arpels. Inter Parfums also owns the Lanvin fragrance brand and the Rochas brand for fragrance, fashion and accessories. The Company’s European based operations is handled by its subsidiary, Interparfums SA, based in Paris and its U.S. operations, Inter Parfums USA, LLC, is headquartered in New York City.
For Jean and Inter Parfums, Pratt Institute’s Art of Packaging Award is a very proud achievement, topping the list of many past professional honors and awards. In 2004, Jean was named Creative Entrepreneur by the government of France. In 2005, he took home an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New York. In 2007, Jean received the Recognizing Creativity Award, the first such award sponsored by HBA (Health and Beauty Association). In 2011, Jean and Philippe accepted the “Boldness and Creativity Prize”, given at an award ceremony by French Prime Minister, François Fillon. Over the years Jean and his associates at Inter Parfums have also accepted numerous FiFi awards from the Fragrance Foundation.
When not traveling, Jean’s home base remains Paris. He is married and has four daughters and one son.
The Art of Packaging Award is presented annually to a beauty industry company or individual that has excelled in the art form of package design.
The gala benefits the Marc Rosen Scholarship Fund for Packaging by Design at Pratt Institute and attracts leading companies and executives from the multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry. Now in its 27th year, the fund is the world’s only scholarship for masters degree-level students looking to pursue careers in cosmetics and packaging design. In 2015, the fund established two full tuition scholarships which is very rare among design institutions. To date, it has raised more than $3.5 million for scholarships and provided scholarships to more than 100 Pratt students, many of whom have become industry leaders.
Inter Parfums joins previous recipients including Aramis & Designer Fragrances, Estée Lauder, Avon, Bath & Body Works, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Coty Inc., Coty Prestige, Dior Beauty, Lancôme, M·A·C, Mary Kay Inc., P&G Prestige, Procter & Gamble, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, and Shiseido.
Marc Rosen is an internationally acclaimed entrepreneur and designer. He is Trustee Emeritus and an alumnus of Pratt Institute, where he teaches the world’s only course on cosmetics and fragrance packaging design. A winner of seven FiFi Awards—the fragrance industry’s equivalent of the Academy Award—Rosen established Marc Rosen Associates in 1989, which provides award-winning design and branding insights to leading cosmetic and luxury retail companies. His designs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Musée de la Mode et du Textile (The Fashion and Textile Museum) in Paris. Rosen’s 2011 book, Glamour Icons: Perfume Bottle Design, celebrates perfume bottle design as an art form. Book proceeds benefit the scholarship fund at Pratt Institute in his name.
Rosen’s cosmetics and fragrance packaging design course at Pratt Institute has attracted hundreds of students from around the world. The department that houses it, Graduate Communications Design, is part of Pratt Institute’s School of Design and was ranked as one of the top graduate graphic design programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report and collegecrunch.org.
This masters-level program comprises a broad-based curriculum in new product and package development, with courses in packaging design, brand development, visual communications, digital technology, marketing, and structural packaging. The final stage of the program is the thesis, which, over two semesters, gives students an opportunity to develop an extensive and innovative project. The Graduate Communications and Package Design Department is chaired by Santiago Piedrafita.
Tickets to the gala are available for purchase by calling 212.925.2507