This year’s event will take place on May 22nd at The University Club of New York and is the first time, in 28 years, that the gala is honoring an industry suppler.
Until now, honorees have all been fragrance brands or their parent companies. As the press release announcing this year’s event notes, past award recipients include Aramis & Designer Fragrances, Avon, Batallure Beauty, Bath & Body Works, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Coty Inc., Coty Prestige, Dior Beauty, Estée Lauder, Interparfums, Lancôme, M·A·C, Mary Kay Inc., P&G Prestige, Procter & Gamble, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, and Shiseido.
The global packaging manufacturing group has facilities in some 16 locations across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The group is, perhaps, best known for the Pochet and Qualipac companies, which (as Marc Rosen explains in a media release about the upcoming gala) “enable designers to create beautiful and innovative packaging for fragrance, make-up and skin care by developing new techniques and manufacturing methods that gives them the tools for creation.”
According to the Group Pochet site, the manufacturer employs nearly 5,000 people around the world, produced some 600 million items in 2015, offers 10,000 SKUs, and in 2015 had an annual turnover of €457m.
In May, Irene Gosset, executive board president of Groupe Pochet, and Tristan Farabet, the group’s managing director, will be in New York City to accept the award. “We are deeply honored and humbled to be the first supplier selected to receive the Pratt Institute Art of Packaging Award,” say Gosset and Farabet in joint comments to the press.
“It is a strong acknowledgement of the contribution of the entire packaging industry to the cosmetic and beauty world as well as being a recognition of our Groupe’s multi-material expertise, technical capabilities and almost a four century history of providing the most prestigious and sophisticated products to our customers.”
And they go on to note that, “The Groupe Pochet is a longtime supporter of this prestigious scholarship and glamorous evening and it is with great enthusiasm that we are looking forward to enjoying the future art and designs of the Pratt institute students who will be distinguished at the event.”
Funds for the future
The annual awards gala—where fragrance executives, industry leaders, and influential insiders converge—is a benefit to support the Marc Rosen Scholarship Fund for Packaging by Design at Pratt Institute. “The fund is the world’s only scholarship for master’s degree-level students looking to pursue careers in cosmetics and packaging design,” explains the release; and “In 2015, the fund established two full tuition scholarships which is very rare among design institutions.”
Over the years, the gala has raised $3.5m + and over 100 scholarships have been awarded.
Information and tickets for the 2018 Art of Packaging Awards Gala are available for purchase by calling 212.925.2507
Deanna Utroske, CosmeticsDesign.com Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.