The award honors a person “who has distinguished him or herself over the years with their body of creative work, their contribution to the fragrance industry and also their contribution to society,” according to ASP. Past honorees include Oscar de la Renta, Gianni Versace, Karyn Khoury and Estée Lauder.
Mr. Slatkin has been called the “king of home fragrance” by The New York Times. A former Bear Stearns director, he created Slaktin & Co. in 1992. Launched at Saks Fifth Avenue, the brand was quickly picked up by other luxury retailers including Neiman Marcus and BergdorfGoodman, In 2005, Limited Brands purchased Slatkin & Co. and Mr. Slatkin was named president of Home Design.
“It’s a great honor, although I always thought a legend award comes at the end of one’s career, but don’t count me out just yet, I still have a lot of sniffing left to do,” he quipped.
He also thankedthe perfumers in the room for educating him and being a part of the great success that Slatkin & Co. candles have achieved, and paid tribute to his wife of 18 years, Laura Slatkin, who co-founded Slatkin & Co.
Mr. Slatkin and his wife serve on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Autism Speaks, Henry Street Settlement House, The New England Center for Children and New York Center for Autism (NYCA), which the couple founded.