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Convention Status: 
Archived Convention
Convention date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 to Sunday, April 29, 2018
Convention Location: 
Tysons Corner, VA
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30th Annual Convention

Sheraton Tysons Corner, Virginia

April 26 -29, 2018



It was a fantastic 2018 convention.  The Chesapeake Crabs outdid themselves, welcoming everyone to our 30th Annual Convention. 

On Wednesday, sunny skies and cool springtime weather escorted several IPBA convention-goers on a day trip to some of Alexandria, Virginia's historic treasures. Those who joined the tour explored George Washington’s home town of narrow streets and historic sites, including a trip to Mount Vernon — the fully restored, 23-room mansion and working plantation where George Washington planned the growth of a nation overlooking the beautiful Potomac River; Woodlawn Plantation, originally part of the Washington estate, treated guests to costumed actors convey the site's story; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mid-Century Modern Pope-Leighey House. All of these sites are located on the same grounds and listed as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  That evening, several IPBA-ers savored an enchanting dinner cruise aboard the exquisite, glass enclosed Odyssey, a remarkable sunset tour on the Potomac River past several of Washington D.C.'s iconic landmarks — Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Georgetown waterfront — all illustriously illuminated for a spectacular evening's entertainment.

On Thursday’s we welcomed 15 - 1st time attendees to our 30th Annual Convention.   On Thursday evening, we opened the greatly anticipated Perfume & Vanity Showroom where 19 dealers tempted us with a vast array of perfume bottles, compacts, purses, ephemera and every type of vanity item.  That evening, Movie Night became Movie Musical night with “She Loves Me”

Friday’s activities started with the new “Dressing Table Talks” that combined round tables and specialty groups.  A plethora of topics were covered from Novelty and Dime Store Scent Bottles to Deco Era Dance Compacts and Vanity Items. 

We were also treated to three great presentations.    Elizabeth Arden’s Dressing Table, Ephemera, and Art by Terri Chappell-Boyd was fantastic.   Terri, an avid collector of Elizabeth Arden, highlighted the contributions of Elizabeth Arden to the world of beauty in many areas including compacts, lipsticks, purses, and of course her treatment. Elizabeth Arden believed that beauty and art were one. Antoine Poujol fascinated us with “France has a word for beauty, Lancôme.”   We found out that, noticing that two American companies were taking control of the beauty industry, Armand Petitjean decided that a French house should be alongside them. With his inner circle, he created Lancôme in 1935 that became a leading beauty brand for over 80 years.   Origins, Elements, and Impact of Art Deco Design by Howard W. Melton & Michael A. Mont took us on a journey of art deco compacts. 

A rare 1880's Palais Royal mechanical perfume case opened the bidding at the 2018 auction.  A large and enthusiastic crowd competed with online bidders, multiple phone lines, and a number of  absentee bids over 250 lots chosen to suit every pocketbook — resulting in a wide spread of wins from [1] a 1925 Terre de Ritz figural powder box formed as a 17th century court lady ($120) to [2] the 1940 Helena Rubenstein Gala Performance ($24,000) formed as an actress with outstretched arms standing in an elaborate stage-set box of ostrich plume and velvet.

Saturday’s Keynote from Linda Primeau took us on a voyage through 190 years of the great Guerlain Perfume House.  We learned about the company which created the first true perfume, the background inspiration for the best-selling and iconic  Shalimar, and the symbolism behind the bottles’ various  shapes.

At the 2018 Annual Meeting, several items from the Board’s Annual Report were highlighted.  These included the establishment of a Strategic Plan Committee to revisit and submit recommendations for updates to our 2012 Strategic Plan.  An IPBA / Fragrance Committee was also established and to develop a Memorandum of Understanding between the IPBA and the Fragrance Gallery.  Finally, the IPBA’s partnership with the North Carolina Arboretum Society on the “Making Scents” exhibit was highlighted. At the Annual meeting we also recognized our Shining Stars, members who have gone above and beyond for IPBA.  We honored Earline Kopriva, Lillie Gold, Shelley Bechtold, Cathy Dunn and Marie Cashman. 

The Honors of the Association, IPBA’s highest award, was awarded to Ann Conrad for her innumerable contributions to the IPBA.   Anne served as IPBA’s Publication Chairman for 4 terms working to improve layout and design of our Perfume Bottle Quarterly while implementing various cost cutting measures.  She has been a major contributor of articles to the PBQ.  One of the initial organizers of the Lone Star Chapter,  Anne has served as Chapter treasurer, membership chairman, and newsletter chairman. 

The 2018 Annual Meeting concluded with a virtual tour of the Hernandez / Sanfilippo Fragrance Gallery and the announcement of a formal relationship between the IPBA and Hernandez-Sanfilippo Fragrance Gallery.  The Grand Opening of the Fragrance Gallery will be “the highlight” of our 2019 – 31st Annual Convention.  IPBA guest Christian Gex, Mayor of Baccarat, France and George Stam presented Jeffrey Sanfilippo with a limited edition Bacarrat bottle as a contribution to the new Hernandez/Sanfilippo Fragrance-Gallery. The bottle is Baccarat's exquisite crystal perfume Une Nuit Étoilée au Bengale (A Starry Night in Bengal), one of a trio of produced in 1997.

IPBA’s Third Perfume Bottle Design Contest welcomed artisans from across the globe, each with his or her unique approach to design, materials, and function of what makes a desirable perfume bottle. Artisans have a year to conceptualize, experiment, and fine-tune their ideas before submitting to the IPBA for review — and ultimately for judging by IPBA Convention attendees.  First Place went to “Black and Blue” by Elaine Hyde, USA ; second place went to “Space Capsule”  by Gregoris Komodromos, Cyprus; and third place went to “ANA” by Sorin Boncea, Scenographer; Sorin Maxim, Sculptor; Ana Gabriela Lemnaru, Art Director (Romania).

On this high note, our 30th Annual Convention concluded with a wish to see everyone next year for our 31st  Anniversary Convention hosted by the Chicago Skyliners  at the Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, Illinois (Chicago Metro Area)  –May 2 – 5, 2019.

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