UK Chapter

of the
International Perfume Bottle Association

A group for collectors of perfume bottles and perfume ephemera

Convention 2006 - Sept 30 and Oct 1

Although attendance was very disappointing, our sixth convention, which for the second year was held at the Comfort Hotel near Heathrow, was enjoyed by all the delegates.

The declining numbers prompted a renewed debate about having two levels of membership in the Chapter. It was decided during a discussion session that this could be achieved by forming a UK Branch within the Chapter. Branch members would be eligible for all UK activities, newsletters etc but not those in the US (Perfume Bottle Quarterly and access to the US convention amongst others). They would however pay much smaller annual dues and we all strongly believe that we would be able to increase our membership quite easilly with this arrangement. (Update: following our request for this arrangement to be considered, the Board will discuss it at their meeting on 4 November)

The Convention was opened by our Chair, Angie Holmes who welcomed delegates and also commented on the disappointing response from the perfume industry to both the convention and our members generally. Phyllis Dohanian welcomed everybody on behalf of the IPBA and Gerda Marshal, International Vice President told the group about her efforts to promote the IPBA amongst European collecting groups and showed several magazines produced by them.

Our guest speaker, Janine Roxborough-Bunce gave an entertaining presentation about the work of the Foundation in the UK and described the background and history of the annual FiFi awards.

Around 1,500 voters take part in the judging process and these cover all aspects of the perfume industry. Because IPBA members have a particular interest in the design of bottles and marketing materials, Janine raised the possibility of members taking part in the FiFi voting process - an exciting development for the UK Chapter.
Janine gave delegates copies of the voting booklet and the glossy programme for the awards ceremony which was held at the Dorchester Hotel in London in March. Janine's enthusiasm for perfume was obvious throughout her talk and the discussion ended much later than intended!

There were two slide presentations, both of which were originally presented to the IPBA convention in Reston, Washington DC earlier this year. Terry read a script prepared by Pauline Fitzsimmons and Marilyn Schnormeier of a fascinating presentation on figural and novelty bottles. A slideshow of around 90 slides coverered a very wide range of bottles.
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Later, Gerda showed her presentation to the US convention. She talked about the development of miniatures and showed many beautiful slides of hundreds of minis.

On Sunday, the all-day sale was disappointing: there were fewer dealers than previously and not nearly as many buyers, both members and public. Only seven UK dealers attended (unfortunately Jan Burke was unable to come at the last minute through illness) and there were no European dealers this year. It is likely that travel and security restrictions played a big part in the low numbers of both dealers and members. In spite of that, everybody enjoyed the occasion and at least some bottles were snapped up.

The raffle was once again a popular event, almost £200 was raised from about 20 items. The top prizes were won by Paul Fairburn (24 Karat Jivago) and Penny Emmony (Mischka). Both of these prizes were very generously donated by Phyllis Dohanian - thank you Phyllis! Thank you also to everybody else who donated items for the raffle - the money raised offset some of the losses which we incurred due to fewer people.

We also drew the winning number in the raffle for the limited edition "Copia" bottle donated by Annette Martin at last year's convention. The bottle was won by Heather David. We raised almost £100 for club funds - many thanks to Annette for her generosity.

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