NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fragrance Foundation announces Leslie H. Wexner, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L Brands, will be honored with the Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame Award at the 2016 Fragrance Foundation Awards. The Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame Award annually honors a preeminent individual, who has brought extraordinary ingenuity, business acumen and world-class creativity to the fragrance industry.
Legendary retailer Leslie H. Wexner founded L Brands in 1963, when, with a $5,000 loan from his aunt, he opened his first store in the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Columbus, Ohio selling a limited selection of pants and blouses for women. He called it The Limited. In the ensuing years, Wexner, went on to create some of North America's most iconic specialty retailers, including Victoria's Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel, La Senza, Abercrombie and Fitch and Express. Through a continual process of examination and experimentation, curiosity, innovation, laser-sharp focus and sheer determination, Wexner made L Brands into a segment leader whose brands have enjoyed unparalleled success. Along the way, Wexner upheld retail as theater and never lost sight of the customer as king.
"I am honored to accept the Hall of Fame award from The Fragrance Foundation," said Leslie H. Wexner, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L Brands. "I want to thank the Foundation for this recognition. Fragrance has always played a leading role in the L Brands story and it is immensely satisfying to be acknowledged for our work."
"We applaud the career of Leslie Wexner, one of the most accomplished leaders in American retail history and a true visionary," said Elizabeth Musmanno, President of The Fragrance Foundation. "Through his works both professionally and philanthropically, Mr. Wexner sets the standard for our industry."
The 2016 Fragrance Foundation Awards will be held on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City.
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SOURCE The Fragrance Foundation