Parfums De Marly & Initio Parfums Privés to Enter a Partnership With Advent International to Accelerate Growth Worldwide.

Julien Sprecher, the founder of “the Group” behind Parfums de Marly and INITIO Parfums Privés today announces that he has reached an agreement to enter into a partnership with Advent International, one of the world’s largest and most experienced private equity investors, whereby Advent will invest in “the Group” to support the global growth of the brands.

Parfums de Marly was created by Julien Sprecher, expressing his passion for the olfactory creation and the splendor of the 18th century, through a temporal duality that embodies the spirit of the brand: “A juxtaposition of the present and past as coexisting and unexpected sources of inspiration.

INITIO masters the power of scent through singular and functional fragrances that trigger an emotional and physiological response. A new perfume dimension to access another dimension of the being.

The Group has grown rapidly to become a leading niche perfumery house in the attractive niche luxury fragrance segment, which represents the fastest growth area within the sizeable ~$60bn global fragrance market and benefits from both high levels of customer loyalty and resilience. The Group is truly global with a strong presence in the US, Europe and the Middle-East and is aiming at ~$500M retail sales by the end of the fiscal year.

Advent will acquire a majority shareholding in the Group from Julien Sprecher, who will remain with the Group as Executive Chairman, Creative Director and as a large minority shareholder.

Advent will leverage its considerable experience within the consumer and beauty sector – which includes investments in Douglas (specialist retailer of premium beauty products, including perfumes), Dufry (global travel retailer), Orveon (owner of the bareMinerals, BUXOM, and Laura Mercier cosmetics brands), and Olaplex (global prestige and professional hair care brand) – to support the management team’s ambition to accelerate international growth and strengthen the Group’s omni-channel strategy.

Commenting on the announcement, Julien Sprecher, Executive Chairman, Parfums de Marly Group, added: “Partnering with Advent is a fantastic opportunity for the Group. Since our initial discussions, I have been deeply impressed with Advent’s forward-thinking approach and especially with their desire to support the growth ambitions of the business, while protecting the DNA of the brands, and maintaining continuity with the existing team and its existing partnerships with suppliers and distributors.”

Julien Sausset, Group CEO, remarked: “We are convinced that Advent is the ideal partner to help us to take our brands to the next level. Beyond clear alignment in our strategic vision for the business, we established a strong relationship with Advent from day one and have been deeply impressed by the quality of their team.”

Ranjan Sen, Managing Partner, Advent International, said: “We are delighted to have acquired a majority shareholding in Parfums de Marly and INITIO Parfums Privés – two iconic and distinctive brands with creative, exciting fragrances at their heart. Under Julien considerable opportunity to accelerate its growth and penetration in key global markets.”

Nicolas Chavanne, Managing Director, Advent International, commented: “As a global private equity firm with strong experience backing iconic consumer and beauty companies, we firmly believe that Advent is the right partner to support the next phase of the Group’s journey. These brands are emblematic of a new generation of exclusive and distinctive fragrance houses – combining sophistication with creative flair – that we are proud to support. We look forward to working with Julien and the Group’s leadership team to further scale the business and achieve its full potential.”

BNP Paribas and Jefferies acted as the co-exclusive advisors to Parfums de Marly and Initio.


With love,


Follow Fashion Week Online® on Instagram for exclusive content

You may also enjoy ...

ON x SET: A Fusion of Fashion Aesthetics in the Heart of Rockefeller Center

Fashion's spectacle has once again graced New York City, and ON x SET has confidently claimed its space on the runway. Orchestrated under the...

Litkovska Showcases REBIRTH at Paris Fashion Week

On September 27th, in the heart of Paris, within a historic building on Haussmann Boulevard, the Ukrainian brand LITKOVSKA showcased its SS'24 collection titled...

Florentina Leitner SS24 “Picnic at Hanging Rock” Paris Fashion Week

Florentina Leitner is thrilled to unveil her Spring/Summer 2024 collection “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. The Austrian, Antwerp based fashion designer will show her new SS24...