By  on April 23, 2007

NEW YORK — Irwin Alfin, a former executive at Chanel and Revlon who began his own fragrance distribution business in the Eighties called Alfin Fragrances Inc., died Thursday at Presbyterian Hospital here, said his son, David. He was 77.

Alfin, a Rutgers University graduate, was an Army second lieutenant during the Korean War and then got his first job in the fashion industry as a salesman in the Southeast for Sacony, an early producer of women's suits. He relocated to New York when Sacony promoted him to sales manager.

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