NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. is expected to announce today that Raymond Matts, vice president of corporate fragrance development, is leaving the company to pursue an independent career in fragrance creation. Matts’ fragrance development duties for the Clinique, Aramis and Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries fragrances will be assumed by Trudi Loren, vice president of corporate fragrance development, who currently oversees the company’s Donna Karan Cosmetics, Michael Kors Beauty, Missoni Profumi and Bobbi Brown fragrances.

In his decade-plus with the Estée Lauder Cos., Matts has helped to develop such scents as Clinique Happy, the Tommy Summer fragrances and Aramis Always for him and her. Matts said he plans to make a formal announcement regarding his new venture within the next month, but his plan is to form an independent fragrance studio with a partner.

“I’ve had the best boss in Evelyn [Lauder], who has always allowed me great creative freedom,” Matts said Thursday. “I’ve had a great experience working at Lauder, but I’m looking forward to trying something on my own, something that will make an attempt in a small way to change the way that people perceive fragrances — and make them look at the market in a different way.”

Karyn Khoury, senior vice president of corporate fragrance development, will continue to oversee other of the Lauder fragrance brands, including Estée Lauder, MAC Cosmetics, Sean John and BeautyBank.

Loren and Khoury will continue to report to Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president and head of fragrance development worldwide for the Estée Lauder Cos.

“Trudi has been instrumental in working with our designers to create fragrances that support their own unique styles,” said Lauder in a statement. “Her strong relationships with our key perfumers help the company continue to produce alluring, enticing fragrances for each of our individual brands.”

Matts’ last day at Lauder is today.

This story first appeared in the March 31, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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