In 1914, entrepreneur Antonio Puig Castellò founded a small importing business in Barcelona, Spain. After a hundred years of expansion and innovation, his grandchildren now run the international luxury conglomerate that is at once a fashion company and a producer of fragrances, beauty products and scents.
In the past decade, the Puig family business has witnessed what can only be described as exponential growth. In 2014, the company celebrated its centennial by inaugurating its new headquarters in the heart of Barcelona – an elegant 23-storey building designed by famed architect and Pritzker Prize winner Rafael Moneo. With over 4000 employees, of whom 40% are employed in Spain, Puig now sells its products in over 140 countries.
Marc Puig, of the third generation, started his career in the family business in 1986 as a commercial sales representative. With a degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from Harvard University as a Fulbright fellow, Marc rose swiftly through the ranks, becoming the Director of Research and Development and, a few years later, the President of Puig, USA. In 2000, he went on to become the Chairman of the Board of Carolina Herrera, followed by the President of the fashion division. In an interview with Tharawat magazine, Marc Puig, now the Chairman and CEO of Puig, spoke to us of the family business history, the training of the next generation, and of a family’s love for fragrances.