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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

         Agreement (the "Agreement") dated as of March 27, 1997 between Parlux
Fragrances, Inc., a corporation of the State of Delaware with offices located at
3725 S.W. 30th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 (hereinafter called the
"Company"), and Frank A. Buttacavoli, residing, at 5451 Alton Road, Miami
Beach, Florida 33140 (hereinafter called the "Executive").


         WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ the Executive and the Executive
is willing to be employed by the Company and accepts such employment;

         NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants
herein contained intending to be legally bound, the parties do hereby agree as

         1. EMPLOYMENT. The Company agrees to employ the Executive and the
Executive hereby accepts the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, for a
period commencing on April 1, 1997 and ending on March 31, 2000 (the "Initial
Term") (unless terminated as specifically provided for in this Agreement).
Upon expiration of the Initial Term, the Executive's term of employment shall be
extended for an additional three (3) year period, unless either party gives
written notice of its intention not to renew this Agreement at least six (6)
months prior to the expiration of the Initial Term, in which case the
Executive's term of employment shall end upon such expiration.

         2. POSITION AND DUTIES. The Executive shall serve as Executive Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and shall have the powers
and duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Company's Chief
Executive Officer and Board of Directors (the "Board"), provided that the
Executive's duties are consistent with the Executive's position as a senior
executive officer involved with the general management of the Company. The
Executive shall report to the Chief Executive Officer.

         3. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE. In connection with his employment by the
Company, the Executive shall be based, and the duties to be performed, shall be
performed at the Company's principal executive offices located in Broward County
or Dade County, South Florida. Such office shall not be further relocated
without the Executives consent.


         (a) BASE SALARY: The Executive shall receive a base salary, exclusive
of benefits (the "Base Salary"), in substantially equal monthly or bi-weekly
installments as follows:

         (i) For the period commencing on April 1, 1997 and ending on March 31,
1998, at the annual rate of $180,000; for the periods commencing on April 1,
1998 and 1999 and ending on March 31, 1999 and 2000, respectively, at the
immediate prior year's annual rate, plus an increase based on performance, to be
determined by the Chief Executive Officer.

         (b) EXPENSES: During the term of his employment under this Agreement,
the Executive shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all
reasonable business 

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expenses incurred by him in accordance with the policies and procedures of the
Company for reimbursement of business expenses by its senior executive officers,
provided that the Executive accounts for the expenses in accordance with the
Company's policies.

         (c) OTHER BENEFITS: The Executive shall be entitled to participate in
or receive benefits under all executive benefit plans and arrangements made
available by the Company at any time to its employees and key management
executives. Nothing paid to the Executive under any plan or arrangement
presently in effect or made available in the future shall be deemed to be in
lieu of the Base Salary or any other obligation payable to the Executive
pursuant to this Agreement.

         (d) VACATIONS: The Executive shall be entitled to the number of paid
vacation days in each fiscal year determined by the Company from time to time
for its senior executive officers, but not less than three weeks in any fiscal

         (e) PERQUISITES: The Executive shall be entitled to receive all
perquisites and fringe benefits provided or available to senior executive
officers of the Company in accordance with present practice and as may be
changed from time to time with respect to all senior executive officers of the


         (a) NO MATERIAL COMPETITION: Except with respect to services performed
under this Agreement on behalf of the Company, and subject to the obligations of
the Executive as an officer of the Company and the employment obligations of the
Executive under this Agreement, the Executive agrees that at no time during the
term of this Agreement or, for a period of one year immediately following any
termination of this Agreement for any reason, will he engage in any business if,
within thirty (30) days of the Executive advising the Company in writing of his
proposed business activity, the Board determines in good faith that such
proposed business activity is directly competitive with a material part of the
business of the Company and its subsidiaries (both present and future) and
such competitive business activity is reasonably likely to materially affect in
an adverse manner the consolidated sales, profits or financial condition of the

         (b) UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURES: During the period of his employment under
this Agreement, the Executive shall not, without the written consent of the
Board or a person authorized by the Board, disclose to any person, other than an
Executive of the Company or person to whom disclosure is reasonably necessary or
appropriate in connection with the performance by the Executive of his duties as
an executive of the company, any material confidential information obtained by
him while in the employ of the company with respect to any of the Company's
customers, suppliers, creditors, lenders, investment bankers or methods of
marketing, the disclosure of which he knows will materially damage the Company;
provided, however, that confidential information shall not include any
information known generally to the public (other than as a result of
unauthorized disclosure by the Executive) or any information of a type not
otherwise considered confidential by persons engaged in the same business or a
business similar to that conducted by the Company. For the period ending one
year following the termination of employment under this Agreement for any
reason, the Executive shall not disclose any confidential information of the
type described above except as 


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determined by him to be reasonably necessary in connection with any business or
activity in which he is then engaged.

         (c) CERTAIN PROVISIONS: The limitations of Section 5(a) shall
terminate if upon termination of this Agreement for any reason the Company does
not fulfill its obligations as required by Section 7 of this Agreement; however,
such termination shall not affect the rights of the Executive to receive all
payments he is entitled to receive under Section 7. The provisions of Section 5
shall apply during the time the Executive is receiving any payments from the
Company as a result of a termination of this Agreement pursuant to Section 6

         6. TERMINATION. The Company may terminate the Executive's employment
under this Agreement prior to the expiration of the term set forth in Section 1
only under the following circumstances:

         (a) DEATH. Upon the Executive's death.

         (b) DISABILITY. If , as a result of the Executive's incapacity due to
physical or mental illness, the Executive shall have been absent from his duties
under this Agreement on a full time basis for 120 calendar days during any
calendar year, then 30 days after written notice of termination is given to the
Executive (which may only be given after the end of the 120 day period),
provided that he has not returned to his duties under this Agreement on a full
time basis.

         (c) CAUSE. For Cause. The Company shall have "Cause" to terminate the
Executive's employment under this Agreement upon (A) the willful and continued
failure by the Executive to substantially perform his duties under this
Agreement (other than any failure resulting from the Executive's incapacity due
to physical or mental illness) for thirty (30) days after written demand for
substantial performance is delivered by the Company specifically identifying the
manner in which the Company believes the Executive has not substantially
performed his duties, or (B) the willful engaging by the Executive in misconduct
(including embezzlement and criminal fraud) which is materially injurious to
the Company, or (C) the willful violation by the Executive of Section 5 of this
Agreement, provided that the violation results in material injury to the
Company, or (D) the conviction of the Executive of a felony. For purposes of
this paragraph, no act, or failure to act, by the Executive shall be considered
"willful" unless done or omitted to be done, by him not in good faith and
without reasonable belief that his action or omission was in the interest of the
Company. The Executive shall not be deemed to have been terminated for Cause
unless and until there shall have been delivered to the Executive a copy of a
resolution, duly adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of the entire
membership of the Board at a meeting of the Board called and held for such
purpose (after a reasonable notice to the Executive and an opportunity for him,
together with his counsel, to be heard before the Board), finding that in the
good faith opinion of the Board the Executive was guilty of conduct set forth
above in clause (A), (B), (C) or (D) and specifying the particulars of the
conduct in detail.

         (d) Termination by the Executive. The Executive may terminate his
employment under this Agreement (i) for Good Reason (as defined below) or (ii)
if his health should become impaired to any extent that makes the continued
performance of his duties under this Agreement hazardous to his physical or
mental health or his life, provided that the Executive 

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shall have furnished the Company with a written statement from a qualified
doctor to that effect and provided further that at the Company's request and
expense the Executive shall submit to an examination by a doctor selected by the
Company, and the doctor shall have concurred in the conclusion of the
Executive's doctor.

         "Good Reason" means the Company has (through its Board or otherwise)
(A) limited the powers of the Executive in any manner not contemplated by
Section 2, (B) failed to comply with Section 3 or 4, (C) failed to cause any
successor as contemplated in Section 8 of this Agreement to assume this
Agreement, or (D) a change in control. The Executive shall give the Company 30
days prior written notice of his intent to terminate this Agreement as a result
of clause (A), (B), (C) or (D) and the Company shall have the right to cure
within the 30 day period. For purposes of this Agreement, a change in control
means the occurrence of one or more of the following events (whether or not
approved by the Board): (i) an event or series of events by which any person or
other entity or group of persons or other entities acting in concert as
determined in accordance with Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), whether or not applicable, together
with its or their affiliates or associates shall, as a result of a tender offer
or exchange offer, open market purchases, privately negotiated purchases, merger
or otherwise (including pursuant to receipt of revocable proxies) (A) be or
become directly or indirectly the beneficial owner (within the meaning of Rule
13d-3 and Rule 13d-5 under the Exchange Act, whether or not applicable, except
that a person shall be deemed to have beneficial ownership of all securities
that such person has the right to acquire whether such right is exercisable
immediately or only after the passage of time) of more than 30% of the combined
voting power of the then outstanding common stock of the Company or (B)
otherwise have the ability to elect, directly or indirectly, a majority of the
members of the Board.

         (e) NOTICE OF TERMINATION. Any termination of the Executive's
employment by the Company or by the Executive (other than termination pursuant
to subsection (a) above) shall be communicated by written Notice of Termination
to the other party of this Agreement. "Notice of Termination" means a notice
which indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon
and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to
provide a basis for termination of the Executive's employment under the
provision so indicated.

         (f) DATE OF TERMINATION. Date of termination means (i) if the
Executive's employment is terminated by his death, the date of his death, (ii)
if the Executive's employment is terminated pursuant to subsection (b) above, 30
days after Notice of Termination is given (provided that the Executive shall
not have returned to the performance of his duties on a full-time basis during
the 30 day period), (iii) if the Executive's employment is terminated pursuant
to subsection (c) above, the date specified in the Notice of Termination after
the expiration of any cure periods, and (iv) if the Executive's employment is
terminated for any other reason, the date on which Notice of Termination is


         (a) Upon the Executive's death, the Company shall pay to the person
designated by the Executive in a notice filed with the Company or, if no person
is designated, to his estate as a lump sum death benefit, his full Base Salary
to the date of his death in addition to any 

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payments the Executive's spouse, beneficiaries or estate may be entitled to
receive pursuant to any pension, stock option or Executive benefit plan or life
insurance policy or similar plan or policy then maintained by the Company. Upon
full payment of all amounts required to be paid under this subsection, the
Company shall have no further obligation under this Agreement.

         (b) During any period that the Executive fails to perform his duties
under this Agreement as a result of incapacity due to physical or mental
illness, the Executive shall continue to receive his full base salary until the
Executive's employment is terminated pursuant to Section 6(b) of this
Agreement, or until the Executive terminates his employment pursuant to Section
6(d)(ii) of this Agreement, whichever comes first. After termination, the
Executive shall receive in equal monthly installments 100% of his base salary at
the rate in effect at the time Notice of Termination is delivered for one year,
plus any disability payments otherwise payable by or pursuant to plans provided
by the Company ("Disability Payments")

         (c) If the Executive's employment is terminated for Cause, the Company
shall pay the Executive his full base salary through the date of termination at
the rate in effect at the time Notice of Termination is delivered and the
Company shall have no further obligation to the Executive under this Agreement.

         (d) If (A) in breach of this Agreement, the Company shall terminate the
Executive's employment other than pursuant to Sections 6(b) or 6(c) (it being
understood that a purported termination pursuant to Sections 6(b) or 6(c)
which is disputed and finally determined not to have been proper shall be a
termination by the Company in breach of this Agreement), or (B) the Executive
shall terminate his employment for Good Reason, then

         (i) The Company shall pay the Executive his full base salary through
the date of termination at the rate then in effect at the time Notice of
Termination is given;

         (ii) in lieu of any further salary payments to the Executive for
periods subsequent to the Date of Termination and in consideration of the rights
of the Company under Section 5 of this Agreement, the Company shall pay
severance pay to the Executive on the fifth day following the date of
termination, in a lump sum amount equal to the entire salary due until the end
of the term of this Agreement based on an annual base salary at the highest rate
in effect during the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the date of

         (iii) In the event of a change in control of the Company as defined in
Section 6(d), the Company shall pay twice the amount of severance pay required
in Section 7(d)(ii) above.

         (iv) The Company shall pay all reasonable legal fees and expenses
incurred by the Executive in contesting or disputing any such termination or in
seeking to obtain or enforce any right or benefit in this Agreement.

         (e) Unless the Executive is terminated for Cause, the Company shall
maintain in full force and effect, for the continued benefit of the Executive
for the greater of the remaining term of this Agreement or eighteen (18)
months after termination of this Agreement, all Executive health and
hospitalization plans and programs in which the Executive was entitled to
participate in immediately prior to the Date of Termination, provided that the

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continued participation is possible under the general terms and provisions of
the plans and programs. If the Executive's participation in any plan or program
is barred, the Company shall arrange to provide the Executive with benefits
substantially similar to those which the Executive would otherwise have been
entitled to receive under the plan and program from which his continued
participation is barred.

         (f) The Executive shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any
payment provided for in this Section 7 by seeking other employment or otherwise,
however, the amount of any payment provided for in this Section 7 shall not be
reduced by any compensation earned by the Executive as the result of employment
by another employer after the Date of Termination.

         (g) In the event of a termination of this Agreement by the Executive
for Good Reason as a result of a change in control, the amount to be utilized in
Section 7(d)(ii) shall be changed to the average compensation of the Executive
during this Agreement for the taxable years prior to such termination (all as
determined to compute the base amount for purposes of Section 280G of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1984, as amended).


         (a) The Company will require any successor (whether direct or
indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or
substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company, by agreement in
form and substance satisfactory to the Executive, to expressly assume and agree
to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the
Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place.
Failure of the Company to obtain an assumption of this Agreement prior to or
simultaneously with the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach
of this Agreement and shall entitle the Executive to compensation from the
Company in the same amount and on the same terms as he would be entitled to
under this Agreement if he terminated his employment for Good Reason, except for
purposes of implementing the foregoing, the date on which any such succession
becomes effective shall be deemed the date of termination. As used in this
Agreement, "Company" shall mean the Company as previously defined and any
successor to its business and/or assets which executes and delivers the
agreement provided for in this Section 8 or which otherwise becomes bound by all
the terms and provisions of this Agreement by operation of law.

         (b) This Agreement and all rights if the Executive under this Agreement
shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's personal or
legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs,
distributees, devisees and legatees. If the Executive should die while any
amounts would still be payable to him under this Agreement, including all
payments payable under Section 7, if he had continued to live, all such amounts
shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to the Executive's
devisee, legatee, or other designee or, if there is no such designee, the
Executive's estate.

         9. NOTICE: For the purpose of this Agreement, notices and all other
communications provided for in the Agreement shall be in writing and shall be
deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by United States
registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as

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                  If to the Executive:           Mr. Frank A. Buttacavoli
                                                 5451 Alton Road
                                                 Miami Beach, Florida 33140

                  If to the Company:             Parlux Fragrances, Inc.
                                                 3725 S.W. 30th Avenue
                                                 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
                                                 Attention: Ilia Lekach

or to such other address as any party may have furnished to the others in
writing in accordance herewith, except with notices of change of address which
shall be effective only upon receipt.

         10. ENTIRE AGREEMENT: No provisions of this Agreement may be modified,
waived or discharged unless such is signed by the Executive and the officer of
the Company which is specifically designated by the Board. No Agreements or
representations, oral or otherwise, expressed or implied, with respect to the
subject matter of this Agreement have been made by either party which are not
set forth expressly in this Agreement and this Agreement supersedes any other
employment agreement between the Company and the Executive.

         11. WAIVER OF BREACH: No waiver by either party to this Agreement of,
or compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed
by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of any other provision or condition
at any prior or subsequent time.

         12. HEADINGS: The section headings contained in this Agreement have
been inserted only as a matter of convenience or reference and in no way define,
limit or describe the scope or intent of any provisions of this Agreement nor in
any way affect any of these provisions.

         13. GOVERNING LAW: The validity, interpretation, construction and
performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of
Florida, without giving effect to conflict of law principles.

         14. SEVERABILITY: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision
or provisions of this Agreement shall not effect the validity or enforceability
of any other provision of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement on the
date and year first above written.

ATTEST:                             PARLUX FRAGRANCES, INC.

/s/ Frederick E. Purches            By: /s/ Ilia Lekach
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                                        Ilia Lekach, Chief Executive Officer

/s/ Tania N. Espinosa                   /s/ Frank A. Buttacavoli
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                                        Frank A. Buttacavoli, Executive