A man of exquisite taste, Karl Lagerfeld loved to spend his free time in his enormous library surrounded by books and the most divine scents. He had a preference for “spicy” notes, and before his passing in 2019, started developing his own collection of home fragrances for his namesake label. Two years later, we can finally shop the result. There are seven scents to choose from (available both in candles and reed diffusers, stamped with sleek Karl’s signature): Fig & Pepper, Rose Poivrée, Bois Épicé, Oud & Bois de Santal, Iris Noir, Essence d’Ambre and Tubéreuse (french for tuberose).
When Saint Laurent opened its new Rive Droite boutique in the very same building on Rue Saint Honoré, that used to home Colette concept store for twenty years, the label’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello promised to keep the soul of the fashion mecca, and launched a selection of cool accessible fashion goodies, like matches, canvas bags, postcards, lighters, and the like. The latest addition to his merch collection are three woody candles, named after iconic Saint Laurent locations. For instance, 6 Place Saint Sulpice takes its name after the brand’s address on the Left Bank, 37 Rue de Bellechasse is home to Saint Laurent headquarters and 24 Rue de l’Université, its design studio.
Louis Vuitton's collection of scented candles invites us on a voyage to dreamy locations. For example, for Île Blanche candle, the brand’s perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud wanted to recreate the feeling of long summer nights, when you're sipping on an “iced tea with citrus on an indigo archipelago,” with the notes of jasmine, fresh tea, citronella, orange and verbena.
Cult Scandi brand Ganni has joined forces with ultra cool candle company Boy Smells, and the results are as covetable as they are fashionable. Called Park Life, it nods to languid afternoon strolls, with notes of ginger, basil and fig, with sage, clove, tonka bean, and sandalwood. In a mint glass tumbler, it's made from eco-friendly materials including organic coconut wax and bees wax.
Legend has it that when Christian Dior opened his very first boutique on 30 Avenue Montaigne in 1947, his friend Christian Bérard insisted that he should decorate the small space entirely in a Toile de Jouy fabric. To pay tribute, Dior launched a collection of candles that come in cylindrical boxes with the iconic motif in blue and red. Inside, a dreamy melange of mandarin, grapefruit, cardamom essence, bitter orange, freesia, almond and marshmallow.
When designer Jonathan W. Anderson landed his job at Loewe in 2013, he wanted to add an olfactory dimension to the brand. Seven years later, the first collection of home scents is finally out. The design is based on an ancient Greek mug Anderson bought in an auction. The collection features 11 natural plant scents such as honeysuckle, beetroot, juniper berry, tomato leaves, coriander, liquorice, luscious pea, oregano, cypress balls, ivy and marihuana - all of them developed in collaboration with Loewe's in-house perfumer Nuria Cruelle.
Olivier Rousteing, the creative director at Balmain, has long been a fan of French Trudon candles (Ernesto, is always lit up in his studio). Joining forces with the iconic Parisian manufacturer, he has created a one of a kind “couture candle,” featuring a gold and black design, inspired by Balmain’s signature mariniere sweaters and styled with gold leaves. How does it smell? Like Olivier’s favourite Ernesto, the candle features leathery and woody notes, gunpowder and cigar notes, offset with a distinctly feminine black rose top note.
Creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, launched a range of candles three years ago. The baroque-printed porcelain cups are hand-made and arrive directly from Richard Ginori’s atelier - one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Italy. There are six scents to choose from: Mehen, Freesia, Inventum, Fumus, Herbosum and Esotericum); and designs ever-evolve (the most recent is called “Souvenir from Rome,” inspired by the romantic symbols of the Eternal City, where Alessandro is based).
Dolce & Gabbana’s new candle line is inspired by the Italian designer duo’s Sicialian heritage. Each of the six candles - all with classic Italian names such as Il Nostro Giardino, Pino Mediterraneo, Neroli, Gentiluimo, Incenso and Alloro - come in XL ceramic vases, shaped like the famous Sicilian heads and are hand-painted, by Italian artisans from the Caltagirone region in Southern Italy.
Ex-Calvin Klein Collections design director Francisco Costa launched his natural beauty brand, Costa Brazil, as a way to reconnect with his Brazilian roots. His bestseller is a Vela candle, that smells like the Amazonian forest. Notes of sacred white and black Breu Resin are blended with the essences of wild jungle flora, crushed cypress root and Brazilian vetiver. Sustainability is at the heart of the brand, so when the wax is finished you can use the chic metallic box to keep your most precious objects.