August 21 2014

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Colette Is California Dreaming


When British girl band Bananarama released “Cruel Summer” in 1983, their goal was to create the antithesis of your typical seasonal top ten hit. Something that, as member Sara Dallin told The Guardian at the time, “played on the darker side of summer songs; it looked at the oppressive heat, the misery of wanting to be with someone as the summer ticked by.” Much like the song that inspired its name, the Cruel Summer candle, a collaboration between men’s grooming line Baxter of California and Parisian bastion of hip Colette, isn’t run-of-the-mill. The soy wax candle has a lush, green aroma punctured by bright citrus notes and hints of mellow florals like hyacinth and cyclamen, all against a backdrop of musk and cedarwood. The cool packaging, created by art director Marc Atlan, whose design résumé includes work for Comme des Garçons and Helmut Lang, takes cues from Bananarama’s decade of dominance. This is one throwback that we’re pretty sure won’t get old.

Baxter x Colette Cruel Summer candle, $30, available Baxter of California and Colette in Paris.

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