3 posts tagged "Cire Trudon"
After burning Cire Trudon (specifically Solis Rex and Adb El Kader) in his atelier for years, Giambattista Valli joined forces with the historical candle company (once Napoleon’s official wax producer and supplier to the court of Louis XIV) in 2010 to craft his first bespoke bougie: Rose Poivrée. “When I was preparing to open my first store in Paris, I wanted to have my very own unique scent for the house of Valli. The idea was to blend two contrasting elements and find the equilibrium point. I chose a fresh, dewy rose—like those found in Le Petit Triannon at Versailles—and upon this delicate scent we added some ground black pepper from Tuscany. Rose Poivrée is a balance between Italy and France; it’s a spicy scent,” explained the designer. In honor of his recent boutique opening in Milan, a new Italian-inspired blend, Positano, was composed to set the mood. “Positano is like my Proust’s madeleine. White flowers, lemon, orange blossom—those are my scents. They are my heritage. I was born in the summertime, and they are the first scents I recall smelling,” he said. While Rose Poivrée was once a prized souvenir to bring home from the City of Light, this French favorite is now arriving stateside, along with Positano—especially good news for those of us on the show circuit, as these weighty candles add some serious bulk to already overstuffed luggage.
$95 each; visit ciretrudon.com for more information
Many of us will be racking up frequent flyer miles this month as we make the journey between the four fashion cities. Arriving just in time to add some ambiance to your hotel room is Cire Trudon’s travel-size candles and room sprays. Some of the brand’s best-selling scents, such as Dada and La Marquise, are now available in portable, TSA-friendly form. The refillable, brushed-brass vial is spill-proof, and the candle residing in handblown glass is no dinky votive—this vegetable wax burns for up to thirty hours. That should get me through a long string of late nights.
Travel Room Spray, $78, Travel Candle, $55; ciretrudon.com
Founded in 1643, the historic French brand Cire Trudon is the world’s oldest candle company. That said, its name does not necessarily conjure images of pop theatrics, tropical getaways—and Traci Lords. But in the name of brand evolution, and in the spirit of collaboration, it’s no longer as much of a stretch as it once was. Last night at Aedes de Venustas, the New York purveyor of all things olfactory-pleasing and niche, Cire Trudon celebrated two new partnerships, one with Paris-based jewelry designer Yaz Bukey, and the other with Arquiste’s Carlos Huber. For his first foray into candle making, Huber takes us to Mérida, Mexico, circa 1865, as Empress Carlota of Mexico sits beneath a guava tree, penning love notes, on a balmy summer night. “The guava tree’s scent is overpowering,” Huber told us as beauty editors and designers, like Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, and Anndra Neen’s Phoebe Stephens sampled the evening’s wares. “It sticks in your memory, it hits you”—as does the luminary’s complex aroma, which blends floral, mahogany, and fruity notes to conjure the ripe sensuality of spring.
The Traci Lords bit was all Yaz Bukey. Her campy reimagining of the traditional candle brand is an extension of her Fall 2012 Le Pussy Cat Fight Club accessories collection, which channels leather-clad femme fatales (think: Lords in John Waters’ Cry-Baby). “It’s not sugary or romantic. It had to be stronger,” she explained of the violet- and leather-tinged scent that mirrors the same tough-chic aesthetic. Bukey’s signature red Plasticine mouths top the black lacquer glass version of the candle, whose Cire Trudon label is framed in cheeky metallic pink. “I like the idea of having accessories for yourself, and for your home,” she said. “It is just as important because it shows our soul.”
Available at Aedes de Venustas, 9 Christopher Street, NYC; (212) 206-8674, www.aedes.com.