Royal Parisian Candle Maker Opens First Shop In 126 Years

Man oh man are we chilly today—Mother Nature freaked out and the temps dropped a bajillion degrees. All we want to do is cuddle up with a cozy cashmere blanket, light a candle, and unwind with a bottle of Merlot. So, consider us de-lighted when we stopped by the opening of Cire Trudon, a venerable Parisian candle maker with 367 years of history behind them, which launched their second boutique in the world in a lovely below-ground space on Bond Street. Beloved by Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV, consider a Cire Trudon original the Rolls Royce of candles—these lovely lights, which are 100% natural, emblazoned with gold crest, and last for 72 hours, have been custom-produced for who's who of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: We're talking Dior, Hermès, and Cartier. The 800 square-foot shop itself is worth the trip, modeled as it is after the Galerie des Glaces at Versailles, with an old-world feel—handmade furniture (built by an Amish carpenter), aged French mirrors, and a splattering of antiques (all for sale), takes you to France "en un instant." For a fragrant late fall ambiance, pick up the Nazareth (cinnamon and orange), the Spiritus Sancti (amber), or, Odeur de Lune, a composition imagining the scent of this satellite orbiting around the earth with metallic notes based on NASA reports. If they're good enough for royalty, they're good enough for us.
54 Bond Street (at Bowery); 212-677-1200

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