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Architectural Digest Design Show (2018)

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"Harlem's Finest" - Set of 4 Mini Luxury Candles

Harlem Candle Company

"Harlem's Finest" - Set of 4 Mini Luxury Candles

$ 80

Harlem’s Finest Candle Set includes 4 petite versions of our 12 oz candles featuring our most popular Holiday, Josephine, Lenox and Ellington scents.  Each votive has a 22K gold print of the Harlem Candle Co. logo making the glass a collectable, reusable vessel.  

  • The Josephine candle, which evokes the opulence and glamour of Miss Baker's boudoir
  • The Lenox candle, with its seductive floral fragrance inspired by the floral shops that lined the eponymous street known as Harlem’s heartbeat
  • The Ellington candle, inspired by the style, composition and richness of Duke Ellington’s music
  • The Holiday candle, perfect for the holidays with fragrance notes inspired by iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday’s favorite perfume, Emeraude
Volume: 3oz each
Burn time: 80 hours

News and Interviews

Press

Journy Magazine

Journy Magazine

Meet the Travel Blogger Who Turned Her Love for Fragrance into a Full-Fledged Business ...Plus why her home of Harlem is the most inspiring desti...

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American Express

American Express

An entrepreneur uses smell to channel her illustrious neighborhood’s past and present. Fragrances can be inspired by many things: moods, landscap...

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Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

The Best Scented Candles Named after beloved jazz artist Duke Ellington, this candle is a warm, sensuous blend of bergamot, cinnamon, sage and mus...

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Podcasts

Sirius XM: Karen Hunter Show

Sirius XM: Karen Hunter Show

"Teri Johnson, Founder of Harlem Candle Company - Creating Her Own Company" Here's a snippet of my 45 minute interview with award winning journalis...

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Necessary Baggage Podcast

Necessary Baggage Podcast

On this episode, Teri Johnson (@TravelistaTeri) shares some of her favorite travel destinations, what it's like to be an AirBnB Experience host and...

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Dreams in Drive

Dreams in Drive

Use Passion To Get People Excited About Your Brand ft. Teri Johnson Two words: BE PASSIONATE. On this episode of Dreams In Drive , we chat with Ter...

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La Maison des Bougies de Teri

The Early Years

I began making candles in my kitchen for friends and family (for fun).  I loved fragrances and candles and thought it would be exciting to gift these during the holidays.  I decided to brand them La Maison des Bougies de Teri. Translation - Teri's House of Candles (en francais).

Everyone loved the fragrances but hated the name... (they don't understand French which I knew but didn't care because I just new a French name would have more cache and weight in the world of fragrance.   I was wrong so I shifted gears.  I then decided to  explore how I could turn my passion for candle making into a business.

BTW - My mother and father have every candle I've ever given to them so you can thank them for the evidence of how we really started at the bottom.

Two brands...One winner

A little more focus

This is the year I got excited about branding the candles and creating a story that resonated with my audience at pop ups and online. 

I actually started building  two brands; The Harlem Candle Company (inspired by the Harlem Renaissance) and Travelista Candles (inspired by my favorite destinations).  I would sell them at a local artisan market in Harlem and I got tons of feedback and ideas on how to further develop the brands. I knew that launching two brands at the same time wasn't the wisest thing to do but I needed my audience to help me decide which brand deserved my full attention and focus.  The Harlem Candle Co was obviously the winner.

By the end of the year, I had fully developed the Harlem Candle Co brand and completely changed my packaging, fragrances (thanks to an amazing team of perfumers) and did an overhaul on the brand and website just in time for the soft launch of  Lenox, Ellington, Savoy and Holiday in December.

Game Changer

The soft launch was a success and our feature in the December 20, 2015 issue of the New York Post led to our invitation to be the exclusive home fragrance company to exhibit at the Architectural Digest Design Show.  This amazing opportunity allowed me and my team to really showcase the vision of the brand while officially debuting the Harlem Candle Company to the design world.  We built a 1930's Harlem parlor room as our booth where we displayed and sold the product and connected with interior designers, retail stores and show attendees. 

We introduced two new fragrances at the show, Josephine and Sugar Hill that are now part of our luxury collection.  We were the most photographed booth at the show and we sold out of almost all of our products.

Continued Growth

Langston Launch

We continued to grow the brand and we secured more wholesale accounts.  We launched our Amazon store and participated in at least fifty pop ups throughout the course of the year.

We spent ten months developing a new fragrance, Langston inspired by Langston Hughes.  To celebrate the launch, we hosted a private event with our top customers and tastemakers at the home in Harlem where Hughes lived.  

Architectural Digest Design Show

Bloomingdale's + Holiday Shop

In February 2018 we were introduced to the home goods buyers at Bloomingdale's who loved the brand and decided to launch it in four stores in November 2018.  

We also returned to exhibit at the Architectural Digest Design Show with a "Hollywood Meets Harlem" theme that was a hit with the show attendees and designers around the world.

By the summer, the business had expanded to the point of no longer being able to operate out of Teri's two bedroom apartment, so we partnered with a logistic and fulfillment company to help with order volume and to work with our first big retailer, Bloomingdale's. 

From November 12th - December 24th, we are excited to announce that we will have a pop up at the Grand Central Holiday Fair.  Details to follow.