Walking into Cire Trudon’s New York store on 54 Bond Street, is like walking into the Galerie des Glaces of Versailles. With walls the color of a robin’s egg (Marie Antoinette’s signature color), hand made and aged mirrors (following the XXI century method in Paris) and stucco to create the old stylish feel of French boutiques, the esteemed craftsmen hired framed the French palace magically, all the while introducing American accents such as a wooden floors from Iowa and hand crafted Amish furniture from Pennsylvania. While the design is ever so reminiscent of Parisian boutiques, it is the smell that overwhelms you as it is like walking into what heaven should smell: warm, rich, and enticing.
Cire Trudon is the oldest candle company in the world as it was founded in 1643 during Louis XIII’s reign in a Parisian grocery store. The history is endless, from surviving the French revolution to becoming a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon gave his son a black Cire Trudon candle encrusted with 13 gold coins featuring the emperors portrait to commemorate his birth- The Imperial Candle), Cire Trudon even outlived the arrival of gas and electricity, earning a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris due to the quality of wax as well as other prices for innovation and product quality. In the 1930s the company began producing candles for luxurious French companies such as Hermes, Dior, Cartier and Gulerian. Finally, on the last days of October in 2010, Cire Trudon opened the first store outside of France at 54 Bond Street in Nolita.