Designed with the French palaces it used to scent in mind (Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV's Versailles, par example
), the centuries-old candle company Cire Trudon debuted its first boutique stateside last Friday on New York City's equally old-world, cobble-stoned Bond St. Its location is rather discrete, like its Parisian post on Rue de Seine in the Left Bank’s 6th arrondissement. With walls painted robin’s egg blue and decorated with mirrors treated to match those in the Galerie des Glaces of Versailles (there’s even a candle that scents the air of the aged, musky wood floors the Roi Soleil himself used to walk), the space is tucked into a basement to ensure preservation of the all-important beeswax. Handcrafted shelves and tables covered with intriguing curiosities (taxidermy, wax busts) line the charming 800-square foot space where you'll find hostess-gift worthy treasures like perfumed candles in one-of-a-kind deep emerald green glass vessels. And if going guerilla is more your beat, Cire Trudon’s new Boules Puantes (a.k.a. stink bombs) is a golden tin of 10 miniature glass vials filled with perfume for renegade scenting.
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