Frustrated with the lack of romanticism and seduction with new brands and products, D.L. & Co’s candles are presented “like getting a love letter in the mail,” says Little. No ordinary love letter, this sender has gone to great lengths to make the recipient feel each exquisite layer nestling the mysteriously intoxicating thorn apple (drink the tea and see visions of your lover goes the lore of this flower) and angel’s trumpet fragrant candles. No need for wrapping: D.L. & Co’s flawless packaging is a silk gift box with Victorian font topped with a satin ribbon tie. Its content is a vessel — more accurately an objet d’art — cut from black amethyst glass replete with spider web edging. This description may echo images of Halloweens past, but the delivery is a dark, timeless elegance.
If you’re lucky you’ll receive a nightingale printed handkerchief invitation to one of Little’s travelling events at stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Maxfields. This modern dandy takes his perfume carriage and candles on the road, tailoring scents for clients and educating them on his lifelong fascination with Victoriana.
Photos: D.L. & Co. candles