Kelly Killoren Bensimon has taken her Hamptons lifestyle and transformed it into a candle.
“Like a fragrance, the smell of a candle follows you,” said Bensimon. “I used to live in the same building as François Nars and I always [told him he] smells so good. And he told me it was his candles.”
The former model and ex-regular on “The Real Housewives of New York City” has teamed with François Damide, founder and president of Crafting Beauty, to create Baiser Rose, the first candle in Damide’s new Baiser candle collection inspired by American muses.
“Being French and embracing the country, I wanted to create a bridge between France and America,” he said, adding that American icons will figure prominently in the mix. “It could be women or men.”
The name Rose was chosen based on Killoren Bensimon’s favorite shade of pink and is inspired by the feel of summer and the breeze of the Hamptons.
“It’s for the cooler nights when the sun goes down and you’re on the sea,” said Damide. “It’s very romantic and very sophisticated.”
Containing notes of rose, jasmine, carnation and lily, the candle is packaged in frosted pink glass with gold writing.
Aside from working on her candle, Killoren Bensimon is busy working on a book, contributing to AM New York and getting her M.B.A. from Northeastern online.
“My kids and I usually all study together,” she noted.
With Damide and Killoren Bensimon expected to be in attendance, the company will kick off the launch on Saturday at Scoop’s East Hampton location. Baiser Rose, 7 oz. for $65, will be exclusive to the fashion chain until Labor Day and will then roll out to other boutiques and specialty stores.
Damide declined comment on sales projections, but industry sources estimated that Baiser Rose could do $250,000 at retail in its first year on counter.
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