Ready-to-wear brand AS by DF has partnered with artisanal perfumer Ron Peters of Brevoort Parfumee to create a limited-edition leather-and-vanilla candle.
The scent includes a leather base note, vanilla top note and micro-notes of geranium leaf and carbonella wood. The candles, made of a soy wax base, are hand poured and now sold for $65 on AS by DF.com.
“I love the smell of beautiful leather — whether it’s a brand-new leather jacket or a new car — that gorgeous earthy smell of luxury, but I wanted to be able to communicate that an undertone of soft femininity, so I wanted to add a really elegant vanilla to finish the scent,” said Denise Focil, AS by DF creative director. “I wanted everything about this candle to be sexy and mysterious.”
“Ron and Brevoort Parfumee were the perfect [collaboration] partners for AS by DF – they use the purest essential oils, wood wick, soy wax, and each candle is made by hand,” said Focil. “That handcrafted, artisanal touch and care for details is what AS by DF is about.”
Peters, based in Los Angeles, works as a screenwriter, but started making candles for the cast and crew of his films last year. He’s made custom candles for celebrities including Lenny Kravitz, Maggie Q and Keira Knightley.
“The fragrance and the candle itself were inspired by what I’ll call the ‘bold sophistication’ of Denise’s line,” said Peters. “We were trying to capture the same emotional feeling one has when you wear AS by DF, or see someone in AS by DF. There’s an elegance to it. There’s beauty. The right fragrance can trigger those same feelings. And I really think we captured it with this candle.”