Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Meet The Maker- Laura Slatkin of Nest Fragrances



While we were in NYC we were able to meet with Laura Slatkin, founder of Nest Fragrances. Harry Slatkin may be known for his infamous "Nose", but Laura Slatkin is the powerhouse in the candle-making business. She and Harry left Wall Street when Harry's brother, Howard, gave them his interior design store in New York City as a wedding present in 1992. After many long days managing the all the details the shop entailed, they took a moment to look around the store to select one item that they could turn into a large business. They selected home fragrance as their career path, from all the personally created scented candles by Howard for his clients, and Slatkin & Co was born. Laura and Harry Slatkin created some of the most famous and reputable candles ever created in home fragrance, including Bamboo & Jasmine and the hugely popular Slatkin Holiday candle.

Laura and Harry decided to sell Slatkin & Co in 2005 to Limited Brands. While Harry went on to work for Limited Brands, Laura created Candela Group and developed private label lines for many reputable brands including NARS, Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior. After three years of growing her private label business, Laura decided to launch her own home fragrance line, Nest Fragrances. Her goal was to create 12 stunning fragrances that would be appreciated for home use as well as gift-giving. The new brand was in instant success as one of the most successful launches Neiman Marcus ever had in their home fragrance department. Nest Fragrances also won a Fifi Award in 2009 for their entire collection, an incredible achievement in such a short time.

Nest Fragrances is launching a new candle, Blue Garden, to help raise money for Autism Speaks. Harry & Laura Slatkin have a child with autism, so this is a great way for them to raise money for an important cause. Blue Garden has lush green notes, a dew drop accord and hyacinth as top notes, forget me not, blue hydrangea and honeysuckle mid notes, and plush oak moss, sandalwood and cotton flower base notes.

One of our Facebook fans from Nevada, Judy Reppart, wanted to ask Laura if she had any new fragrances coming out (answered above). Judy also wanted to ask Laura, "Do you know you have the best candles?". I loved this question because it is so flattering and so true. Thank you Judy for submitting your question! We'll send a Nest candle to you soon.

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