In a meeting of old and new, the Rathbornes, the world’s oldest candle makers, have teamed up with internationally acclaimed Irish artist Al Maser – known for his street art – to create a new interpretation of his luxury range.
We’ve never worked with anyone before,” said Siobhán Kehoe, Brand and Commercial Director at Rathbornes, whose second largest market after Ireland is Japan.
“We decided it would be nice to work with an Irish artist and through that process we felt everything was very white and contemporary. So we decided as we do this, why not bring in something new and exciting?”
She hopes to appeal to a younger audience with the colorful limited edition that showcases Maser’s distinctive style.
He even collaborated on the fragrance.
“During lockdown when I had some downtime I started hiking and exploring the Irish countryside where I used to go to art camp. I was very inspired by the scents of nature and wanted to incorporate them into the design and the candle scent to bring nature back indoors,” said Maser.
The Limited Edition range doesn’t come cheap. The hand-poured glass 3-wick candle costs €150 (which burns for 80 hours), while the reed diffuser costs €100. However, Kehoe hopes they will be seen as collectibles and Rathbornes plans to collaborate with another Irish artist next year.
“The hope is that in 10 years people will be able to say that I own all 10 pieces from Rathborne’s artist collaborations.”
Montblanc opens in Dublin
Luxury watch brand Montblanc has directed its choice to Dublin to open a new boutique.
Montblanc has recently submitted a planning application to Dublin City Council for the Anne Street store, near Grafton Street. The retail unit was occupied by makeup brand Inglot, which announced the closure of its standalone stores in 2020.
Luxury watch brands are lining up to enter the Irish market. Earlier this month, Paul Sheeran Jewelers announced it had secured a lease on the new Chatham & King residential development off Grafton Street, where it would sell some of the biggest luxury watch brands, including Cartier and Breitling.
The row via the Powerscourt complex arrives on board Pleanála
The dispute between the family that owns the Powerscourt Estate and the company behind the Powerscourt Hotel over a staff accommodation complex has escalated to An Bord Pleanála.
Wicklow County Council’s decision to approve plans for the 56-bed staff complex has been appealed, according to ABP’s website.
Complainants are a company associated with the Slazenger family and a planning consultant.
ABP will decide the case in early January 2023.
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