Hi there! Yes has bee a long time but we have been busy... Very busy and here the results: a completely new product and category!
Introducing Artistica's exclusive DERUTA CANDLES We are launching an exclusive, first-of-its-kind line of luxury ceramic candles, handmade and hand-painted in the Umbrian hill town of Deruta, Italy.
Branded “Deruta Candles” they will be available beginning Aug. 1, 2016 at http://www.DerutaCandles.com and we will be presenting the collection to the wholesale market at the upcoming edition of NY NOW, which runs Aug. 20-24 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.
As you know we have spent years designing and importing Italian lifestyle decorative goods but more recently, upon researching the candle holder idea, we were surprised to find he had stumbled upon a niche - no one else had yet developed an Italian premium ceramic candle for the mass market!
We have been working on this idea for over one year and managed to keep it under wraps - even from my own Italian suppliers... they were making these ‘cups’ without knowing what they were for. We have reconfigured part of his Illinois warehouse to set up a candle-pouring operation.
Each one-of-a-kind candle is gift-boxed in a custom and very elegant tube box and comes with a seal and certificate of authenticity. The collectible ceramic holders, which average 4.25 inches in height and 3.25 inches in diameter, are filled with 14 ounces of custom-blended “Scents of Italy” in Eco-friendly, non-toxic soy wax blended with natural botanical oils.
Once the 70+ hour candle life has extinguished, the holder may be refilled with one of Artistica’s custom made soy refills, or used as a tumbler, cup or vase.
Scents include: Positano Lemon, Venetian Lavender, Milano Vanilla, Alps Wild Berries, Sicilian Orange, Capri Gardenia, Tuscan Harvest and Natale Blue Spruce.
Holder styles feature bell-shape and flared “Contempo” cups, wood-lidded jars, frosted glass cups with ceramic bases, and 18K gold-trimmed rims.
Retail prices range from $68 for a small lidded pot to $128 for a gold-trimmed jar.