|Phyllis Diller: she loves a stiff wick.|
Some of you haute candle lovers may ooh-la-la over Cire Trudons, Frédéric Malles and Diptyques, but I'll bet you their start-up stories can't hold a (ahem) candle to that of good old Yankee Candle. It seems Yankee Candle founder Mike Kittredge was only 16 when he stumbled on the idea for the company after throwing together a last-minute Christmas present for his mother. The idea? Melt down a bunch of old crayons into a candle. Mmmm...crayon-y!
With such evocative offerings as “Rider Mower”, “2 x 4” and “Man Town”, the mind is already spinning into party game mode. So many opportunities for “hilarious” gender stereotyping à la Phyllis Diller circa '65! Let's have some suggestions for future releases. I'll kick off with “Airport Nudie Bar.”