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Rachel Vosper, a leading British candle maker and home fragrance expert, will bring her expertise to Decorex this year as one part of the four Design Sense interactive areas. We caught up with Rachel as she starts to plan for the show....
Describe a typical day for Rachel Vosper
No day is ever the same, I could be in the shop pouring candles, catching up with clients or developing fragrances for bespoke pieces and corporate gifting. I also spend a lot of time researching and sourcing interesting new suppliers for collaborations or unusual antique one-off pieces to add to my current collection.
Tell us a bit about your plans for Decorex
I will be recreating the workings of my Belgravia studio by displaying some of my latest collection and crystal pieces as well as demonstrating the traditional way in which my candles are hand poured and give guests an insight into some of the techniques and history of candle making
How did you become a chandler?
My career began with a chance encounter with a candle maker on a Barbados beach in 1994. We got talking and they asked me to come and work with them. At first pour I just fell in love with the whole process and I ended up buying the company! A six-month trip then extended to four years where I built up a successful business shipping candles to Mustique, St Lucia and the UK. It sparked a passion that would lead to the creation of my own signature brand and Belgravia flagship boutique, which I opened in 2011.
What is one of your favourite fragrances?
My signature fragrance Choiysa is still one of my favourites, as it holds some very fond memories for me. For my personal scent I am a huge fan of Creed, I am wearing Silver Mountain Water this summer.
What’s your most recent interiors discovery?
The very talented Tom Raffield - his Skipper floor lamp is glorious. John Galvin Designs, his furniture effortlessly combines contemporary design with quality craftsmanship.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I am extremely lucky to absolutely love what I do which is a great motivator. That and my 3-year old daughter!
What is your favourite interiors retailer?
Rose Uniacke - Rose has flawless taste and I want just about everything in her Pimlico Showroom.
Name two challenges you face in your industry today
1 - For us, the changing way in which people shop is a challenge. With more and more emphasis on online retail, it is hard to translate the sensory experience our customers receive in the shop to an online marketplace.
2 - Maintaining individuality and a point of difference in an increasingly saturated market.
If you had a secret superpower, what would it be?
Register to attend Decorex International to see Rachel's 'Smell' installation at the event.