Harlem Candle Co.
A luxury home fragrance brand specializing in scented candles inspired by the richness of Harlem.

About the brand

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The Harlem Candle Co. is a luxury home fragrance brand specializing in scented candles inspired by the richness of Harlem. Founded in 2014 by travel and lifestyle expert Teri Johnson, the Harlem Candle Company is the manifestation of her love affair with fragrance, jazz, and Harlem.

Our Beginnings

As a child, Teri grew obsessed with her favorite aunt's collection of exotic perfumes and travel stories, planting the seed for her own relationship with travel and fragrances. Through her travels to nearly 70 countries, she discovered the power of scent and its ability to transport you through time and place.

Teri, a native Texan, decided to make the New York City neighborhood of Harlem her permanent home.

Through intense research, she discovered Harlem’s vibrant and rich past. Music icons including Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington who performed at clubs such as the Savoy Ballroom, the colorful areas of Harlem’s Sugar Hill and Lenox Avenue all inspired her to share these stories.

The Harlem Candle Co. began in her kitchen in 2014. Teri now designs fragrances alongside award winning perfumers to produce beautifully scented candles that celebrate the Harlem Renaissance.

About the founder

Teri
Johnson
Founder & CEO

An Introduction

Teri Johnson is an entrepreneur and adventurer who brings her experience to life through storytelling and luxury products. A life-long traveler, Teri has visited nearly 70 countries learning about the rich cultures of the world while working as a travel and lifestyle expert for various television and digital platforms. During her travels, Teri experienced an array of different scents and developed a passion and obsession for beautiful and evocative fragrances that have the power to transport you to a different time and place. This sparked an idea to create a luxury home fragrance company inspired by her neighborhood of Harlem, specifically during the Harlem Renaissance period.  She founded the Harlem Candle Co in 2014 and now has 14 exquisite fragrances in the collection.  Teri’s work with some of the world's most innovative perfumers has helped her grow the brand’s popularity on an international level and has led to the brand’s launch in Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and many boutiques around the world.

More About Teri

Through Teri’s passion for fragrance design and its important role in creating comfortable and elegant spaces, she realized she had a knack for interior design.  She was able to express through the beautiful exhibits she curated for the Harlem Candle Co at the Architectural Digest Design Show (2016 & 2018). These show-stopping spaces gave her the idea to create the Harlem Design Co. which is an inspired collection of must have treasures that include wallpaper, fabrics, home accessories, and candles.


At the Harlem Design Co. our mission is to celebrate the past, present and future through inspired designs that pay homage to the Harlem of yesterday and today. 


About the founder

Teri
Johnson
Founder & CEO

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