They say curiosity killed the cat, but for us it’s the driving factor for discovering the least known and most amazing independent makers, like Land by Land, the New York-based candle company from longtime Japanese-born friends Kanoko Mizuo and Tomoyo Kamio.
The funny thing about this particular brand is that finding them only multiplied our intrigue.
From its backstory to its shelf presence the brand maintains a secretive identity that we actually find quite appropriate considering its product. It all dates back to Mizuo and Kamio’s earlier venture, a tiny private hair salon they filled with objects they loved, including small batches of hand-poured all-natural candles crafted specifically for men.
As hoped, the candles, in floral scents with masculine notes of musk and sandalwood, seduced Mizuo and Kamio’s clientele and their respective circles. Demand rapidly increased; before long the duo transformed their salon into an atelier where they concocted their beeswax, essential oils, and cotton wicked creations.
As words spreads about Land by Land, the brand’s sensibilities remain as small scale as ever. “Everything in handmade in small batches,” says Kamio. “Candles are made in our [atelier’s] kitchen.” But your ordinary kitchen it’s not; plants, herbs, and flowers -- the very things that inspire Mizuo and Kamio -- fill the space. “We love green; being surrounded by nature is very important to us. NYC may be a concrete jungle, but you can find nature and feel seasons anywhere.”
Looking for the elusive candle makers? Just take a stroll through one of Manhattan’s many parks, or their favorite secret passage -- 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues -- where the heart of Chelsea’s flower district quietly blooms.
If you find yourself there, take a moment to stop and smell the roses – or whatever flora abounds. Then close your eyes, and breathe it all in. That lost, indefinable moment of beauty is exactly what Land by Land captures inside of every jar.