Rachel Vosper Belgravia is the name of a candle shop in Knightsbridge, London. I was expecting to see many candles in a nice Knightsbridge store, but instead it has something that makes the Rachel Vosper store really unique. The candles are produced inside the store.
When I entered the store, I saw the workshop area and thought it is for press days or events. However, I was told that candles are produced on the premises! And that was something really exciting! I never had a strong liking for candles, but I always wondered how they were made, and my thought was that it was done inside a massive factory.
However, the story was totally different with this brand. By entering the store, I experienced the manufacturing process with regard to candles, and learned the secret of candle making. The process of making candles is not an easy one. There are lots of processes and you need to take each part seriously for the best result. Each step happens in front you at the Knightsbridge store. Don’t worry, this conversation won’t end up with a discussion of the six sigma manufacturing process. You would never expect to find a candle workshop in the middle of Knightsbridge which is famous for a lavish lifestyle and expensive brands. But the narrow roads of Knightsbridge expand into a totally different world.
So what happened after this experience? I really liked to have something made in front me and to see craftsmanship in action. It was something similar to experiencing the Rolls-Royce bespoke atelier. You see the raw material on one side and you see the end product next to it. You can see that candles are not only made for illuminating nights in which the electric is off! And lastly, they have the freshest candles in London!
In the end, in less then half an hour, the Rachel Vosper store changed my perception of candles.