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Black-Owned Organic Candle & Home Fragrance Line Now Sold in Macy’s

In recognition of August’s designation as National Black Business Month, we are reposting this January 2019 article.


Three Washington, D.C. brothers, Collin, Ryan and Austin Gill, who are 13, 10 and 8, respectively, wanted to earn some extra cash while helping their community, and collectively they decided to open their own candle company with intentions of giving back.

The business, Frères Branchiaux, aims to “help savvy, eco-conscious consumers who want to beautify and enhance their environments with lush and unique fragrances that are nontoxic, organic affordable luxury. Their products are made in small batches, hand poured, hand packaged and curated with care,” according to a press release.

Frères Branchiaux products include handmade candles, room sprays, diffusers, soy melts and soaps, all of which are conceptualized by the company’s three founders. The family-run business also donates 10 percent of its profits to homeless shelters in the D.C. area.

Thanks to a strong and loyal following, Frères Branchiaux has landed on the shelves of 21 stores and boutiques. Most recently, it was selected out of thousands of businesses to be sponsored by Facebook and featured in the Market at Macy’s. Products are now available in the Herald Square (NYC), Ross Park (Pittsburgh) and Hillsdale (San Francisco) locations.

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