New York, NY: Today, April 12th, 2021, Teri Johnson of the Harlem Candle Co. and Vanessa Lee of Lionette officially announce the launch of their collaborative Mother’s Day Gift Set celebrating the iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday, otherwise known as Lady Day. This exclusive set includes three products that pay homage to the star’s legacy on music, Harlem, and the civil rights movement: the Harlem Candle Company’s newest candle, “Lady Day,” paired with the fragrance brand’s art deco elegant matches, and Lionette’s Swarovski crystal-encrusted “Billie” earrings. This launch comes several weeks after the successful debut of
the United States vs. Billie Holiday film on Hulu, directed and produced by Lee Daniels and starring Andra Day as Billie Holiday. A vocalist by profession, Day received a golden globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for her riveting performance.
Teri and Vanessa met at a Collective Trunk Show in 2016, only to discover they had a lot more than good style in common—these female entrepreneurs were even neighbors in Harlem. This budding friendship grew roots as the years went by and they became especially close during the pandemic in 2020. Teri and Vanessa leaned on each other for support and friendship, even a trip to Costa Rica for a reset. During their travels, they decided to bring their brands, Lionette & The Harlem Candle Co, together for this exclusive co-branded collaboration just in time for Mother’s Day.
The “Lady Day” candle is inspired by the white gardenia Billie always wore in her hair. A luminous opening of lush green leaves, neroli blossom and sparkling bergamot lead to a velvet heart of creamy gardenia, jasmine petals and ylang ylang. Coffee flower adds a spicy nuance, and a warm, addictive base of coconut milk, sandalwood and vetiver provide the perfect finish to this intoxicating blend that is vibrant and full bodied, yet graceful and delicate. Just like Lady Day. It pairs perfectly with the Harlem Candle Company’s Black Art Deco elegant matches also enclosed in this set, which is made up of 50 long match sticks inside a limited edition, collectable matchbox featuring the brand’s logo. Lionette’s “Billie” earrings, on the other hand, pay tribute to Billie Holiday's classic elegance and style through their timeless yet edgy design. Lady Day loved her jewelry and often wore a combination of earrings, a necklace and a bracelet while adorning a gardenia flower in her hair. The “Billie” earrings’ half moon silhouette is an update to the traditional button earrings that Billie Holiday wore so prominently in her career during the 1940’s and 50’s. These stunning earrings are designed with Swarovski crystals featuring a bold 10 karat teardrop center stone with 40 black and smokey sand crystals. They are designed to be worn for any occasion.
Shop the Collaborative Gift Set here.
About Harlem Candle Co.: The Harlem Candle Co. is a luxury home fragrance brand specializing in scented candles inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. The brand celebrates icons like Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes and Josephine Baker and legendary places like the Savoy Ballroom and Lenox Avenue. 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. Each candle is specially handcrafted using a soy vegetable wax blend and infused with one of a kind fragrance oils designed by a team of globally recognized expert perfumers.
About Lionette: Lionette is an accessories brand Co-Founded in 2009 by Vanessa Lee and Designer Noa Sade. Noa, a self-taught artist thrives on the creativity of design. Vanessa is a former fashion buyer with deep roots in the industry. Lionette was born with the vision of creating a brand and a collection that was both glamorous and edgy, that celebrates femininity, courage and passion for life! The brand has evolved organically and has become a favorite among celebrities including Rihanna, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, Tyra Banks and Carrie Underwood. Every piece is handmade in NYC with a lifetime guarantee policy.