5 Minutes with Grace and James Founder Emma Davenport

 

Founder of Grace and James Candles Emma Davenport is a candle extraordinaire, creative force, avid traveller and all round fun girl. The original creator behind our beautiful candles, you'll find her keeping busy now as a 7Sport Producer and Reporter, which means hitting up the Spring Racing Carnival in some fab looks! 

Follow her @_emmadavenport

Read on to learn more about Emma...

When did you start Grace and James? What was your motivation?

I started Grace and James because I wanted to create a local product that really stood out in the market. Something that was a lifestyle and captured the playful side of homewares and entertaining. I'm obsessed with candles, always have been. I grew up in the country and being outdoors is a huge part of my life, I love to travel or go on getaways but one of my favourite things to do is nestle in front of an open fire. All these things had an influence on the brand and how it came about. 

 

Which fragrance is your fave?

That's like picking a favourite child... if I could only have one I'd probably pick... ah that's so hard. Can I have one for Summer and one for Winter? Moroccan Mango and Honey and Spicy Pear. 

 

What was your most favourite part about the process of starting Grace and James?

My favourite part was the scent development, it also happened to be the most challenging part! But it's all worth it when you finally get it right. Just the slightest tweak or balance of oils would change everything, and I was learning all this from scratch so it was really fun deciding which scents made our first range. 

 

The Artist Series is such a great concept, how did collaborating with Artists come about?

Being from Melbourne, artwork and design are a huge part of our culture and with the rise in social media and collaboration I just saw it as a great opportunity to partner with local artists and give them a platform they might not have had before. Their artworks were all interpretations of the scents the designs featured on and the results spoke for themselves. It was definitely a game changer for our brand and really helped set us apart. 

 

Describe your perfect morning.

Brunch and PJs, ideally with a view of the water.

 

Favourite Netflix Binge watch?

I'm currently binging Younger on Stan 

 

TV show you just can’t get enough of?

NASHVILLE! So glad it came back. 

 

What’s your favourite place in the whole world and why?

Lake Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. So many memories there as a family. 

 

Best day of your life?

The best is yet to come. 

 

Fave place to shop?

Vintage stores. 

 

What’s your gulity food pleasure that you just can’t say no to?

French fries 

 

If you could only listen to 3 songs for the rest of your life what would they be? 

Ultralight Beam- Kanye West 

Never Going Back Again- Fleetwood Mac 

Sweet Thing- Van Morrison

 

 

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