1670 Charlestowne fragranced artifacts are the brainchild of two Charleston, South Carolina–based entrepreneurs who came together to create an initial capsule candle collection that will blossom into a wide range of luxury scented products.
Kimberly Powell, a native Ohioan who married a Beaufort, South Carolina, boy, dreamt of a keepsake or collectible that reflected her passion and love for the Lowcountry (the coast that stretches the length of the Sea Islands — Charleston to Savannah, Georgia, in essence). Having summered in the Lowcountry since her teens, Kimberly has spent more than half of her life falling in love with the sights, smells and Sweetgrass of the Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands coast. She currently resides in Mount Pleasant, the suburban neighbor of the Charleston Peninsula, where she is the owner and regional developer for Woodhouse Day Spa Charleston.
Cara Florence, a Virginia native, moved to Charleston in 2008 after visiting the historic city just once and immediately falling for its beauty, culture and lifestyle. Cara is the co-founder and CEO of Think Ideally, a Charleston-based business and entrepreneur support organization that offers a wide range of services including application development, business development and strategy.
With their shared love for the Lowcountry and fiery entrepreneurial spirit, the two soon joined forces after Kimberly contacted Think Ideally and subsequently met with Cara. Cara’s passion and diligence were the perfect complement to Kim’s resolve to work together and bring this brand to life — and 1670 Charlestowne was born as a “love letter to the Lowcountry.”
Kimberly and Cara both knew that to bring a world-class brand to life to honor the magnificent port city of Charleston, they would need to work with only the finest artisans, such as world-renowned fragrance artist Frederick Bouchardy, fifth-generation Sweetgrass basket weaver Corey Alston and Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker.
As Charleston and the Lowcountry were the inspiration for the 1670 Charlestowne brand and its premiere Sweetgrass scent, a percentage of the sales of all Sweetgrass-fragrance 1670 Charlestowne products will be donated to the International African American Museum to support youth culture, arts and educational programs, thereby inspiring future creative endeavors that keep the spirit of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor alive for generations to come.
“As 1670 Charlestowne, we now invite you to experience the exquisite light of ‘Charlestowne’ wherever this candle burns. We hope it ignites in you what the brilliance of this city has ignited in each of us.”