Of all our candle obsessions – and there are many – the Hotel Costes candle – has been the greatest and most enduring. So when we heard that one of the creatives behind them, Rami Mekdachi had launched his own range our ears pricked up. Mekdachi was born in Beirut and raised in Paris where he was a perfume developer for L’Oreal before working with Chloe, Roger Vivier, Jacques Garcia (the designer behind the Hotel Costes amazing interiors) and the Hotel Arts Barcelona. But a couple of years ago he launched his own brand Lola James Harper which combines candles and fragrance with evocative travels, so that scents include the sweet amber and incense aroma of The Bomboneria in Barlecona – a favourite store that Mekdachi visited in Spain. Or the heady florals including tuberose and gardenia-infused manoi, that evoke another favourite store, The Surf Shop of his friend Stephane. We’ve been burning The Promenade in Vincennes Wood which combines green tea, lily and wood in a very sweet, soft candle perfect for a summer evening. Mekdachi has just launched his candles in Selfridges and just as you’d expect from his CV, his packaging is sleek and chic too.