Speakeasy Co. is a new brand of hand-brewed, hand-crafted soy wax candles. Katie Chrystal is the designer behind the brand that officially launched in April earlier this year. Originally from Perth, she and her partner operate out of a little candle studio on a popular café and bar strip in Surry Hills, Sydney. Katie previously studied art direction as well as advertising and marketing, and always loved creativity and anything that would allow her to look away from the computer screen and get back to using her hands. The first candle vessel she ever made started on a Saturday night, when she and her partner used fire and ice to cut recycled beer bottles. They then started brewing wax and adding oils, going round to local bars at night asking for empty beer bottles – hence the name. Each candle is still hand-poured in batches of ten to keep consistency in the brewing. The colours and design are intentionally minimal and basic, in keeping with the brand aesthetic which is minimal, unique and peaceful. And the fragrances are delicious. At the moment they are selling one size candle that burns for 40 hours but next year will see the launch of an 80 hour burn candle. Currently the candles are stocked in boutiques around Australia but Katie is keen to expand operations internationally. For more information, please contact team@speakeasy.com.au; go to the website speakeasyco.com.au.