The Trend Report: Social Studies

James T. Murray

Ah, St. Barths…the water, the jasmine, the palm trees, the Hermès Birkins on the beach. This Caribbean island’s essence is packed into the newest candle and bath salts from Vie Luxe, the brainchild of mother, businesswoman, and favorite girl-about-town Marjorie Gubelmann. Vie Luxe has always focused on re-creating the scents and spirit of Gubelmann’s favorite haunts, from the lemony freshness of Capri to the smoky sultriness of Istanbul. “Going to St. Barths,” says Gubelmann, “is like taking a trip to France, except it’s only three hours from Manhattan.” And to think, with this candle burning on the coffee table, you won’t even have to leave home. $36–$70; 212-941-9656.