Start from Sai Kung
BeCandle is a well-known crafted candle brand borne of Sai Kung. The quality assurance and the story of “Made in Hong Kong” gained the brand many opportunities of collaboration with others over the past 7 years. The origin of the brand story lies in Sai Kung. “I grew up in Sai Kung,” said Xavier, founder of BeCandle. “My family and I have been living here since my grandfather’s generation”.
Xavier himself is a product designer. Making candles was his hobby and he naturally chose it as his creative medium when he planned to start up his own brand. Xavier reached out to some perfumers who aided him in making scented candles. He started out making candles at home, and setting up stalls in flea markets. Soon, he had his family and neighbours helping him with the candle making too. Last year, his factory, retail store and workshop relocated from the Old Town area in Sai Kung, to the more populous Man Nin Street. “Apart from it being lovely having a larger storefront to work from, the sea view here is amazing, it looks the same as it always did when I was growing up,” Xavier says.
Looking back onto the journey, Xavier is particularly grateful to a regular customer who periodically returns his empty containers to him for recycling. It inspired his refill service for his bespoke candles. Sustainability then became one of their primary concerns In their business development plans. Now, the refill service has been further expanded and refined as the “R Plan” - customers can now get their empty containers refilled at special “Refill Stations” set up in different areas.
As a local resident, Xavier has witnessed changes over the years in the district. “The lifestyle in Sai Kung remains the same. The changes occur mainly in the community, as different people move in and out of the area. It brings in fantastic diversity, but ultimately we all share similar values and culture.”
By listing ‘environmental protection’ as one of the core DNA values of his brand, it is Xavier’s way of paying his respects to Sai Kung as one of the working community members and residents of this unique locale.
互撐夥伴【BeCandle】專訪（一） - 從西貢出發
回想業務順利發展，Xavier特別想感謝其中一位西貢客人「西貢本身啲客係好注重環保，我哋而家嘅refill service都係啟發自佢哋，因為早期有個客用完啲蠟燭，就帶番個器皿返嚟問我哋會唔會回收，呢個舉動對BeCandle之後嘅發展有住重要嘅影響」 因此由起初只係回收啲杯清潔、生產，之後提供上門回收同蠟燭重注服務，到近期再同多間店鋪合作喺全港增設重注站等都成為業務重點之一