In 2017, when Ryan, Collin and Austin Gill asked for more allowance to buy video games, their parents, said either “get a job or start a business.” The brothers, just kids at the time, did the latter. Their family-founded, Black-owned candle business, Frères Branchiaux, is sold at Target and Sur La Table. The “This Woman’s Work” candle, like all their candles, is formulated with a vegan soy wax blend poured into an amber glass jar and has fruity, floral and earthy scent notes, according to the brand.
“Being a Black business brings us so much pride,” the Gill family told us. “Not only are we showing other Black kids and families that they can start with an idea and keep pushing it to success, but we are also an inspiration to anyone who has a dream.”