P. F. Candle Co., originally called Pommes Frites, was founded by Kristen Pumphrey in 2008. She had lost her job when the recession hit, and relocated to Austin with the dream of making things by hand to pay the bills. The P. F. Candle Co. signature amber jar line was launched in 2012 after hours spent on the craft fair circuit and another cross-country move.
P. F. got its big break in 2013, when the line was picked up by West Elm following an Etsy pop-up. The demand from this big break inspired her husband, Tom, to join the business full time after years of behind-the-scenes help.
Since 2013, P. F. has expanded from two people to a team of 43. From a studio apartment operation to globally recognized brand, P. F. is a completely bootstrapped enterprise.
All of P. F. Candle Co. products are designed, produced and shipped out of Southern California. Their mission is to create high quality fragrance for both the home and body at accessible price points, while supporting the lives of their staff.