AVM Casa


Bronxville, NY
For as long as she can remember, Andrea Martins has loved candles. And with her background in retail—at places such as Prada and Calvin Klein Home—she also knows the luxury market. It was Martha Stewart, though, who helped her marry the two and take her vision to the next level. Well, sort of. “I learned how to make candles from a Martha Stewart book called Handmade Christmas,” she says. “It sounds funny, but I was obsessed.” For years, the Brazil native turned Bronxville resident made them for friends and family in her kitchen as a way to wind down after work. In 2013, Martins’ daughter encouraged her to start her own business, and ultimately became a strong influence, too. “My daughter told to me use soy wax because it’s better for the environment and she’s a vegetarian—and of course teenagers know everything,” Martins says. With her daughter in charge of label design and social media, Martins began making and selling 100% soy wax candles infused with essential oils in more than 30 scents. One of the biggest parts of her business are custom orders for weddings and showers, and she recently expanded her line with lip balms, bath salts and soaps. avmcasa.com

Photograph by Hollie Bertram