Since 1902, a family passion that has passed down from generation to generation.
Producing private label candles and third-party candles has been our non-stop journey for 120 years. Quality, flexibility and earnestness mark our history. Bianchi1902 represents the uniqueness of your brand
About us. Since 1902, a family passion that has been passed down from generation to generation. Our history, for four generations now, is represented by the essential bond between the name Bianchi and its raw material, always moulded with care and love. Producing quality, bespoke candles has been our non-stop journey since 1902, when our company was established in Varese. It all started with the production of candles mainly for liturgical use, which already showed glimpses of a strong intention to offer high quality and customized products. Passionate and far-sighted, as long ago as the ‘60s of the last century we discovered the candle as a design element.
Once upon a time: since 1902, candles with passion, tradition and innovation
It was 1902 when Giuseppe Bianchi, an employee of a candle factory in Milan, decided to take over a production plant in Varese which, from that moment on, became Cereria Bianchi.
The first historical head office was in the heart of the city, in via Manzoni. In those days, the art of making candles was quite different from today. The procedure, in fact, was entirely manual and carried out using the “immersion” technique, which required considerable human effort in the face of a certain danger.
At that early stage in the 20th century candles had two main uses: lighting, especially for those who could afford it and, above all, liturgical ceremonies. The latter sector, in a country with a strong religious vocation, was immediately successful, to the extent that already in 1908 Cereria Bianchi was acknowledged as a papal supplier and was awarded the coat of arms of “Cereria Vaticana”.
The investiture was not easy, and required very selective requirements to be met. In other words, it was a quality certification ahead of its time. As early as the ‘60s of the last century, the candle was beginning to evolve into an object of interior design. We were a long way from the current concept of Home Design, but we had certainly understood the potential of our products also in terms of beauty. This first approach would, a few decades later, find its natural and commercial outlet in the Home Decor line.
since 1996 Laura Bianchi and Bruno Frigè, the third generation in the candle factory, have taken over the reins of the company, and today they are enthusiastically joined by their son and daughter, Andrea and Valentina, constituting the fourth generation.
In 2016, a second factory was opened in Galliate Lombardo, where the outlet dedicated to private customers was inaugurated.
In 2021, the Bianchi1902 division was established, resulting from the growing demand for the production of fragrant candles on behalf of third parties. Consolidated in order to specialize and sectorize a previously marginal branch of the company, but which to date represents the growth of the company, increasingly verticalized in the production of products tailored to the customer