It all started with an idea. An idea close to my heart. To allow the moments I love, the people I love, and the times I want to revisit to live on. Fernweh is a feeling of missing places that don’t exist. To be homesick of those places, moments and people. And to not only bring myself, but you, back to those moments is why Fernweh exists.
In 2021 I moved down to Charlotte, NC with my cats and my boyfriend. I started a new job and moved into a new apartment. It was the start of my adult life. As time went on, the homesickness kicked in. I missed home, missed my mom and her perfume that made me feel at peace. I wish I could spend my Saturdays with my Nana and Papa eating Nana's yummy food and stealing desserts from the laundry room or reminiscing with my Dad about my Oma and Opa who I have never stopped missing since the day they left us.
The feeling of coming home to my grandparents house without my grandparents. In a house where nothing has changed but the fact they are no longer physically here but every single memory spent with them still lingers behind.
The leftover memories are what I like to call them. The feeling of wanting to pack them away somewhere safe because bittersweet memories are better than no memories. “Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart” The feeling of missing the places and people that no longer exist but being able to relive them by scent, photographs, and stories.
How could I be home without physically being home? How could I re-visit the memories that made me who I am without going back in time? I needed to find a way to bring myself back to those special moments with the people who mean the most to me. And this is when Fernweh began.
In my 700 square foot apartment is where it all started. I began testing scents that would bring back the same feelings I felt when I lived those special moments. Fernweh became my way of bringing people home without physically being there.
The passion and homesickness I have for those special moments and memorable people is what drives me to keep going.
I am so thankful for you all, so thankful for all the shop owners and the amazing people who have given Fernweh a chance. Who made it possible to pursue my passion of bringing people back to their most treasurable moments, or even just to enjoy my candles.
This is why Fernweh began. So I can get one more second with my favorite memories of the people who mean the most to me. And if Fernweh can bring you back to one thing I hope it’s the memories you keep closest to your heart.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.