Meet Naomi Castillo, MA History of Decorative Arts & Design '13
OESTE is Spanish for West, but for founder Naomi Castillo, Oeste also means home. Started in 2017 while Castillo was living in New York City and homesick for her family and native Los Angeles, Oeste creates soulful candles and other home goods that celebrate Castillo's roots and the beauty of Latin-x culture. Passionate about representation and disappointed by the lack of diversity she saw while working within New York's design world, Castillo started Oeste with the goal of sharing the richness and magic of her Central American heritage through the lens of aromatic storytelling and design.
Now back in LA, Castillo continues to create hand-poured aromatic candles in small batches using high quality sustainable and eco-friendly materials that include a sumptuous blend of coconut and soy waxes, pure cotton wicks, the finest essential and fragrance oils, and recycled and reusable vessels. More than just great candles, Oeste also offers a curated selection of found artisanal goods from designers and makers across the Latin American diaspora within its recently opened brick and mortar space.