Celebrate Made in The U.S.A.

Did you know our entire Collection of Vintage Inspired jewelry is actually made here in the U.S.A.? We do 100% of our production in New England and whenever possible source stones, chain and other components from stateside vendors. You can read more about it here.

Our ball tassel necklaces come in red, white and blue and make the perfect summer accessory!  Even our packaging is made locally, with Carolina Retail Packaging, you can check them out here.  What did you do this Independence Day? Something like this, hopefully!

 

Bloomingdale’s and Other NY Adventures

As a designer, getting your foot in the door at a top NYC department store is pretty much what you work for and towards in general.  So, I was thrilled when back in January, I was invited by Bloomingdale’s to be a trunk show vendor, meaning coming to their stores in New York to showcase and sell my new Candy Shop Collection.  Bloomingdale’s NY has a lot of history for me – I grew up shopping at their White Plains Store (and the manager’s daughter was my best childhood friend). Plus, I incurred my first credit card debt of any significance after a summer of living (and practically commuting) through their 59th Street flagship store.  So to be invited to sell my designs there? Full circle in the best way possible!  I started at White Plains, very close to where I grew up in Tarrytown, NY, here is a shot of me in front of my first display in the Accessories department:

I was there all day and they even pulled some of my jewelry for their summer runway show that was held that evening.  Check out one of their models wearing our Egyptian Collar Necklace with a fab magenta dress (left). On the right is Mary Ann, The Accessories manager who doubled as my second mom growing up!  Such a privilege to get to work with her for the day:

(Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with their black and white tile floors?!) I also got visits from lots of friends and family which I really appreciated as it was my first foray into the world of big NY retail and I was a little bit nervous. From White Plains, my mom (who was nice enough to assist me for the first two days) and I took a very late car ride into the city so that I could be at the 59th Street Flagship Store all day last Friday.  Here’s my display at 59th street – a bit smaller than in White Plains – par for the course for real estate in NYC!  The cool thing about it was that is was a real trunk, drawers and all:

The weekend was divided up between a third Bloomingdale’s location – their awesome SoHo store – and a second day at 59th Street – all and all FOUR days of NY retail!  (I had to buy a pair of flats on day three to keep from limping home).  I also had the help of these two beautiful ladies, fellow designer Siobhan Murphy (left) and my jewelry angel Ginny (right), who flew in from Charleston for the weekend:

With the three of us on rotation, we modeled and moved some jewelry and enabled one another to get plenty of Magnolia Bakery cupcake breaks (they have an outpost  in the 59th store, which we were strategically position next to) as well as run over to Zara to pick up cute, retail appropriate flats!  We also had a great visit from Alia of  Firefly Events and amazingly talented event designer with whom we collaborated on a fun blog post awhile back:

She picked up our new scarab stud earrings which have yet to make their debut online.  Of course we did need to blow off a little steam at night with some of my local friends – let’s just say our Saturday night made for a very long Sunday!

So, the part some of you have been waiting for is next… I am sorry I don’t have more photographic evidence, but you’ll have to take my word for it and this picture, below.  Ginny and I were having a celebratory drink at the gorgous David Burke Townhouse across the way from Bloomingdale’s 59th Street after our last trunk show when who should walk in but one of my all time favorite celebs and a fellow jewelry maven, appreciator, and pusher… JOAN RIVERS!  It was her 80th birthday and she was celebrating with some friends, and there I was at the bar with by big case of jewelry, wearing all my own jewelry and I just could NOT pass up the opportunity to say hello.  So, we stopped at her table on our way out and I’d barely got my fangirl words out of my mouth when she said to me “OH MY GAWWWDDD, I LOVE YOUR EARRINGS!” (these, to be exact).  We chatted for awhile about her jewelry line and mine, she asked for my business card and then, when I went to give her one of my necklaces SHE took her OWN necklace off and gave it to me!  So, Joan Rivers and I ACTUALLY traded our OWN necklaces with one another.  Voila, this necklace (below) was hers and she has The Candy Shop Vintage Egyptian Collar Necklace, which a little bird told me she wore througout the rest of her birthday dinner!  It was a pretty special, classic NYC celeb moment.

And, speaking of NY moments, before I left town I was lucky enough to meet and sit down with a friend I’d only previously known through Instagram.  We’ve been “liking” eachother’s photos and jewelry designs on Instagram for almost a year now, but this was the first time we’ve met in person.  Lorraine  is not only immensely talented (check our her Etsy shop) but is one of the warmest, smartest and coolest ladies I’ve ever come accross:

These were the highlights of a great trip and retail adventure… Thank you Bloomingdale’s and NY for having me!

– Deirdre Zahl, Candy Shop Vintage owner & designer 

Candy Shop Vintage at Bloomingdale’s New York

The Candy Shop Collection is making it’s NY debut this week at four Bloomingdale’s Trunk Shows. So, if you are in the NY area, come and see us! Dates and times are as follows:

Bloomingdale’s – White Plains
Thursday, June 20th
11AM-7PM – Accessories on 1

Bloomingdale’s – 59th Street
Friday, June 21st & Sunday, June 23rd
All Day – Accessories on 1

Bloomingdale’s – SoHo
Saturday, June 22
All Day – Accessories on 1

The March of The Elephants

We were obsessing over these handpainted John Robshaw pillows today and got to thinking what an awful lot of great things there are with elephants in them.  The elephant is considered lucky (also, my daughter was born in the year of the elephant) and our Elephants on Parade Necklace just happens to be our best seller!  Plus, the shape of an elephant is simply irresistible…

1. Elephant Cocktail Picks – C. Wonder $38

2. Handpainted Pillows from John Robshaw

3. White Elephant Laundry Hamper – Home Decorator’s $89.99

4. Elephant Book Ends – One Kings Lane

5. No Straw Needed – (4) Embroidered Cocktail Napkins from Taigan $32

6. & 7. Our Elephants on Parade Necklace $140 & Lucky Elephant Earrings $40

9. Elizabeth McKay Silk Shirt $195

Miami Vices

We just got back from Miami and though it was basically a monsoon the whole time, we managed to sneak in some true design inspiration. #1 being our hotel, The Viceroy, famously designed by Philippe Starck and Kelly Wearstler – truly amazing!

An upgrade to the 35th floor didn’t hurt either, a perfect place to wait out the storm:

#2 The Art Deco architecture.  We took the official tour – in the rain – at least there were cocktails!

#3 The Bass Art Museum.  There is a wonderful rotating jewelry exhibit showing there, From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler featuring jewelry from various artist over the past 50 years or so, all from a private collection.

From the beautiful and sculptural to the whimsical and cutting edge, there was jewelry designed by everyone from Salvador Dalí to Jeff Koons even Damien Hirst, here are a few of our favorites:

All three are definitely worth checking out if you are in Miami.  Who needs beaches when you have design?  (Clockwise from top left, above:) 1. Damien Hirst, Pharmaceutical Pills Charm Bracelet, 1965  2. Salvador Dalí, Cuillére avec montre-peigne (spoon with comb), 1957 3. Sophia Vari, Amazones, 2011 4. Robert Indiana, Love Ring 1967 5. Claude Lalanne, Gold-plated serpent brooch, 1924