Retailer Spotlight: Natalia Castillo and Escapada Living

Today, we are chatting with the owners of one of our favorite Candy Shop Vintage retailers Escapada whose bright colors and patterns already have us dreaming of a tropical vacation even though it is only the end of November. You can find some of our Candy Shop Collection pieces as well as our Charleston Rice Beads in their Escapada Signature Store in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We asked the owner and founder Natalia Castillo about Inc. Magazine’s second fastest growing company in South Carolina and the travels that inspire her prints and patterns.
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Natalia Castillo, CEO and owner of Escapada Living at home

1) I know you like to travel a lot to find inspiration for your colorful prints. What are you top three favorite travel spots? What is next on the list?

Yes, I love to travel! My favorite destinations are Brazil, Bali, and the French Riviera. Brazil is such a unique, vibrant country – the culture and lifestyle are full of energy, and my favorite cities there are Rio and Buzios. Bali’s natural beauty is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. From the beach to the rainforest, everything is bright, colorful, and tropical. Finally, the French Riviera is where I was first inspired to create the Escapada Living brand, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. With its beautiful coastline and chic style, its effortless elegance is hard to beat. “Escapada” means “escape” in Spanish, so it’s no surprise that those beautiful destinations have served as the inspiration for the brand!For my next trip, I’m heading to Peru with my niece – specifically Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. I have some family in Lima, and it’s a wonderful up-and-coming city that’s growing really quickly. With its vibrant colors and rich culture, Cusco is another incredible source of inspiration. Many of the people there still wear traditional Peruvian garb, which is full of amazing colors, textures, and details. I visited Machu Picchu years ago, and I have a feeling this time it will be completely different. Back then, everything was totally unregulated – you could wander around anywhere, and it was totally free to visit. It will definitely be interesting to see it again now, and I’m so excited to share such a special place with my niece.

 2) Did you always envision going into brick and mortar retail or is it something that happened organically?

It was always my plan to have a brick and mortar location that worked as an extension of the Escapada Living brand. My career actually began as a buyer for Macy’s department stores, so I’ve always been passionate about brick and mortar, and I had experience with retail in that format. I love having our own store, and it’s truly a place where the Escapada Living brand comes to life. It’s incredible to have the opportunity to connect with customers, hear their feedback, and see them interact with the brand. It makes my day when I see a happy customer get really excited about their new purchase!

 3) What are the other lines you carry outside of your own Escapada designs?

Our Signature Store is full of brands that complement Escapada Living and hang well with our line. We carry clothing lines like Tori Richard, Julie Brown, Just Madras, Gretchen Scott, THML, and Barbara Gerwit. For jewelry and accessories, we’re proud to sell several local brands, including Candy Shop Vintage! Our customers love the Charleston Rice Beads collection, and we also carry pieces from Hart Studio, The Tiny Tassel, Sangria, and more. Our store has completely different inventory than our website, so it’s been really fun to tailor its selection to fit our local customer.

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The Escapada Signature Store

 4) What is your most popular print?

We initially introduced our Jungle print for the summer 2017 line, and it became an instant favorite. It’s a fun, abstract palm print with a playful, hand-painted feel and lots of movement. We’ve created a few versions of it in different colorways, and will feature it in our upcoming resort 2018 collection as well. That collection will be available starting in December – just in time for a winter getaway!

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Our Charleston Rice Beads paired with a tropical Escapada ensemble

 5) Have you ever thought about venturing beyond apparel design into other products? What is next for Escapada (maybe for Spring 2018)?

I’d love to create an Escapada Living home collection with pillows, blankets/ throws, placemats, napkins, etc. Customers always tell us that our brand makes them smile every time they see it, and I think a home line would be a natural next step – extending that happiness beyond the closet and throughout the rest of the home.

For the immediate future, we’re thrilled to debut our new plus size collection for resort/spring 2018. This line, called Escapada Living Curve, features our best-selling styles and prints in sizes 0X-3X (numeric sizes 14-24). It’s been available to our wholesale retailers for a little while, but this is the first time that it will be sold on our website and in our store. Those new sizing options are truly an instance of “ask and you shall receive.” Customers kept telling us they were looking for more sizes in our clothing, and we couldn’t be happier that we’re able to fill that need now.

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An Escapada model in a summery Escapada dress wearing our Summer White Charleston Rice Beads wrapped as a bracelet.

 

Candy Shop Vintage Goes to Market

We just settled in at America’s Mart in Atlanta. This biannual market is a wholesale market where we offer our line to retailers around the country. If you are in Atlanta for market, you can find our booth in the Boutique section, building three on floor 4 Booth 204 where we are showcasing new colors and styles for Fall 2017!

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Merry Christmas To You: An AMAZING Giveaway

Soooo… Right about now you are probably scrambling to buy other people’s Christmas gifts and finding all kinds of things you want to buy for yourself. Well, problem solved. My friend Chassity of Look.Linger.Love. is hosting an Ultimate Holiday Giveaway TODAY (and she is not kidding around with over $6,000 in prizes and there will be only ONE lucky winner!). You heard that right. Our Pop The Bubbly Necklace is among the many insanely wonderful prizes some lucky winner will get. Full rundown below. You can enter by hopping on over to her website and following the instructions in her post – hurry, giveaway ends today!

Original face painting by Sally King Benedict.
$200 gift card to Troubadour.
Champagne necklace from Candy Shop Vintage.
Diamond bar necklace from Jane Pope Jewelry.
Bakers Dozen package from Callies Biscuits.
Necklace from Twine & Twig.
$250 gift card for Hampden Clothing.
$300 gift card to Marysia Swim.
Greetabl package from Greetabl.
Mens shirt from Ledbury.
Swing from Swurfer.
Fish scarf from Kate Design.
Build a bike from Affordable.
Satchel from Alesya Bags.
Goldbug cuff from Croghans.
White cocotte from Staub.
1 night stay at Zero George.
Customize a gift set at RMS Beauty.
$400 gift card to Celadon.
10 candles from Rewind.
Framed beach print from Teil Duncan.
Framed floral print from Lulie Wallace.

 

Father’s Day Love

When my friend Morgan of BURU – a fabulous online clothing boutique for fashion forward mammas – asked me to share a little about my husband for Father’s Day for her online magazine, I couldn’t help but think back to this adorable photo shoot we did with Gray Benko last year. These photos really captured the essence of my husband John and daughter Daphne’s silly and loving relationship.  In honor of Father’s Day I shared a little more about Daphne’s special Daddy as well put together a great little Father’s Day gift guide for all the moms out there… Head on over to the BURU blog today and check it out! 

And thanks again to Gray for these photos we will treasure forever – they really captured a special moment in time and the very brief moment our poodle, Birthday, was actually small!

White Out: Our Summer Breastplate Necklace

With summer on the way it seems like the right time to start thinking about incorporating white back into our wardrobes. White in the summer – especially in the South – is a no-brainer. While I love the vintagey opal stones I chose for our Breastplate Necklace we also thought it would look great for summer set with milky, white glass stones. I showed this to Grace Atwood, the girl behind my online style/DIY and all things fun blog, The Stripe and she fell in love. Grace was kind enough to post about our recent New York trunk show so I gave her one of my new, white Breastplate necklaces as a thank you I love how she incorporated it into her whimsical Cinco de Mayo look:

And if you check out her full post on The Stripe you’ll see that she also has a new recommendation for a delicious sounding West Village taco spot to go with it. And what’s better than an outdoor taco spot when the weather warms up? Our breastplate necklace, now available in white, will also be available soon in turquoise for summer wear:

Thank You Southern Living!

Thank you to Southern Living and Stephanie Granada for including me in this feature on the 50 Best Dressed Southerners. It really is an honor, there are some snazzy folks in the South! And as some of you know, Charleston is not my native land. Moving here nearly eight years ago from New York I wondered if I would have to relegate all my black clothes to boxes under the bed. Friends teased me that I would soon have a closet full of Lilly Pullitzer (I have one dress) and the long summer season here threatened to render 2/3 of my wardrobe null and void. But as I’ve eased into life in Charleston, I’ve also eased into my new 2.0 style. Lighter layers, slightly more feminine, but still a love for some edgy details (like my strappy Jerome Rousseau boots from HAMPDEN Clothing).  Read the full piece here.  

Photo by Paige Winn, taken February, 2015 in Charleston, SC

A Vintage Trunk Show Curated by Garden & Gun

I am excited to announce I’ve collaborated with Garden & Gun Magazine to curate a special, online trunk show of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. We’ve selected pieces that had an interesting history, were collected in the South or emulated the magazine’s deep appreciation of Southern sport and culture.

All pieces are available for purchase online on candyshopvintage.com through February 28th.  You can read more about the collaboration and learn about upcoming Candy Shop Vintage trunk shows on their blog today. Enjoy!

 

Blog Love

This week we were featured on Megan Runion’s blog, “For All Things Lovely“…and how lovely it was! Megan is a fellow South Carolinian with delicately feminine style. She styled the Shiny Gold Charleston Rice Bead Necklace by knotting it together with her own pearls, and we are really digging this look. The two long strands are the perfect match. Thanks for the share, Megan!

To see more of her style, check out forallthingslovely.com and her Instagram: @meganrunionmcr

Enter the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway

In honor of the holiday season we are hosting the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway! Starting today, if you follow the instructions at the bottom of this post, you can enter to win the following set of lucky elephant goodness… a gift to yourself or someone else!

One of our Elephants on Parade necklaces along with a pair of our Lucky Elephant Earrings AND a set of 4 of our Pink Elephant Cocktail Napkins from our recent collaboration with Lettermade. A total value of over $200. Can’t you just imagine a few of our lucky elephants around your neck this season? The Elephants on Parade necklace by Candy Shop Vintage has been one of our most popular pieces in the Candy Shop Vintage Collection to date!

It was  was most recently featured on Mary Summer’s Blog, So Then They Say with a chic, pared down layered look, perfect for winter.

So to enter the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest runs through midnight this Sunday, December 13th.  Winner will be announced on our blog and Instagram as well as notified be email next Monday, December 14th. Best of luck!!

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Lovely Jane

I was so thrilled to have Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes in Charleston a a couple weeks ago for my trunk show at HAMPDEN CLOTHING.  I normally hassle my husband (JAZ) to DJ all my events and he is great but to have a fellow vintage lover AND stylish lady DJ to mix things up was just too perfect.  I gave her some Charleston Rice Beads as a souvenir to take back to Dallas and she styled them with this enviable vintage tweed jacket and layers of vintage gold jewelry on her blog last week.  This look is simply perfection – trophy wife meets young city girl combined with 80’s supermodel!

To see more visit her blog, all images via seaofshoes.com.