2014 has absolutely flown by for me. Hard to believe that it was only earlier this year we launched our Charleston Rice Beads. Since launch we have sold over 8,000 feet of necklaces and bracelets – more than half the length of the Ravenel Bridge! I feel so fortunate to have a growing business (one I started in the guest room of our house) and it is an exciting time as I continue to expand the Candy Shop Vintage line and to work with so many talented people to make it happen. Here are some of the highlights of my year:
Debuting the Charleston Rice Bead collection to a fabulous group of ladies at a Charleston-themed lunch I hosted at The George Gallery in March:
Seeing the Candy Shop Vintage Space Age Bangle featured in the April 2014 issue of InStyle Magazine:
Hosting a trunk show and book signing with The Deans of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits Suzanne’s beautiful Downtown Charleston home.
Collaborating with some very talented ladies on our first wedding lookbook featuring both vintage jewelry and the Charleston Rice Beads. My friend Evelyn, of Evelyn’s Alterations and Design, designed and handmade the bride and bridesmaid dresses, Paige Winn did the photography, Bailey Bial styled hair, Flowershop provided the lovely blooms and hair and makeup was done by Amanda Rose and Bailey Bial:
In June, I went up north for a factory visit (and little vacation). We spent a lot of time in Rhode Island, one of my favorite states. Even though it is a small, it is fun to explore. Check out my mini-guide guide to Rhode Island for more. This was Daphne’s third visit and she loved it!
In August, my husband John and I were featured on southernliving.com as part of a Southern Style feature. We hardly consider ourselves amongst most stylish in Charleston, but Gray Benko made us look our best:
In September, we all sadly said goodbye to style icon Joan Rivers. I recounted and remembered with gratitude swapping necklaces with her on her 80th birthday:
We also shot our A Charleston Afternoon lookbook featuring some of the hottest spots around town (Leon’s Oyster Shop, Sugar Bakeshop, mac & murphy, and The George Gallery), and the Charleston Rice Beads. I have been wanting to do this for awhile, sharing some of my favorite local spots with our clients inside and outside of Charleston and I loved how it turned out:
For the first time this year, I helped designed our first non-jewelry items. The Candy Shop Vintage x Lettermade collaboration – three unique sets of embroidered linen cocktail napkins. I loved working with the talented owner of Lettermade, Malia Dreyer on them.
Ending the year with the launch of my new Far East Collection was fantastic. These Asian-inspired pieces are based on a much loved 1970’s vintage runway necklace I own, and include the Breastplate Statement Necklace, the Crescent Necklace, and the Lu Tassel Earrings in a few different colors, as well as the delicate Lu Necklace which, like the earrings, features the Chinese symbol for prosperity. I debuted the Collection at a trunk show at HAMPDEN clothing, one of the Charleston Area Candy Shop Vintage retailers and best boutiques in Charleston. Stacy, the owner (below) has a fabulous eye and curates a cutting edge collection of designers, keeping Charleston fashion forward.
Blogger and DJ, Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, flew to Charleston especially for the event, and wowed us all with her DJ skills. I gifted Jane some of her own Charleston Rice Beads as a thank you and later spotted them on her bog paired with this amazing vintage tweed top – they have never looked so glam!
I also took the Collection to Gwynn’s for a pre-Christmas Trunk Show – where select Far East inspired pieces are still available.
And on a personal note, we added to our family with the adoption of a furry friend, Birthday the poodle (named by my daughter). Can you spot him in our Christmas card?
I was even gifted an ornament this Christmas by the lovely ladies of Croghan’s. She is what I imagine his future girlfriend will look like – ooh lala!
THANK YOU to everyone for your continued support of Candy Shop Vintage. It has been such a huge year and never would have happened without loyal friends and customers, old and new. So excited to see what 2015 has in store, Happy New Year!
– Deirdre Zahl (designer & owner, Candy Shop Vintage)