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!


Locally Loved: Charleston Gifts $75 and Under

I’ve gathered a few of my absolute favorite Charleston-made or Charleston-themed gifts below, all $75 and under, and a couple from Candy Shop Vintage of course. From the hostess gift to friends and family, there is something in here for everyone.

1. Our 5′ Long Charleston Rice Bead Necklace perfect for Mom, Grandmother, sister or friend (shown in shiny gold) $75
2. Our Embroidered Linen Charleston Cocktail Napkins (set of 6) $56
3. Horseshoe cocktail picks from Sideshow press with a chic, masculine flair (set of 12) $12
4. Adorable vintage-style lunchbox printed with the work of Charleston based artist Lulie Wallace $22.50
5. Made in Charleston, a mason jar candle in Winter “Beet” Scent by Produce Candles $56
6. A scrumptious Holiday gift tin of  Sugar bakeshop goodies available locally in two sizes $20 (small) & $28 (large)
7. Limited edition Charleston Print by Rifle Paper from Mac&Murphy (11″x14″) $40
8. Sweet Sloth Friend Toynament from the adorable collection of  Finkelestein Creatures, handmade in Charleston $16

About Last Night: Trunk Show at HAMPDEN Clothing

Last night I hosted a really great Candy Shop Vintage Trunk Show at HAMPDEN Clothing on King Street in Downtown Charleston. Stacy, the owner of HAMPDEN and I came together to plan the party which included Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes as out guest DJ. She did a FABULOUS job – she even brought records! Everyone loved the music and it created the perfect atmosphere for shopping and socializing.

In part the trunk show was to launch my new “Far East Collection” which will be available online starting next week.

I had a great time showing everyone the designs and even talking a little jewelry making with the girls from Croghan’s, a family owned jewelry store up the street from HAMPDEN.

Our cocktail napkins, a collaboration with Lettermade were a huge hit and will also be available online starting next Monday.

It was so fun seeing both new and old friends, familiar and unfamiliar faces and Squeeze On Site did a great job keeping everyone’s drinks topped up.

Thanks to Jane for such great music, to Stacy and HAMPDEN for having me and to Clay Austin, our photographer who captured the evening so nicely.

You can check out the rest of the photos on the Candy Shop Vintage Facebook Page!



It’s another rainy day in Charleston.  Honestly, this has been one of the rainiest summers we’ve had here yet!  Really longing for fall and a little bit of consistent sunshine!  So on a more colorful note, our Charleston Rice Beads will be available in coral online very soon!  They’ll also be debuting in person on Thursday evening at The Pitt Street Stroll where I’ll be hosting a trunk show from 5-8PM at Out of Hand, an adorable little shop in Mt. Pleasant’s Old Village (fun fact: The Notebook was filmed just a couple doors down at The Pitt Street Pharmacy).  Here’s a peek at the new color:

Also, Malia Dreyer (of Lettermade, an online store that sells beautiful, hand-embroidered and monogrammed linens like the one shown below) and I are collaborating on several linen cocktail napkin designs that will be launching later this fall in both our online shops. SO excited about this – the designs we’ve come up with are adorable!

This past weekend I turned 34.  This was the sad state of my living room the morning after.  I was going to have a pool party at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club but the weather just would’t cooperate.  There is something so nice and intimate about having a house party though, so it wasn’t a total wash.  We definitely don’t do it enough and everyone had a great time.  It inspired me to start planning a fall dinner party – not sure if I can top this one though!

Also, in the current issue of Garden&Gun you’ll notice that some of my friend’s gorgeous luxury travel bags from Chief Trunk are featured in the Weekend Getaway story.  I did a post on The Chief and and interview with the founder awhile back, you can read it here. A great story of a vintage-inspired, American brand.

Just wanted to share a snapshot I love that I think really captures my daughter Daphne.  This was taken at her Montessori school where she is working on a classic Montessori exercise, transferring tiny things from one dish to another.  I think this is going to prepare her really well for interning for me in just a few years.

And a Chinese proverb I snapped on the sign in front of the Unitarian Church on lower King Street the night of my birthday.  A good reminder that we don’t always have to be rushing things or moving at the speed of light, just moving forward.

Candy Shop Vintage is InStyle This April

No really! It is IN InStyle!  Do you know how cool it is to open such a recognized magazine see something you designed?  Pretty amazing!

This is a first for one of my Candy Shop Collection designs to actually be featured in a national magazine. I met with there amazingly stylish and lovely Accessories Director Leah last year to show her my Collection. It means so much to me that such a big publication would support a new line and designer. And it was named as one of the top 10 essentials to these 31 looks. So thank you InStyle!  The Classic White Space Age Bangle is styled seven different ways, here are just a few.

A Charleston Luncheon (& Trivia Answers)

What are the key ingredients to a good party?  Turns out, BBQ, a little bit of day drinking, some awesome ladies and a little Ryan Gosling.  Last Thursday, I threw a launch party for my brand new collection of Charleston Rice Beads, a revival of a vintage bead chain inspired by the port city (and my current home) Charleston, SC.  I invited some of my favorite (and most creative) ladies in Charleston.  While it may appear so, this is hardly your typical “ladies who lunch” crowd.  Filling out our table at The George Gallery  in downtown Charleston were entrepreneurs, interior designers, bloggers, editors, writers, store owners – women (and fellow Charleston dwellers) who inspire me daily.

Everyone got their own little sample from my new collection as well as the opportunity to fill our my tongue-in-cheek Charleston Trivia quiz that I posted Friday.  If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll get all ten answers…

I spelled out CHARLESTON in gold letter balloons that made a wonderful backdrop to the luncheon in the airy and modern George Gallery.  On the menu was serve yourself BBQ from one of Charleston’s best spots – Home Team – with key lime pie and banana pudding for dessert.  I also accented the bar and tables with CIN CIN Vintage’s great prints and cocktail napkins inscribed “Champage is Always The Answer.” (Isn’t it though?)

And of course, front and center was the jewelry itself, a small pop-up of all of our Charleston Rice Beads currently on offer in shades of silver, gold and even a bright turquoise.  The necklaces are 5′ in length and can be doubled and even tripled plus look great layered together.  And our Charleston Rice Bead bracelets are only $28 and a perfect way to begin your own collection:

The signature cocktail of the afternoon was a vodka and St. Germain cocktail over crushed ice and topped with fresh lime and a splash of champagne.  I served it up in these adorable kraft coffee cups with fun, striped straws along with some rosé Champagne from the boys of Wine Awesomeness:

Me putting on my “party face” (above) in some of my Charleston Rice Beads and Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty doing a little shopping with Elizabeth Gumb of Well Coiffed Closet (below):

These are some of the first ladies I met in Charleston and my closest friends, Martina Radic a practicing psychologist in Charleston, Harper Poe of Proud Mary and Stella French who currently works for AirBnB and Charleston gal about town:

Stylist Ayoka Lucas, taking a break from her pre-Charleston Fashion Week prep chats with Harper just after I give everyone the lowdown on how to fill out their trivia questions:

I had the opportunity to make a small presentation on the collection and of course announce all the trivia winners. Lunchtime trivia was the perfect activity to keep things moving along and also fun and interesting, plus one lucky guest even got to take home Ryan Gosling.

And of course these girls always look wonderful – Hanna Seabrook (gadabout), Chassity Evans (Look. Linger. Love)  and Olivia Mitchell Block (Lacquered Life). They have three of the best blogs around.

Big thanks to Clay Austin for capturing the luncheon magic, to the George Gallery and Anne Siegfried for lettings us throw a party in her fab space and Ryan for being so courteous with the ladies.

Want to see more luncheon photos?  Head over to our Candy Shop Vintage Facebook Page.  As for our Charleston Trivia Quiz from our previous post, here are the answers: 1) 1920’s  2)  Mark Sanford  3)  Stephen Colbert   4)  The Notebook  5)  2007  6)  Garden & Gun  7) (d) cocaine  8) Sean Brock of HUSK and McCrady’s  9) Gold Bug Island  10) Bill Murray

Candy Shop Vintage + LulaKate

We are excited to be partnering with LulaKate at their King Street store in Charleston to style a runway show showcasing their Spring/Summer Collection along with some of our Candy Shop Collection jewelry and select one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.  The event will be from 5:30-8:30 on Thursday, February 6th. Cocktails will be served at 5:30 followed by a runway show at 6:30PM and shopping after the show. Music by JAZ, our resident DJ. Space is limited and invite only, so contact us if you’d like to be added to the guest list!

Trunk Show at Henri Bendel This Week

I am thrilled to be hosting my first Trunk Show for Henri Bendel New York this week (beginning tomorrow, September 26th) in their Flagship store at 712 5th Avenue:

I landed in New York extremely early this AM (7:30) on the equivalent of the red-eye from Charleston, but it is nice to have a full day in New York, especially in this beautiful fall weather!  My best friend met me for a quick coffee in Grand Central and snapped this photo of me at the big clock, our meeting point, which brings back lots of memories from my days in NY:

I’ll be debuting some of our brand new fall colors so stop by and see us for your Candy Shop Vintage fix!

– Deirdre Zahl (owner & designer)

Where to Find Candy Shop Vintage

Wondering where you can shop Candy Shop Vintage in person?  Check our Stockists page for the most up to date list of retail stores who carry the Candy Shop Collection.  You can also come to one of our Trunk Shows or Events.  Our next Trunk Show in the New York Area is at Henri Bendel September 26th-29th.

This fall we’ve added three new stores, listed above.  In Charleston, you can now stop by Hampden’s sister store and accessories boutique JAMES at 314 King Street.

In Birmingham, Alabama find our collection at Bromberg’s with three store locations:

And just yesterday we shipped this fall order off to Ziabird in Wilmington, NC at Lumina Station:

We’re excited to partner with these fabulous stores to bring you the very first Candy Shop Collection! Please check in as we add more retailers or if you want to see us in a store near you, shoot us a quick note!