About Candy Shop Vintage
About The Designer
Candy Shop Vintage was founded in 2009 by designer Deirdre Zahl, whose ten years of experience working in fashion and design in New York informed her thoughtful curation of a vintage jewelry collection. Pieces from her rotating collection of vintage jewelry have been featured in magazines, on various national blogs end even on the hit show MAD MEN. Her curated vintage collection can be purchased exclusively through our website and in our Charleston, S.C. retail store. Deirdre continues to hunt for vintage treasures to add to our one-of-a-kind collection and inspire her whimsical designs.
Inspired by Vintage
After years of collecting and selling vintage, Deirdre also designed and launched The Candy Shop Collection, her own vintage inspired jewelry line with the goal of creating a line that reflected the quality and craftsmanship of the vintage pieces she collected. Her Collection is also sold at specialty events and select boutiques around the country and has been featured in dozens of blogs and national magazines. Her flagship retail store is located at 9 Cannon Street in Charleston, SC where Deirdre lives with her husband John, daughter Daphne and their standard poodle named Birthday. Please join our monthly E-newsletter, The Candygram for the latest Candy Shop Vintage news, event and product updates.
About Our Charleston Rice Beads
Scouring antiques stores and flea markets for inspiration and vintage treasures, Candy Shop Vintage designer Deirdre Zahl occasionally came across long, flapper style bead chains from the 1970’s. She bought them up only to discover they were a style known as Charleston Rice Beads. The shape and texture of the beads pay homage to the port city’s history – an economy founded on rice that helped establish an important cultural center in the Southeast and the United States. Having moved from New York to Charleston, Deirdre fell in love with the wit and whimsy of Southern culture. Our new Charleston Rice Beads are imbued with the spirit of the modern Charleston girl – a creative and independent adventuress. These fabulous beads, re-imagined by Candy Shop Vintage, are meant to be worn at different lengths, wrapped in different ways, and even stacked as bracelets. Trade them, share them, and give them away. Not just for tourists – but a bit of Southern charm for everyone, everywhere. As always, made in the U.S.A.