CREATIVES: Entrepreneur to Watch Deirdre Zahl
Here are some of this entrepreneur’s faves …
Fave book or author:
From a professional perspective I think everyone who has their own business should read David & Goliath by Malcom Gladwell but David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again is one of the most hilarious and insightful things I’ve ever read and makes for great beach reading.
LEARN Horse Rescue which I just learned about (haha!) through a friend – they are amazing!
#1 skill/attribute needed to be an entrepreneur:
I don’t have a specific role model but I admire different people for different reasons. I recently read Barbara Cocoran’s Book Shark Tales and loved it. I like the way she is as a woman in business and on Shark Tank and her success is staggering.
I also greatly admire Janie Bryant, the costume designer for MAD MEN who really ushered in a new era of fashion by presenting vintage fashion to our contemporary culture via MAD MEN in a very linear way. (Pieces from Deirdre’s rotating collection of vintage jewelry have been featured on the show.)
Favorite social media:
If you keep doing what you are doing, you’ll keep getting what you get.
Interesting tidbit about you or your business:
I started it with $800 at a flea market
The Candy Shop Collection, the exclusive vintage-inspired jewelry line, as well as their popular Charleston Rice Beads, are available online and through select retailers as well as at the new Candy Shop Vintage Retail Showroom in Downtown Charleston. Located at 9 Cannon Street, you can choose from both new and an array of vintage treats.
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.
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Enjoy this series where we introduce you to Southern creatives we find inspiring-
- Nan Myers, Jay Ducote and Jane Pope Cooper
- TJ Callaway, Natalie Evans and Javacia Bowser
- Marquin Campbell
- Putt Weatherbee
- Jamie Meares
- Molly Jane Gravitt
- Ursula Reynolds
- Claire Bruce
- Ashley Schoenith
- Hillary Crittendon and Laura Martin
- Sarah Almond
- Louise Van Winkle Breen, Carrie Van Winkle Greener & Chenault Van Winkle James
- Tracy Blanchard
- Katherine Frankstone
- Kyla Cox
- Morgan Hutchinson
- Marion Blount and Leslie Chapman
- Elizabeth Joyce
- Julie Willis
- Sarah Elizabeth Dewey and Jolie Bensen
- Pamela Berger
- Jean Daniel
- Laura Vinroot Poole