The Female Willy Wonka

If I was the beautiful child of a famous fashion designer, I’d imagine that I’d go into some kind of fashion related business. Not so with the daughter of Ralph Lauren. Dylan Lauren saw Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at her 5th birthday and from that moment on she knew the direction her life would take: candy!

Dylan eventually cultivated her love of art and candy at Duke University, where she studied art history and spent her junior year abroad in London and Rome – tasting and discovering new candies, and collecting artful wrappers and packaging from her travels. Dylan set up an event planning company after graduating, but found herself always coming back to her love of candy. She was finally able to realize her childhood dream of opening a candy store – and combine it with her passion for art – in 2001, with the opening of the first Dylan’s Candy Bar.

The store currently has five locations across the US.

Video below.

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