Dylan Lauren—founder of Dylan's Candy Bar, the boutique chain of playful confectioneries soon to pop up in airports—talks about the everyday things that inspire her.
By Arianna Davis
How did you fall in love with candy? My parents [Ricky and Ralph Lauren] screened Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at my sixth birthday party, and when I first glimpsed the lollipop and candy cane trees, gumball podiums and edible flowers, I remember thinking, "I want my own candy land!"
How does candy spark your creativity? I've been making Pop Art–inspired collages with candy wrappers since college. And I love brainstorming funky creations, like pancakes-and-syrup-flavored chocolate.
Do you eat candy all day? I'm constantly snacking on Swedish Fish, red gummy bears and gumballs; they keep me going. I try to make up for it by eating lots of vegetables.