Dylan's Candy Bar and Havaianas Fete Flip-Flop Collaboration
Dylan Lauren's colorful lifestyle brand celebrated the launch of its sandal partnership with a Brazilian-themed carnival at The Grove in L.A.
Stepping into Dylan's Candy Bar at The Grove in Los Angeles is like stepping into a rainbow-drenched candy wonderland — complete with lollipop trees, candy-cane-striped walls and enough sugary, delicious sweets to make your dentist cry. The lifestyle brand — created 14 years ago by Dylan Lauren, daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren — is comparable only to Willy Wonka's mythical chocolate factory, which Lauren admitted was a big influence on the store's dreamy design. So when the brand partnered with flip-flop company Havaianas for two limited-edition sandal designs, it was no surprise that the resulting shoes were as vibrant and colorful as the candy stores themselves.
“We like to partner with companies who get our vision — who get candy and fashion and art and pop culture,” explained Dylan at the Brazilian Carnival-themed launch of the collaboration on Saturday. “Havaianas was a perfect match for us because everyone loves flip-flops, and everyone loves candy, and we’re able to put our candy designs on the flip-flops.”
Lollipops, a classic confectioner's staple, were also a big inspiration for the rainbow “whirly pop” design of the sandals, which Dylan noted were perfect for music-festival season. “I gave a lot of people flip-flops for Coachella,” she told Pret-a-Reporter. “I think it’s just an easy, fun wear, and it’s sort of a little hippie and artsy.”
And as for what candies pair best with warm flip-flop weather? Dylan dished that her favorite summer treats include rather unconventional gummies. “I’m in to these raspberry feet — they’re gummy feet — and Swedish fish, I love.”
Dylan’s Candy Bar’s past collaborations with brands like LeSportsac and Sanrio prove that fashion runs in the family. But as to whether or not that family includes Kanye West — who recently joked in an interview with T Magazine that Ralph Lauren was his daddy — has yet to be determined.
“He’s a really sweet guy!” Dylan noted of the rapper and/or possible adopted brother. “I only met him for a second, and I like his music. And [the Wests] love candy!”
The flip-flops, which are available in both Havaianas and Dylan’s Candy Bar stores, as well as online, are priced at $30 per pair and come in youth and adult sizes.