Is Dylan Lauren, who owns the Candy Bar stores, related to Ralph Lauren?
—Summer Freeman, Raleigh, N.C.
Dylan, 38, is the youngest of Ralph Lauren’s three children and his only daughter. With a designer father, it is perhaps not surprising that she graduated from Duke University with a major in art history.
The New York City-born “Candy Queen,” who is the founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, got her inspiration for the store from the movie “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” which she saw when she was 5.
In 2001, she made her childhood dream come true when she opened the first Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City. Since that time, she has added stores in East Hampton, Houston and Los Angeles, with Miami Beach to follow in November.
As the largest sweets emporium in New York City, Dylan’s Candy Bar is not your average candy store, selling more than 7,000 varieties of candy from around the world. Dylan’s personal favorites include marshmallow fluff, bubblegum, Cadbury creme eggs and red licorice.
In an anti-carbohydrate world, Dylan says she has no worries about expanding her franchise. “The irony is that healthy people are our biggest customers. It’s more than just a sugar fix. I think it’s because candy is a comfort food; there’s a sense of nostalgia to it. For a lot of us, the first thing we bought with our own money when we were kids was candy.”
Dylan married hedge fund manager Paul Arrouet in June 2011, wearing a gown designed by her dad.