Dylan Lauren is an American entrepreneur and owner of the world’s largest candy store ‘Dylan's Candy Bar’ in New York City. She is the daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. She grew up as a tomboy with a desire to beat her brothers in everything they did and became active in sports at a very young age. During her school days, she became the captain of her school’s volleyball team and also played other sports like tennis while showing off some of her father’s special creations. After graduating from Duke University, she worked as an event planner before opening her own store ‘Dylan's Candy Bar’ in 2001 in New York City. She was inspired to open a candy store after watching the movie ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ on her sixth birthday. Her store has been designed with a goal to merge fashion, art, and pop candy culture. She married her long-time boyfriend and hedge fund manager Paul Arrouet in 2011, in Bedford, NY. The couple has fraternal twins who were born via surrogacy.
After graduation, Dylan Lauren started working as an event planner. During this stint, she always tried to convince her clients to use candies in their celebrations and people loved her suggestions most of the time. Her passion for candies drove her to follow her dreams and she opened her own candy store in 2001 under the name ‘Dylan's Candy Bar’ in New York City. She was inspired to create the store by Roald Dahl's story of ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ - a movie which she watched on her sixth birthday. The experience of watching the film was so exhilarating that she felt like she was in Disneyland instead of her home! Her vision and goal of merging pop candy culture, fashion, and art lends her candy store a dreamy look reminiscent of Disney movies.
Her store, that claims to be the ‘largest unique candy store in the world’, spans over fifteen thousand square feet in area and features more than 7,000 varieties of candy from all over the world, ranging from life-sized Hershey’s Kisses to Gummy Bears and M&Ms. It also offers a wide variety of gluten-free, sugar-free and nut-free treats along with candy-themed jewelry, apparel, and spa treatments. The store has been featured in many television series and films, including the movie ‘Arthur’ in which she herself had done a cameo. She has also opened stores in East Hampton, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami Beach. Her candy stores also supply candies to other wholesale venues all over the world. Her stores are frequently visited by top celebrities, including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Katie Holmes and her daughter, Suri Cruise, Janet Jackson, and Madonna.
In 2010, she released a book titled ‘Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life’ which was her supposed declaration of love for candy. In December 2015, she launched a foundation with the name ‘Dylan’s Candy BarN’ which is dedicated to supporting animal welfare organizations. She made an appearance as a judge on the ABC reality series ‘The Toy Box’ in 2017.
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Family & Personal Life
Dylan Lauren was born on May 9, 1974, in New York City, New York, to Ricky Ann Low-Beer and Ralph Lauren. Her father is one of America’s most famous fashion designers and her mother is an author. She has two older brothers named Andrew, a film producer, and David, who works for his father’s fashion empire. Her father’s parents were Jewish Belarusian immigrants and her mother is a daughter of an Austrian Catholic mother and a Jewish father, both of who were Austrian immigrants. She is a cousin of Greg Lauren and Elizabeth Berkley.
Growing up as a tomboy, she played various sports during her school years. She attended Dalton School in New York City where she was the captain of the volleyball team and also played tennis. She then attended Duke University where she studied art history and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. During her university days, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.
In 2007, she was named one of the ‘Top 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers’ by ‘US Weekly’. Her favorite designers are her father, 7 For All Mankind, and Alice and Olivia.
On 11 June 2011, she married her long-time boyfriend and hedge fund manager Paul Arrouet at the Lauren family estate, in Bedford, New York. Her bridal gown was designed by her father. The couple welcomed fraternal twins, a son named Cooper Blue Arrouet and a daughter named Kingsley Rainbow Arrouet, on April 13, 2015. The babies were born via a surrogate mother.