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Candice Held ~ WANDER LIST

It’s a spot where quirk and elegance combine, where a kaleidoscope of color gets you in the door, where the goodies are inspired by the Coachella Valley and made especially for those who love it. I have fallen in deep love with this unique boutique, all its contents of delicious, silky fabric and also the owner, who truly sparkles.

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Step inside a Candice Held boutique, it’s where wonderland and vacation vibe collide. Behold a candy jar of seemingly effortless designs that so truly represents the essence of desert chic. The gal behind the gorgeous goods and Candice Held namesake is a gem herself who’s inspired daily by the Coachella Valley.

Held: I am struck at how beautiful the surroundings are. The mountains and the sky and green, it’s truly stunning.

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Her clothing is light, colorful, happy, comfortable and fluid. It’s just exactly what you want when you’re on vacation. Or when you’re not! I live here year-round and Held’s designs are absolute perfection for both the desert climate and the culture. Browse the endless rows of her original designs. Each dress I touched was my favorite one, I really did want them all.  All the vintage scarf dresses are one of a kind others are carefully crafted in small quantities with her own textile designs.

Held: You can really feel like what you select is more bespoke or special and that’s what I’m going for.

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There’s a lengthy creative process linked to each collection. From a spark, to a theme, to a color palate to Held herself sketching and painting what will eventually become fabric.  The print she’s wearing in the photo (above) was inspired by a photo of poppies (below) by her parent’s garage.

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Held: The process is pretty involved but it’s pretty fun and totally engrossing and enveloping and it’s fun to get lost in it.

Held never lost sight of her early inspo, the women in her life with impeccable flair.
Held:  My mom, my grandmother and great grandmother are all from Paris and just have this incredible sense of style. My grandma had a great house in Naples Florida. Great decor, maxi dresses by pool. 

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Schooled many times over in fashion design and textiles, she has worked in big cities and designed for popular brands but it’s in Greater Palm Springs where she feels most at home.

A model walks the runway at the Candice Held Spring 2007 fashion show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in The Lightbox October 16, 2006 in Culver City, California.

A model walks the runway at the Candice Held Spring 2007 fashion show during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in The Lightbox October 16, 2006 in Culver City, California.

Held now holds down the fort at boutiques in Palm Springs and Palm Desert and on the side has influenced the décor at her husband’s hot dog haunt Frankinbun, where you can grab a bite and spy her unique wiener wallpaper.   Which just like the designs are the perfect mix of quirk and elegance to get your attention.

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