Tastemaker, celebrated raconteur, and many-headed beast DailyCandy has passed away after a lifelong battle with bad taste, carbophobia, and poor spelling. It is survived by millions of loyal readers, hundreds of past employees, and that guy who kept calling to ask if we had Charleston Chew in stock.
Born in 2000 to founder Dany Levy, DailyCandy was raised and nurtured by an ever-morphing family of editors, programmers, salespeople, and many more. Though it launched the careers of countless designers, chefs, authors, and entrepreneurs, DailyCandy was often dismissed as a “shopping site” and was, for a time, parodied as “Daily Cavity” by, uh, somebody. Fans were more likely to credit it as a rare voice in women’s media, one that that spoke to its audience with humor and intelligence without resorting to the girl-on-girl emotional violence too often seen, uh, somewhere.
Industry experts point out that while company’s 14-year lifespan was brief by human standards, it’s actually hella old in Internet years-the equivalent, roughly, of living to the age of 900. Moreover, early data suggests that friendships formed at DailyCandy have approximately a gazillion times higher chance of lasting a lifetime than those made at other companies.
The road to great success and ultimate demise wasn’t always easy. At the DailyCandy home office, spirits were sometimes low, dudgeon was occasionally high, and sisterly affection was marred now and again by a Master Cleanse-induced fit of ill temper. But throughout it all, staffers from all eras agree, there prevailed a shared vision and abiding love that made DailyCandy, for so many, the most rewarding work experience of their lives.