January is in full swing which means that it’s the start of oyster season. The world’s biggest oyster festival, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, is just around the corner which means there’ll be a lot of shucking and schmoozing. Coming up on it’s 35th year and taking place at Boone Hall Plantation, it’s pretty much the kick off to the social season in Charleston.
Dressing for an oyster roast is a fine balance of being casually put together. It’s usually cold out, sometimes muddy, and you always want to have your hands free. I swung by M. Dumas & Sons to take a spin in their “shuck friendly” styles. I was immediately drawn to their massive Barbour selection of utilitarian jackets and vests. The water resistant material and deep pockets are essential when your spilling oyster juice everywhere and you need a place to store your phone, keys, and other necessities.
Me and my husband Gustavo fell in love with the form meets function aesthetic of the Barbour brand and their long heritage of quality that they stand behind. The family legacy that keeps the brand going aligns perfectly with the M. Dumas & Sons story. The King Street institution has been dressing men in the lowcountry for over a century. They first opened their doors in 1917 by Mendel Dumas and the local store is still going strong after 100 years. Their ever evolving mix of merchandise ranges from the classic styles, to contemporary brands, to tailored suiting. If your looking to stock up on winter clothes and other styles that will carry you well into the spring months then take advantage of their 40-50% off sale right now.
I was happy to discover M. Dumas & Sons has an extensive selection of Barbour jackets and vests for women like this quilted one which is on sale too! Keep up with them on their Instagram for all of exciting events they’ll be a part of at Sewe in February and a runway show at Charleston Fashion Week in March.
An oyster keychain by Oysters All Around adds a personal touch to this bag by Filson at M. Dumas & Sons. Oysters All Around is a local brand that makes accessories made with oyster shells as well as designing products with the oyster motif. I’m so glad I discovered them at Cannonborough Collective by my girl Charleston Weekender. I’m excited to share more about these local businesses alongside The Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Lowcountry Live tomorrow at 10am. We’ll be giving away 2 tickets to The Lowcountry Oyster Festival and a market tote, note pad, oyster shucker and navy oyster shell tassel keychain from Oysters All Around so don’t miss out!
Hopefully I’ll see some of you at The Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Tickets are only $17.50 in advance and kids 10 and under are free. There’ll be plenty of activities for the kiddos, oyster buckets are $12-$14, and various food and drink vendors will be set up to compliment those oysters. This event gets busy fast, so plan on coming on the earlier side (it’s from 10am-5pm) to get that good parking spot and decent elbow room to shuck.
Calvary polar quilt jacket by Barbour $279 (40% off), Filson bag $250 from M. Dumas & Sons
On Gustavo: Faherty plaid shirt $148 and Duke wax jacket by Barbour $399 (40% off) from M. Dumas & Sons
Photography by Nicole Mickle
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We’re kicking off 2018 with bang because one of Charleston’s premiere event is only a couple of weeks away. Charleston Wedding Week takes place on January 24-27 and hosts workshops, signature experiences, runway shows, and parties produced by Charleston Weddings magazine and The Wedding Row. Even if your not in the wedding industry, the runways shows and fashion events are the perfect excuse to get dressed up and visit venues that you wouldn’t normally have access to. The shows will be filled with gorgeous gowns from local boutiques and designers from Charleston and beyond.
I had the pleasure of playing with some of the dresses from featured stores that will walk the runway. The first show will be at Cannon Green on January 24th, and will feature Bella Bridesmaids, Betty Bridal, Lovely Charleston, Maddison Row, Southern Protocol, and Verità. The posh Cannon Green is the perfect setting to host a cocktail party/runway show. The other big show will be on January 26th at Lowndes Grove Plantation and will feature Emily Kotarski, Made with Love presented by Lovely Bride Charleston, Mason Hosker, and Modern Trousseau. After the shows, get an insiders access by meeting the designers to learn how they work and what inspires them Tickets to all of the events are available at charlestonweddingweek.com.
Verità will be opening up the Cannon Green show and expect to see dramatic dresses with texture, 3-D embellishments, and unexpected add-ons like capes, detachable trains and skirts. Verita meaning truth in Italian, was recently opened by Jessica Kiss in Mt. Pleasant. The seasoned bridal stylist offers dresses for every style – from the classic traditional southern woman, to the edgy fashion-forward destination bride. They carry designers such as Rebecca Ingram, Madison James, Tara Keely, Calla Blanche, and Nicole Suppose with an accessible price range of $800-$3500. They’re a one stop shop stocking mother of the bride dresses, bridesmaids, and accessories such as veils, jewelry, and head pieces. If you want to get a sneak peek of the runway show or if you can’t make it to the event, visit Jessica for her Designer Event from the 19th-27th at Verità, 320 West Coleman BLVD. Unit J MT. Pleasant, SC 29464.
Southern Protocol is another locally owned boutique that will be waltzing down the runway at the Cannon Green fashion show. Located at 164 Market Street downtown, Southern Protocol exudes chic and charm with it’s airy decor and glittery floor. Owners Ann E. Rice Ervin & Lisa S. Rice, alongside buyer and manager Michelle Miller stock the posh boutique with designs from Charleston to Barcelona. They carry an exquisite selection of dresses from local designer Kate McDonald, and other sought after brands like Ivy & Aster, Romona Keveza, Carol Hannah, and Jesus Peiro. Set up more like a showroom than a shop, the gowns are curated carefully with each rack dedicated to each designer. This dreamy dress by Ivy & Aster is just one of the designs you might catch at their runway show.
Gone are the days of the dreaded, never to be worn again bridesmaid dress. Bella Bridesmaids offers fashion forward, ready to wear options for your bridal party and beyond. The national franchise makes it easy to coordinate with your girls because they can visit any of their 51 locations to try on a dress before they order it. The Charleston location at 43 John Street in the Upper King Street district is locally owned by Allison Long who is celebrating her 12th year in business. She stocks her shop with exclusive designs by Theia, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Woo, Amsale, Adrianna Papell, and Joanna August. Don’t let the name throw you off because their dresses and separates are also perfect for prom, mother of the bride/groom, black tie events, wedding guests, and rehearsal dinners. They will also be showing at the Cannon Green runway show on January 24th.
Australian designer Callie Tein, is the visionary behind Modern Trousseau, a custom bridal line with 8 stores nationwide including her downtown location at 418 King Street. Couture quality gowns are custom made with every option including color, trimming, skirt shapes, strap selections, and you can even mix and match styles. All of the gowns are made in the USA using the finest quality European lace sourced from the French regions of Chantilly, Alencon, Guipure, to Burano Italy and Teneriffe Spain. Callie also sends her brides a sketch of their gown and will sew their monogram and wedding date within the inside of the gown in blue for “something blue”. Modern Trousseau will be showing at Lowndes Grove Plantation on Friday January 26th from 6-9pm as the the finale showcase designer. After the runway show take advantage of the “Meet and Greet” the designer cocktail hour to learn about Callie and her designs.
Tune into Lowcountry Live tomorrow 1/12/18 at 10am for more looks from these boutiques who will be showing at Charleston Wedding Week. I’ll be giving away a $50 gift certificate from Southern Protocol, a veil or accessory of your choice from Verità, and a little black dress of your choice from Modern Trousseau. You don’t want to miss out on this one!
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