Shirt by Stone Rose $169 from Mosa Boutique PH: 843-212-5853 // Silk Tie $85 from the The Hidden Countship PH:843-577-5570 // Feathered bow tie by Brackish Bow Ties $165 from Charleston Preservation Society // The Southerner’s Handbook – A Guide to Living the Good Life $27.99 from Blue Bicycle Books
It was a pleasure to scout Charleston Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide for their November issue. Hunting high and low I scoured the city and it’s limits to find unique gifts from local boutiques and designers. My mission did not disappoint as I discovered new shops from Mt. Pleasant, Kiawah, Johns Island, West Ashley, and downtown. Charleston once again proves to be a shopping destination that offers a variety of merchandise that can excite anyone of any age and background. The guide features gifts from shops including The Commons, The Finicky Filly, Michael Mitchell, Gwynn’s, Celadon, Charleston Revisions, Arsenal Designed, Croghan’s Jewel Box, Rapport, Sugar Snap Pea, Magnifilous Toy Emporium, Bits of Lace, Stella Nova, Copper Penny Shooz, Out of Hand, M.Dumas & Sons, Preservation Society of Charleston, The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation, Curiosity Vintage, Moon & Lola, GDC Home, Surface Craft Gallery, Southern Protocol
and local designers including Currie Jewelry, Finkelstein’s Center, Charleston Rice Beads, IV&G, Y’allsome, Sawdust Wood Co, Black Swamp Co, Peyton William, Crew La La, and Dodeline Designs.
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T-shirt by Casual Friday from House of Sage $49 PH: 843-573-7256 // Booties by Vince from Shoes on King $450 PH: 843-718-2190 // Necklace by Serafina from Luna Charleston $96 PH: 843-853-5862 // Clutch from Sassy Shortcake $48 PH: 843-469-7145
Photography by Lauren Sykes
Brooklyn based designer David Hart graced us with his retro inspired collection at Charleston Fashion Week. His well tailored suits were straight out of an episode of Mad Men. The well styled show was complete with geek chic eyeglasses with shattered lenses.
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Photography by Stan Shillinburg
Last year’s winning emerging designer at Charleston Fashion Week, Afriyie Poku, came back this year as the featured designer. He proved yet again that this self taught design wizard can turn out an impeccably tailored collection.
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K. Cooper Ray of Social Primer is not your typical southern gentleman. Although he grew up as a seventh generation Alabaman, his residences in Milan, New York, Cape Cod, and Los Angeles have given him a metropolitan perspective of fashion and lifestyle. While still embracing his southern roots, his blog Social Primer is a testimony to his belief in proper etiquette and an homage to preppy style. His runway show featuring SP Smoking Winter Formal is inspired by classic tailoring infused with modern touches such as all over prints and mixing formal tuxedo jackets with denim and camouflage.
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Brackish Bow Ties was an organic inception created by Ben Ross who grew up in the great outdoors of South Carolina. Ben’s environment gave him a greater appreciation of the natural beauty in the wildlife. Looking for a way to stand out from the crowd, Ben created Brackish Bow Ties, a one of kind feathered accessory for men. The bow ties are handmade and no two are the same. The “Jive Turkey” and “Carolina Copper” style of bow ties are made from once discarded feathers at turkey farms. They have now expanded their collection to other feathered friends such as pheasants, guineas, and peacocks. If your looking for a distinct accessory to make an average suit look extraordinary, Brackish Bow Ties is the perfect accent.
Photography by Bette Walker