Emerging Designer Andrew Clancey

Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Andrew Clancey rocked the runway with his sequin heavy collection of bespoke menswear and womenswear.  The former British stylist turned Nashville designer was the crowd favorite showing one showstopper after another.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Emerging Designer Joseph McRae

The Emerging Designer competition at Charleston Fashion Week started off with a bold collection from Joseph McRae.  Hailing from Raleigh, NC, the menswear focused designer featured oversized, tailored looks with a futuristic edge.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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The Perfect Gifts for Him at Distil Union

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Finding the perfect gift for the men in your life can be a daunting task.  I’ll try to make it easier by sharing some easy ideas and they’re all from local company Distil Union.  The accessory company started in 2011 by creative partners Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham.  By using their former experience designing products together, including Apple accessories, they wanted to create their own accessories that combine both form and function.  They first started with the Wally Stick-on Wallet Skins that attached to your phone for the ultimate convenience.  Now with over 8 different designs with a focus on wallets in every shape, useage, and color it’s going to be hard just to pick one as a gift.

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For women, you can never have too many bags, and for men having different wallets that serve different purposes is equally as important.  The Wally Sleeve pictured here is perfect when you just want to take the essentials – your id, a few cards, and some cash.  My favorite details in all of these is the pull tab so it’s easy to access your cards.  Perfect for the minimalist guy on the go!

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If you man needs a little more room in his wallet the Wally Agent is perfect for him.  It’s a billfold with four interior pockets plus a section for bills with the pull tab feature.

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The Wally Wallet Case is the most genius invention ever. The beautiful leather case which doubles up as a wallet is so sleek and is the ultimate multi-tasker.  A wallet and phone case in one, what more could you ask for?

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My last favorite is the Wally Euro which is perfect for the globe-trotting man in your life. This wallet combines all the best features of all of the Distil Union wallets like the squeeze-lock pocket for coins, pull-tab, and the adjustable money clip.

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You can shop the full line of Wally Wallets online at Distil Union or visit Nate and Lindsay at their super cool boutique, Objective Design Shop at 525 King Street 2fl.  Their curated shop of modern goodies packs in design books, bags, watches, gadgets, and home decor.

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Wardrobe from Hooley, Worn, See Eyewear // Weekender bag by The Charleston Weekender // Shot on location at The DewberryButcher & Bee , Lewis BBQ, and 492

Photography by Isabelle Selby, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Model – Jeffrey Beane at Directions USA

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Brackish Bow Ties Fall Look Book

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Brackish Bow Ties is the originator of the feathered bow tie and it all started out of necessity for the founders Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner. Not wanting to settle for mediocracy, Ben handcrafted a set of turkey feather bow ties for his groomsmen for his wedding in 2007.  Almost 10 years later with one of his groomsman Jeff, the partners have created an empire of feathered accessories that have made a global impact. With their headquarters and production in Charleston, they employ 50 artisans and production assistants who painstakingly make each tie, cummerbund, and pin to perfection.  They have since expanded their turkey feathers to an exotic ray of colors using peacock, guinea, rooster, and pheasant. Each tie is a work of sustainable art and one of a kind.

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As well as online you can shop them locally at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant ,  Charleston TuxedoGrady Ervin & Co.Grand Bohemian Hotel , and Charleston Preservation Society.  From humble beginnings to selling at national retailers such as Neiman Marcus and the legendary London department store Harrods, Brackish Bow Ties is ready to make men look more dapper one feather at a time.

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Clothing from Worn and Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant // Tuxedos by Charleston Tuxedo // Sunglasses by See Eyewear // Hats by Goorin Brothers // “Attaché” bag by Satchel & Page $395, “Diplomat” bag by Satchel & Page $375, “Harvey” Umbrella by Concord Gentleman’s Accessories $77.50 from Henry & Eva

 Photography by Bette Walker, Styling by Andrea Serrano, on location at The Tomas Bennett House

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Bike Brigade

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Riding bikes with my family is one of my favorite things to do.  For our staycation at the Andell Inn we wanted to explore Freshfields Village and what better way than on 2 wheels.  Seacoast Sports and Outfitters is a one stop shop for everything outdoors including bike rentals.  The massive store sells clothing, shoes, and accessories for men and women that are geared towards an active lifestyle.  Their outdoor gear ranges from kayaks, skateboards, bikes, scooters, surfboards, and fishing rods.  Freshfields Village is our little escape to spend some quality time with the family and I’m so happy that we can enjoy the great outdoors together.

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  Tune into Lowcountry Live tomorrow at 10am as I talk about some great gift ideas for mom including Freshfields Village,  Tint BloomsCandlefishSouthern SeasonIndigo Road GroupZero George, and Woodhouse Day SpaThere will also be some great giveaways from these businesses so don’t miss out!

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Yes Yes Ya’ll tank by Junk Food Clothing $32 from 7 Gypsy // Sweatpants with fringe by Amuse, sunglasses by Wonderland, and hat from Las Olas at Freshfields Village  // Swimsuit top $88 by Becca Swim // Sterling silver “bicicleta” necklace $140 by Ash Hoffman // Sandals by Franco Sarto from Shoes on King // Bikes from Seacoast Sports and Outfitters at Freshfields Village 

Photography by Libby Williams

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Staycation at The Andell Inn

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Staycations are the best, especially when you only have to drive 30 minutes to feel a world away.  One of my favorite escapes is going to Kiawah, and the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village is the perfect getaway for a weekend of family fun.  Whether you want to shop all day in the village or just relax by the pool you can’t go wrong.

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The first stops were gathering up our toys and entertainment to enjoy by the pool.  Me and the hubby Gus stopped by Indigo Books where we checked out our new favorite books “Humans of New York” and “The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray”.  Still a kid at heart, I do enjoy books more if they have pictures in it.  My boys Mateo and Sebastian grabbed their larger than life floats from Wonder Works Toys.  They are obsessed with this store and could spend hours looking at all of the toys.

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With a bar and a delicious menu at our fingertips, it was easy to just kick it by the pool all day.  Stay tuned for more on my adventures at the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village.

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Swimsuit by Eres $458 from Bits of Lace // Dakota tunic shirt  $168 and Reed wool scarf in Neo Alexi Brocade $85 by J. McLaughlin  at Freshfields Village // Necklace by Alexis Bittar from Holly and Brooks at Freshfields Village // Sunglasses from Dandy Boutique // Custom rings by Ash Hoffman // Floats by Bigmouth from Wonder Works Toys at Freshfields Village // Books from Indigo Books at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams

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Day 5 Backstage at CFW with JBalliet

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The finale of  Charleston Fashion Week showcased the finalists for the emerging designer competition as well as local boutique House of Sage.  Featured designer Tracy Reese rounded out the evening with a dreamy collection of spring outfits.

Photography by Jonathan Balliet

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