It Takes a Fashion Village

It was a huge honor to be a judge for the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer competition again this year.  The Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, came back again and said that this is her favorite fashion week, which is a huge compliment given that she travels globe seeing other fashion weeks across the world.  Courtney Wartman, VP of Marketing at Clique, who handles clients such as Who What Wear and Byrdie, also expressed how impressed she was with the talent that Charleston Fashion Week brings together.  One of my favorites, model scout Karen Lee always comes back with the model panel.  Her mission is to scope out the fresh faces and help decide on the model search winners at fashion week.

I love that fashion designer and Charleston native Pauline Nakios is part of the designer panel of judges.  Her expertise in the design industry is immeasurable.  Not only does she have 2 brands – Leo & Sage and Lilla P, but she also has a store in New York, and is a mother of 2 sweet boys.  I always look forward to her visits back to the south.

I couldn’t have made it through fashion week without my fashion sidekick, Hillary Conheady.  I love it when man about town Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez, can help me with my shoots and Lowcountry Live.  He always bring a smile and great energy wherever he goes.

Ashley Brooke Perryman is a superwoman.  As the beauty director for Charleston Fashion Week, she works with every store and designer on hair and makeup looks for the runway shows, and directs her team on the execution.  She does all of this with such calmness and grace.

The high quality of the production at Charleston Fashion Week always amazes me and  Jacqueline Russell is the glue that keeps it together.

Female empowerment is her agenda, Shelly Young from Skirt Mag.

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Photography by Clifford Pate

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Oyster Roast Style

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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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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