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