Wednesday, March 22, 2017

One Love Design hosts a pop-up shop through April; meet the makers on Thurs. March 30

Might as well pop on in

Posted by Kathryn Noviello on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Sacred Circle Herbal is one of the makers who will be at One Love Design through Apri. - PROVIDED
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  • Sacred Circle Herbal is one of the makers who will be at One Love Design through Apri.
Local designer Rachel Gordon, who achieved local celebrity-status when she was chosen to debut her collection at Charleston Fashion Week’s inaugural Emerging Designer Competition in 2008, has joined with other makers to organize an ongoing pop-up shop at her store, One Love Design.

The pop-up, which will be open seven days a week, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. until the end of April, brings together a diverse group of local artists and designers hand-picked by Gordon. The pop-up will include jewelry from Foxy Fossils, handmade lingerie and loungewear by Ulalume Lingerie, lifestyle wear by Livin Life Man, and swimwear by Sati Swim. The collective also includes garments from unconventional companies, such as organic clothing by Seam Siren and apparel made from vintage scarves by Out of Squares.

Aside from clothing and accessories, the One Love Collective will feature artistic items such as paintings by Robert Maniscalco, photography by Gregg Lambton-Carr, a daily wellness journal from HMS Logbook, and salves and teas from Sacred Circle Herbal. There’s something for music lovers too — the Vinyl Countdown has a satellite shop in the studio.

Members of the community can meet the artisans and designers next Thurs. March 30 from 7-9 p.m. The event features live music, libations, and light hors d'oeuvres.
Don’t miss this delightful evening of music, drinks, food, and conversation.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

FRIDAY: Bibhu Mohapatra's collection at Charleston Fashion Week

Behind the scenes

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 5:16 PM

Hello Charleston fashionistas. Have you been enjoying Charleston Fashion Week (CFW) so far? Today we got to pop behind the scenes to interview tonight's runway designer, Bibhu Mohapatra.

Vogue wrote about Bibhu Mohapatra last month, discussing his Fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection (which he shows at CFW tonight). The article came right after a rough time for Mohapatra — he had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this past January. According to Vogue the current fashion market is all about streetwear, not ball gowns and "elegant ladylike embellishments" — the kind of stuff Mohapatra specializes in. Hence the bankruptcy.

But the designer hasn't let his troubles bring him down; he recently launched a jewelry line with De Beers' Forevermark.

Mohapatra says that his Fall 2017 line was inspired by David Ives' play Venus in Fur, specifically the main character, Vanda. "She comes in being submissive, with the director being dominating," he says. But as the play goes on Vanda becomes empowered, which is just how Mohapatra wants women to feel in his clothes.

"Women's power is not defined by men," he says. If it sounds like Mohapatra is getting a little bit political, he is. "I'm going there," he says about his overt message of women's empowerment. "It feels like we are back in the ages where women couldn't vote." So Mohapatra wants to change that, if only by making women feel confident.

One of those women is Michelle Obama, who Mohapatra has dressed on several occasions. "She pays attention," says Mohapatra of the former first lady's fashion sense, especially as it pertains to the kind of fashion that has a message.

"It's about giving women the tools to express themselves. The clothes make people more of who they are," he says. His fall line features a lot of bold colors and tailored silhouettes, with an overall feeling of, well, empowerment. The models start on the runway as they do in the play, demure, a little more covered up. Slowly their shoulders start to show; they become seductresses.

And what of the aforementioned bankruptcy? Well, Mohapatra views it as a positive thing. "It was planned," he says. "We needed to make room for more investments." One of those investments is his new jewelry line, which he says is inspired by Indian tradition, where mothers pass down jewelry to their daughters. "They're not just decorations — they tell a story."

"I've always been driven by strong, powerful women," says Mohapatra. "We are made by women. It's who we are."

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

J. Stark and Sisal Creative join Stems on the corner of Coming and Cannon

A J. Stark party

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 4:50 PM

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Local bags and leather goods company J. Stark, owned by Erik Holmberg and Jessica Nicoles, settles down into a brick-and-mortar store located at 208 Coming St. — the home of floral design studio Charleston Stems. Also new to the space is design company Sisal Creative, helmed by local artist Becca Barnet.

J. Stark will celebrate their move — J. Stark and Sisal split the space down the middle while Stems maintains an office space in the back of the building — with a party next Fri. March 24 from 5-11 p.m. Attendees can shop J. Stark's new line of bags and leather goods as well as one time sale items. There will be drinks and food available for purchase from Semilla food truck.

The J. Stark space will be a hybrid work and retail space where people can come in and both watch the production of J. Stark bags and goods, as well as make purchases. Nicoles says, "We're hoping to offer a really unique shopping experience in that you'll be able to come and feel the bags and wallets, try them out, maybe even grab a locally made soda or coffee and chill out for a while — and all while hearing the hum of the Juki sewing machines whirring nearby."
[event-1] The J. Stark folks hope to celebrate their space one night a month with evening shopping experiences where they plan on cohosting neighborhood events, showing local artists' work, and inviting in other makers for pop-ups.

Sisal Creative is more of a studio than a store (they don't sell retail items) and calls itself a "studio of art problem solvers" is led by creative director Becca Barnet, with Kaleigh Hastings serving as designer and project manager. Past projects include a copper nail logo for Butcher & Bee, a longhorn steer head for Lewis Barbecue, and custom felt artworks for FIG. Sisal's space will not be open during next week's party.

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Cooper River Bridge Run presents the first ever ... Doggie Fashion Show

Paws-itively fabulous

Posted by Grace Vail on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM

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The annual Cooper River Bridge Run celebrates 40 years this year, and it's going all out with popular events like the premiere of its Doggie Fashion Show, going down on March 31 (the day before the Bridge Run) in Hampton Park, starting at 2:30 p.m.

The show will feature the latest in canine and pet fashion, with creations from designer Ada Nieves, NYC based FIT grad who specializes in luxury pet fashions. The show will be emceed by dog lover and star of Southern Charm Patricia Altschul, along with one of her dogs.

Other guests include Margaret Konecky of The Elegant Hare, a specialty cashmere pet designer and Dana Humphrey, a.k.a. The Pet Lady, who will be educating people on the best tips and tricks for pet products and purchasing to keep your pet happy.

Dog models — adoptable pups from Pet Helpers of Charleston — will hit the runway in over-the-top, bedazzled outfits. Local dogs and their owners are welcome to participate as well. Checking out this event would definitely be barking up the right tree, and is an adorable (and not so sweaty way) to enjoy the Bridge Run.

You can also celebrate the Bridge Run this year with 40 Days of Bridge Run, which started in February and ends on race day, Sat. April 1. Each day the Bridge Run will raffle away prizes; raffle tickets are $20 and when you buy one you're entered to win over 200 prizes valued at over $50,000 in total. All of the prizes were donated by sponsors and 100 percent of every raffle ticket benefits one of the Bridge Run's 15 charities.

It's not too late to register for the run, either. You can still sign up for $55. Oh, and this year every finisher gets a medal — we're all winners, y'all.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tickets still available for Ibu runway show and talk by Ali MacGraw on April 26

Fashion forward

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 1:50 PM


Today's the last day to snag a discount ticket ($60, $75/full price) for Ibu's April event, Women Without Borders with Ali MacGraw. The runway show and champagne lunch, held on Wed. April 26 at noon in the Cedar Room, will showcase MacGraw's spring and summer collection for Ibu. Like all of Ibu's collections, the pieces are handmade by global women artisans.
The event features pop-up shopping, live music, raffle giveaways, and pictures and conversation with MacGraw. Best known as an actress, model, and author, MacGraw is also an animal rights activist and now an Ibu ambassador with her own line.

Ibu works with 71 artisan groups in 34 countries, selling a range of products from silk shawls to African bone beaded necklaces to Moroccan caftans. Ibu's brick-and-mortar is located at 183 King St.

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