Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Croghan's hosts pop-up trunk show featuring designs from Mazza father daughter duo

Keeping it in the family

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Lexi Mazza follows in her family's jewelry-making footsteps. - PROVIDED
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  • Lexi Mazza follows in her family's jewelry-making footsteps.
This Thurs. April 27 and Fri. April 28, Croghan's Jewel Box hosts a pop-up show with works from two members of the Mazza family — Jeff and his daughter Lexi.

The Mazza family has worked with Croghan's for years. Lexi is a sixth generation jewelry maker, following in the tradition that her family started back in Italy. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Lexi creates fine jewelry with 14 and 18 carat gold, diamonds, gemstones, and pearls, under the label LexiMazz Designs. Jeff (along with his brothers William and Steven) also work with fine jewelry, creating rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pendants, and clasps for The Mazza Company.

Croghan's will be serving lunch and cocktails during both days of the trunk show. Croghan's is open from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. during the week. 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Want to wear a map of Charleston? Check out products by YESAND

Hometown glory

Posted by Grace Vail on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 4:47 PM

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We've started noticing a lot of cool map gear around Charleston. No, there's nothing new about "putting a city on the map" but we've always been fond of artistic representations of the streets and neighborhoods we call home.

Based on the idea that “nothing is cooler than having fun," YESAND's name originates from the inclusive improv principle where you affirm what a fellow performer says, saying, “yes, and ..." expanding on their idea. The spirit of this saying is the basis of the brand, where owner Joel R. Sadler wanted to create a label that is collaborative and inclusive. With custom items that feature maps of Charleston, YESAND aspires to inspire a sense of connection and memory in familiar streets and neighborhoods.

YESAND includes products like Charleston peninsula socks, notebooks, custom order Vans, and trendy hats labeled with the Y& logo. And the company has also rolled out some collab items, like a partnership with Lululemon that led to a women's tank top design.

Check it all out at YESAND's website and Instagram.

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Cannon Green hosts Local Makers + Shakers on the Mezzanine, Round Two

Wake and make

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 4:31 PM

Emily Papuga, Marion Blount, and Ashley Reid Martin - MARGARET WRIGHT

Local designers Emily Papuga of Suite 33, Marion Blount of Open Door Shop, and Ashley Reid Martin of Sullivan's-based Goldbug come together to display their wares and chat with guests at this free-to-attend spring Makers + Shakers event, next Wed. April 26 from 5-7 p.m.

Swing by the beautiful, spacious Cannon Green Mezzanine and check out goods from gold-plated earrings to serveware to throw pillows. There will be happy hour bites and drinks, including $8 speciality cocktails, $2 gourmet tacos, and $6 chilaquiles.

Location Details Cannon Green
Cannon Green
103 Spring St
Charleston, SC
Tues.-Sat., 5:30-10 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

King Street’s sartorial staple M. Dumas and Sons celebrates its 100th anniversary

A tale as old as time

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Joe Dumas (right) showing a customer his swing, circa mid 1950s. - PROVIDED
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  • Joe Dumas (right) showing a customer his swing, circa mid 1950s.
M. Dumas & Sons celebrates a century in Charleston this year. And the men's retail store isn't just celebrating a Lowcountry anniversary — it's celebrating one on King Street, a prime shopping location if there ever was one. From Mendel Dumas' original spot at 220 King St. (a pawnshop he converted into a clothing store), to the current location at 294 King Street, which Dumas moved into in 1973, the store has kept Charleston locals and visitors alike clothed in preppy Southern classics for 100 years.

"We're continuing to have to evolve. We re-invent ourselves every season," says President and CEO of Dumas, Gary Flynn, who took over his current role last July. "Charleston is growing so fast, people are bringing their taste with them."

The store underwent a two million dollar renovation in 2015, something that Flynn thinks made the spot even more accessible to customers. "We put like brands next to each other to tell a story," he says. "If you like Southern Tide, you may like johnnie-O. We'll tell a blue and pink story — the sweater ties back to the shirt. We're making a whole outfit."

Flynn and his sales associates work together to put a face on their stories — think of the window displays as the cover on a book. "It's a team idea," says Flynn. "I have a guy on the floor who pulls it all together. We think about what's happening in Charleston right now, Father's Day is coming up, we make a Father's Day window."

When you think of M. Dumas you probably think of bow ties and Barbour jackets, and you're not wrong. The store certainly carries enough of both of those items. But the men's clothing store doesn't just want to give the people what they want (and being the number one distributor of Barbour in the U.S., people really want those jackets): It wants to give the people what they didn't even know they want.
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"Customers only know what they've seen," says Flynn. With over 30 years of retail experience under his belt, Flynn knows a thing or two about men's fashion. He started at Nordstrom when he finished high school, unloading trucks, picking up hangers in dressing rooms. He worked his way up to a merchandise manager before going to work for Hugo Boss, and later, Samsung.

"I fell in love with the story," says Flynn of M. Dumas & Sons. Part of the store's story is its location — Charleston is the first Southern city Flynn has ever lived in. "It's still something I'm learning," says Flynn of Charleston's style. "The fishing and hunting influence on our products surprised me," he says. "I don't know if they're going to wear their Barbour to hunt, but they want to be wearing it when they go to the gas station in their Land Rover." Flynn seems to be picking up on Charleston style just fine.

"There's a push, still, towards that 'Southern guy,' but there's a shift, too," says Flynn. "We're trying to sniff out the next big brand, get it in early."

Y'all have heard of Tommy Bahama right? Well before that brand made it big, Dumas carried it in the store.

"It wasn't well-distributed," says Flynn. But Dumas knew they had something hot. "It was one of the most expensive things in the store," says Flynn of Bahama's telltale Hawaiian shirts. "Customers saw that Dumas could sell more special, expensive things. So they started layering on more expensive items."

Flynn says David Dumas, Mendel's grandson and the store's current owner, grew Vineyard Vines to what it is in the South today. "And then Vineyard Vines opened a store across the street," says Flynn. Needless to say, M. Dumas & Sons no longer carries Tommy Bahama or Vineyard Vines.

"National brands don't have the pulse of Charleston," says Flynn. M. Dumas, King Street's enduring homegrown store, on the other hand, most certainly does.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Hampden Clothing celebrates 10 years with a party this Thursday

Shopper's heaven

Posted by Grace Vail on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM

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Calling all fashionistas: Hampden Clothing celebrates their 10 year anniversary this week with a special party on Thurs. April 6, from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $50 and you can buy them online. And if you're feeling really celebratory, indulge in a VIP ticket ($100), which means you get to meet Tibi's creative director Amy Smilovic in a Q&A session led by blogger Blair Eadie.

Hampden recently underwent a renovation to modernize and update the space, and create a cleaner more comfortable environment for patrons. The additions to the space include cleaner backdrops to better browse clothing, Rebecca Atwood wallpaper-adorned fitting rooms, and comfortable seating for companions of shoppers.

Hampden proves customers with American and European designers such as Stella McCartney, Tibi, Isabel Marant, Marni, and Lizzie Fortunato.

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