Friday, March 31, 2017

Vintage faves Red Rose and Tuff Stuff hold $10 yard sale on Fri. April 14

Thrifty thrifters

Posted by Kathryn Noviello on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 1:31 PM

Check out cool stuff for $10 at this yard sale. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Check out cool stuff for $10 at this yard sale.
Everyone’s favorite vintage yard sale is returning, and shoppers won’t have to break the bank in order to walk away with something trendy. The pop up shop, presented by nomadic retailers Red Rose Vintage and Tuff Stuff Vintage, will feature a large selection of women’s and men’s clothing for only $10 on Fri. April 14 from 12-5 p.m. at AAA Downtown Storage (44 Line St.)

Red Rose and Tuff Stuff, which can be thought of as selective, high-end thrift stores, will offer a unique assortment of clothing at their upcoming event. Shoppers can expect to find everything from acid washed jeans to fanny packs. Both shops are also known for their abundance of shorts, button downs, and T-shirts decorated with colorful (and unapologetically odd) patterns. And you can find it all at the $10 Yard Sale.

To those who don’t believe that vintage wear is right for them, Red Rose and Tuff Stuff encourage shoppers to keep an open mind, ignore the original size listed on the garment, and try everything on. Their hope is to dress the public in eclectic pieces and to find the perfect old-turned-new outfit for everyone. [event-1]

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dirty Billy's Hats opens on Church Street this Saturday

You hat us at ceremonial bonnet

Posted by Kathryn Noviello on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 2:04 PM


With help from Dirty Billy’s Hats of Charleston, the Lowcountry’s streets are about to be flooded with historical artifacts — and wearable ones, at that.

The shop is an expansion of a successful hat shop which has resided in Gettysburg, Pa. for the past 20 years. Bill Wickham, the owner of both shops, is a Civil War military collector and re-enactor with a knack for craftsmanship, an incredible combination, if you ask us.

While the new Charleston-based shop will feature a line of modern hats and caps for all genders and ages, the most exciting merchandise comes from Wickham’s expertise as a historic hatter. He reproduces high quality headwear from 1600-1900 by closely studying original artifacts and old photographs.

Shop owner Bill Wickham dons a Sioux ceremonial bonnet. - PROVIDED
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  • Shop owner Bill Wickham dons a Sioux ceremonial bonnet.

Dirty Billy’s Facebook page shows an array of bowlers, beehive hats, and traditional, Southern-style sun hats. For rugged gentlemen, there are salon-style cowboy hats. For women with vintage taste, there are feminine 1920s berets and cloche hats.

Adding to this list of resurrected items is a line of hats and caps that will awe any history nut: a collection of Davy Crockett coonskin caps and Sioux ceremonial bonnets — because why not? Just in case these items weren’t whimsical enough, Dirty Billy’s also carries a line of authentic, feather-adorned pirate hats. You know, for your next pirate convention, or Saturday night out on the town.

Wickham’s artistry and unique interests allow the public to don items that, ordinarily, would be on display in places like museums. In addition to bringing his favorite historical pieces back to life, he has been hired to create specialty hats for actors such as Sam Elliot, Martin Sheen, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Berenger for his role in Rough Riders.

The new hat shop opens at 168 C Church St. this Sat. April 1st.

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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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