Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Leather brand Moore & Giles opens pop-up shop next month

What fine leather you have

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM

A bag worth strapping in. - PROVIDED
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  • A bag worth strapping in.
Moore & Giles, a natural leather brand that makes bags, belts, chairs, and more, will have a pop-up shop in Fritz Porter throughout the month of June. The shop will also feature goods from Well & Wonder Collective, Appointed, and BE Home Co., providing art, stationary, and vintage hand-woven rugs to the space. The pop-up shop will run from June 1-June 30.

Moore & Giles is also the co-host of Spoleto's finale party, Sun. June 12 at Middleton Plantation. If you think you might need a leather champagne carrier for such an occasion, well, you're in luck. Moore & Giles has one. 

Based in Lynchburg, VA, Moore & Giles has been developing leather goods for 83 years, and all of the leathers in the core collection are native to Italy. And they're stuff is pretty damn nice looking. Find our personal fave here. (No, seriously, if anyone wants to buy that for us, that would be fine.)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mary Alice Monroe is giving away a free wedding

Something borrowed, something free...

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 3:44 PM

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I recently interviewed Mary Alice Monroe for the debut of her newest novel, A Lowcountry Wedding, and we got to talking about the hype around the book, including a pretty sweet release party tomorrow. Monroe let me in on a secret that means nothing to me, but should be very valuable for brides-to-be ... she's giving away a free wedding — one that's valued at $40,000. "Only in Charleston could this happen," laughs Monroe. 

If you've ever watched the Today Show pick out a wedding for a lucky couple (literally the best part of my pre-high school morning TV ritual), then you have some idea of how this giveaway will work. Anyone can submit a short video, 60-90 seconds long, about why they deserve a Lowcountry wedding. Monroe and a few other people will choose four or five finalists, and then the public will vote on the winner. The deadline is May 31st and finalists will be announced on June 13th.

And as Monroe says, "The wedding is all-inclusive. We just can't provide the groom."

Win a wedding here. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Shop pop-ups and soirees all over town, starting tomorrow

Shop 'til ya can't shop anymore (and then shop some more)

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Spring is in the air and flowers aren't the only thing poppin' up all over Charleston. Starting tomorrow, Thurs. April 21, there are a bunch of pop-ups, well, popping up, and we're here to tell you all about them. If your company is hosting a fashion/pop-up/craft event this weekend or next week, let us know by emailing

Beer, live music, vendors, oh my! - PROVIDED
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If you like artisan crafts ...
Head to Bohemian Bull on Thurs. April 21 from 7-10 p.m. for a spring market featuring artists and vendors selling goods like stained glass, woodworks, photography, and even plants and produce. The Bull hosts a market on the third Thursday of every month through the end of summer, so if you miss this one, make sure to check out May's edition. And we did mention that you're shopping in a beer garden? Because nothing tastes better than a new piece of art served with a cold brewski.
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If you like clothes and jewelry
The Cigar Factory is hosting a Spring Fling pop-up on Sat. April 23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The list of vendors keeps growing, so check the event's Facebook for a full update. Sweet Lulu's Bakery on Wheels will be selling sweet treats, and you can pick up other quality food items from Bulls Bay Saltworks and Granna's Gourmet. But the stars of the show are all of the jewelry and clothing vendors — from JK Designs to Charleston Map Jewelry to Cavortress Clothing. 

If you like vintage DIY ...
You'll love Indigo Market's shopping soiree on Sat. April 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Indigo Market opened last fall, selling vintage and new furniture, art, jewelry, and gifts. When we talked to co-owner Liz Lyday last fall she told us that a lot of the pieces Indigo Market sells require a little extra love and fixin' up from new owners. Who doesn't love getting their hands dirty? Joining Indigo Market are Lola and Bess, an art, antiques, and design company; mac & murphy, a paper, wedding, and lifestyles boutique; Open Door Shop, an online home store and bridal registry; and paintings from Way Way Allen.

If you like crafts and PBR ...
Mollie Howley and Kristin Poplin have got you covered at the Barbeque Joint, this Sat. at 6 p.m. Each month Barbeque Joint hosts a craft night, with creativity fueled by food and drink specials. This month get ready to make some snow globes. The event is free to attend and all supplies are provided, although you can bring whatever you want to put in your globe.

And next week:
If you like home goods ...
Check out Snowe, a luxury home goods brand, at the Cigar Factory's Fritz Porter Design Collective. The pop-up starts on Thurs. April 28 and continues until Sat. April 30. The company was created by Rachel Cohen and Andres Modak, who saw a need for luxury essentials in the home. The brand utilizes whites, soft ivories, and cool greys to create a contemporary aesthetic.

Snowe creates chic home goods. - PROVIDED
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  • Snowe creates chic home goods.

If you like '80s fashion ...
You may want to step into Amy Rose's vintage airstream on Thurs. April 28, from 1-7 p.m. at the Cigar Factory. Rose curates all kinds of cool '80s gear (follow her on Instagram to stay up-to-date on new arrivals), and she'll be selling from her Red Rose Vintage every other Thursday at the Cigar Factory. And this gal is bona fide — CP's Kelly Rae called Rose's mobile shop the Best Shop on Wheels in this year's Best of Charleston issue. 

If you like farm animals ...
Ok, so this isn't your traditional pop-up, but it's near and dear to our hearts. We wrote about Jon Darling and his farm for our Dirt issue a couple weeks ago, and now he and his business partner Tara Derr (of the FarmBar), are hosting Talladega Honey Hill on Sat. April 30, starting at 2 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the farm and there will be vendors selling goods, along with live music, and fire-pit roasted pork and lamb. The event is BYOB and if you have a really good time you're invited to pitch a tent and spend the night. And you can pet as many lambs as you like. Buy tickets here. 

Buy stuff, yes, mmmhmm, sorry the precious animals on Darling Farm are distracting. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • Buy stuff, yes, mmmhmm, sorry the precious animals on Darling Farm are distracting.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Twine & Twig at Finicky Filly this weekend

Two girls, one jewelry line

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Just because the weekend is jam-packed with sports stuff — please see Cooper River Bridge Run and Volvo Open — doesn't mean you can't get a taste of fashion, too. King Street boutique Finicky Filly hosts a trunk show with pieces from Twine & Twig through Sunday, with the store open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow and 12:30-5 p.m. on Sunday.

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The jewelry line was created by North Carolina-based sisters Elizabeth Stafford White and Jacquelyn Stafford Buckner, and the two will be in the store tomorrow to talk about their collection. Learn more about the jewelry line here. 

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Charleston Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes, Part Two

Fashion Week magic, measured in watts and water bottles

Posted by Jon Santiago on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 3:39 PM

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  • Hair and makeup pros, at their stations

There’s unseasonably warm and then there’s record-breaking heat. Back for our second behind the scenes visit to Charleston Fashion Week on Wednesday, we got to see Hair and Makeup Director Ashley Brook Perryman’s team rise to the challenge not only with their assigned tasks but also with the wilting temperatures inside their tent.

Arrayed on either side of a table about as long as three Escalades parked bumper to bumper, hair dressers on one side and makeup artists on the other, the team already had a successful opening night behind them and they bent to their work on this afternoon shrugging off the weather like the veterans they are.
Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II
Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II

Charleston Fashion Week Behind the Scenes II

By Jon Santiago

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“Remember that year it poured down rain?” someone remarked, sparking laughter and perhaps, at this moment, a nostalgic fondness for sweetly refreshing thunderstorms. While portable fans struggled to offer relief, models were attended and cycled through the work stations without pause. Each designer's models have individual looks to go with their runway garb, so if you're showing as many designers as CFW does every night, work for the hair and makeup team just keeps coming.

But these pros stay at it, on their feet, all day long. And they come back to do it again year after year. They’re happy to tell you how much they love it. But we really didn’t need to be told. You can see it in their concentration, their cheerfulness, and energy. No matter what the weatherman throws at them.

Even as staff went back and forth distributing water bottles, we began wondering if makeup and hair products can actually melt. 

Amidst all the carefully choreographed bustle, more than just the team’s stamina and resolve got tested.

A tech crew member trundled past and hunched down at the portable power junction hunting a popped circuit breaker, shaking his head. “I hate hair dryers and curling irons.”

If the magic has a price it might well be measured in watts and water bottles.

And that magic? Well, no matter what got thrown at them, everybody looked amazing.
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