King Street’s Ralph Lauren store is set to close Sat. Jan, 22. According to a corporate representative, Ralph Lauren is “making a strategic business decision to close the location.” A store employee says that although there are no closing sales going on, shoppers can take advantage of the winter sale.
After this weekend, Polo lovers won’t have to go far for their favorite tees with the signature etched emblem. A factory location opened in November at the Tanger Outlet in North Charleston. Saks Fifth Avenue, another one of King Street's recent losses, is expected to open a location at Tanger this fall as well. Will Tanger be the new high-end shopping destination? Somehow we doubt it.
We're taking a break from the Fashion Week coverage to report some sad news: Estella Vitae, one of downtown's only vintage shops, is closing. This little boutique set in a historic Society Street house featured multiple rooms filled with housewares, clothing, and accessories.
But they’re not quite down and out just yet. After the store has locked its doors for the last time, you’ll still see vintage items for sale in some of their sister Stella Nova shops. So you can still buy cute little vintage trinkets or clothes and then treat yourself to a facial while you’re there.
Estella Vitae will be closing up shop for good March 27. Until then, they're offering 50 percent off the entire store. They’re only open Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., so get your vintage fix in while you still can. Stop by 90 Society Street or call (843) 577-2944 for more information.
Elizabeth Stuart Design recently announced that they are closing their King Street location this fall. A moving sale, featuring up to half-off many home design items, begins today and will continue through September. The 4,000-square-foot West Ashley location will remain open.
Owner Elizabeth "Muffie" Stuart Faith says that the slow economy and high rent prices are to blame for the location's shuttering. Rather than spending so much money on rent, Faith plans to put those funds toward finding more spectacular items for the shop from all over the world.
She goes further into depth on the issue on ESD's blog.
"No, I didn't have to move and no, we are financially stable but I didn't want the risk in this economy," she writes.
The shop has seen its share of accolades, including mentions in Travel + Leisure, Southern Accents, and Southern Living.
Our advice? Get there soon for the best selection!
ESD is located downtown at 314 King St. (843-577-6272) and in West Ashley at 422 Savannah Hwy. (843-225-6282)
Come Friday, Pop Up Shop will be a distant memory. Good thing we had a little warning to prepare us. The now-you-see-it-now-you-don't-style shop, featuring clothes, accessories, and art from local creatives, was based on similar concepts in larger cities.
Although they were slated to close on June 22, exactly one month after opening, Thursday will be their last day. According to @PopUpShop's Twitter account, "Last day was supposed to be Monday-but due to the fact that Charleston is a ghosttown we are closing. Ergo..." Too sad.
But alas, it's not all bad news. They're having an impromptu closing sale on Thurs. June 18 from 5-8 p.m., featuring 20-40 percent off Julie Wheat, Proud Mary, Clewis Reid, Theodosia, and Carter Humphrey. BYO-WYW (whatever you want).
Mt. Pleasant boutique Luxe announced today that they're closing. In a Facebook message to fans, owner Amber Barron said, "It is with a deep and saddened heart I have to email you today to inform you all of our store closing. With the summer season upon us and still no increase in sales, we find ourselves closing our doors. You all know how much this store was my passion. To see it end like this is my worst nightmare. Thank you all for you love and support." But alas, their loss is your gain. They've got 30-40 percent off everything in the store, $5 flip-flops, buy-two-get-one-free items, and more. Check them out at 652 Coleman Blvd.