Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Charleston Wedding Week announces 2018 dates

Renewing its vows

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 3:46 PM

A wedding in Charleston?! Who would have guessed? - PROVIDED
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  • A wedding in Charleston?! Who would have guessed?
We'll be the first to admit — we didn't think that Charleston Wedding Week, the product of Charleston Weddings magazine and The Wedding Row blog, would make it past its inaugural year. What can we say, we think the whole Charleston-as-wedding-destination thing doesn't really warrant a week of activities.

But you know what they say about Charleston weddings? They make a hell of a lot of money. They do say that, don't they? Regardless, Charleston Wedding Week is back next year, held Jan. 24-27 2018 in various downtown locations. The week features workshops, "signature experiences," fashion events, and parties. Woo hoo.

Last year's Wedding Week did feature some pretty big deal speakers — like Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty and local party planner extraordinaire Tara Guerard — so maybe this year will bring more of the same. This city does host about 100 weddings a week, so we know the audience for all things wedding-related is out there. Starting saving that dough, brides-to-be. You'll need it.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ink Meets Paper hosts sample sale next Thurs. Aug 10

The write stuff

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 2:34 PM

With a motto of "text less, write more," local stationary company Ink Meets Paper transports the seemingly archaic art of letter writing into the modern age.

From almost-too-pretty to touch social stationary covered in abstract poppy and wave designs, to greeting cards stuffed with colorful confetti, to wedding advice cards, the goods at Ink Meets Paper make even the most pen-averse want to learn calligraphy.

Next Thurs. Aug 10, the adorable shop will hold a sale with 50 percent off retail prices of sample cards, slightly imperfect cards, and discontinued products.

If you leave the sale with a lovely bounty, but have the handwriting of a doctor, be sure to check out the shop's calligraphy classes offered weeknights and Saturday mornings.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

J. Stark hosts pop-up this Sat. July 29

Poppin' off the shelf

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 3:32 PM

Ain't no party like a pop-up party. That's the motto at 208 Coming St., at least, home to J. Stark (and former home of Becca Barnet's design Company, Sisal Creative). The spot has hosted several pop-ups this year and they're back at it this weekend with an event featuring J. Stark goods along with The Contents Co., Proud Mary Textiles, and Neve & Hawk.

Guests can sip on cocktails and beer while they shop, along with a limited supply of Arabica Soda samples from Merc & Mash's coffee director, Michael Mai. Neve & Hawk, a California-based clothing company, will sell items at 15 percent off, while J. Stark sells pieces at a 10 percent discount. Proud Mary, a clothing company, and The Contents Co., a seller of "essential apothecary goods" will also be offering discounted items.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

YESAND holds summer release party at J. Stark this Friday

Map it out

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Local retailer YESAND makes cartography cool. The company's custom items — from Vans slip-ons to beer koozies — feature made-to-order hand-drawn maps of Charleston, but can also be designed for any city that has your heart.

YESAND will hold its summer release party at local bags and leather goods company J.Stark this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free to attend, and guests can sip a beer while they peruse limited edition YESAND Charleston blueprint map shoes, "Nothing is Cooler than Having Fun" pennants, and "Pinemapple" tanks and koozies.

Naked Eyes Jewelry is set to pop-up in the store next week, and at the end of the summer J. Stark will be expanding its production and retail space at 208 Coming into what was Sisal Creative's studio space.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

For their next trick, Distil Union kickstarts sunglasses that stick with you

Because you don't wanna lose those Ray-Bans, do you?

Posted by Jakob Lazzaro on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:29 PM

You might know local design collective Distil Union for its previous six Kickstarter successes — the Wally series of wallets and the Stanley stand. Maglock sunglasses, the firm’s latest creation, continues that trend. Launched this past Tuesday, the Kickstarter is currently at over $24,000 pledged on a $15,000 goal with 46 days remaining.

Maglocks clip to your clothes or any magnetized surface - DISTIL UNION
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  • Maglocks clip to your clothes or any magnetized surface
Basically, Maglocks are sunglasses with little magnets embedded in the frame. Those magnets let you clip the glasses closed onto your shirt so they don’t fall off. You can also attach the sunglasses to anything metal, and they’ll stick.

Founded in 2011 by Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham; the collective’s design philosophy focuses on minimalism and simplification of everyday life.

Those principles played a major part in the design of Maglock — instead of carrying around accessories for accessories, the magnets are integrated into the glasses.

The original idea came about six years ago after Justiss lost an expensive pair of sunglasses at a football game. Annoyed, he affixed some magnets to a pair of old sunglasses as a solution. It worked, and Justiss still has those glasses today.

In addition to the magnets, the glasses feature polarized, scratch-resistant lenses with UVA and UVB protection. The company is currently offering two different designs in six colors paired with a folding sunglass case, and glasses are expected to be shipped to backers in December of 2017. But you should probably act quickly if you want in on the first batch of Maglocks, since supplies are limited.

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