Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Julia Engel (a.k.a. Gal Meets Glam)'s collections now available via Anthro, Nordstrom, and Dillard's

From big box to boutique

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 2:52 PM

If you're one of the 1.2 million people who follows Charleston-based influencer and clothing designer Julia Engel a.k.a. Gal Meets Glam, you may be familiar with her dress line (also called Gal Meets Glam, because duh).

The bright, breezy collection simply screams "day at the beach," and you can now shop it at big name stores including Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Dillard's, and Neiman Marcus. You can also shop the line at over 100 boutiques around the country.

Just last week Pop Sugar included a GMG dress in a list of "39 Editor-Approved Dresses From Nordstrom That'll Inspire You to Treat Yourself." Modeled by local model Venita Aspen, the Kathleen Button Front A-Line Dress is one Pop Sugar editors can't wait to wear "all Spring long."

Follow along with all of Hengel's beautifully curated adventures on the 'gram and at galmeetsglam.com.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

This international Women's Day, celebrate with Ibu's runway show featuring women's designs from around the globe

By women, for women

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 10:12 AM

Ibu's "visions board." - PROVIDED
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Ibu, a local store (and international movement), supports and sells the work of women makers from around the globe. On Fri. March 8 a.k.a. International Women's Day, Ibu debuts its first line of exclusively designed ready-to-wear called the Ibu World collection.

The "Fashioning Change" event, held at the Gibbes Museum from 6-8 p.m., features a champagne reception followed by runway show and remarks on the Ibu Foundation. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online.

This runway show highlights textile design techniques from women makers around the world; a singular dress will be interpreted 25 different ways. In a press release Ibu founder and creative director Susan Hull Walker says, “While extraordinarily chic, Ibu World is a celebration of heritage and skill and women. The collection underscores our commitment to putting fair wage and ownership of design in the hands of women for purpose, empowerment, and success."

This event also marks the launch of weareibu.org, a nonprofit foundation created by Ibu to support female artisans through business and design skills, training, and equipment for expansion.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Sustainable shoe company Sabah pops up at Basic Kitchen next month

"Made entirely by hand, from A to Z"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 4:21 PM

Hand-made Turkish shoes make their way to downtown Chucktown this March. - PROVIDED
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Founded by Mickey Ashmore in 2013, Sabah is a sustainable shoe company that makes shoes based on a style found in Gaziantep, a city located in the southeast of Turkey along the Syrian border. Ashmore first discovered this style of shoe when he was living in Istanbul and working for Microsoft; he was gifted a pair and by his account, hardly ever took them off.

Sabah pops up at Basic Kitchen during Charleston Wine + Food, just in time for fashionable foodies to snag a pair. From March 7-11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. the public is welcome to swing by Basic and peruse the shoes (get a sneak peek of the goods online).

Every pair of Sabah shoes is made by a Turkish shoemaker and his family and the company has grown enough for 30 additional craftsmen to join the process — and for the crew to move into a nicer facility in Gaziantep. On their website Sabah promises, "Every pair is still made entirely by hand, from A to Z, using high quality, locally sourced leathers."

Starting at $195, it would make sense that each shoe has been carefully crafted. And yes, local Insta-influencing moms, there are kids' versions too, which go for just $65 a pair.

If you can't make it to the pop-up, you can still see the shoes at Basic; Sabah is designing a team with the Basic Kitchen team for the whole staff to wear.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wren & Ivy sell their modern (but chic!) hunting gear during this weekend's SEWE

Function, but make it fashion

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 2:05 PM

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SEWE is here folks, which means you'll see no shortage of hunting/outdoor gear all over town. Need to buy some of your own pieces so you'll fit in? Wren & Ivy want to take some time this weekend to show what makes their gear so special with a pop-up shop at Garden & Gun's Fieldshop.

Located in the Dewberry, Fieldshop hosts this pop-up Feb. 15-Feb. 17. Hours are 4-6 p.m. on Friday (when guests will be greeted with complimentary cocktails), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Wren & Ivy was created by Kim and B.C. Rogers to bring the elegance of classical style to the advancements of modern hunting gear. As the story goes, "After years of searching for the perfect gear for waterfowl and upland game hunting Kim and B.C. Rogers grew restless." Naturally, they created their own.

You can find everything from garment bags to duffles to grooming kits among Wren & Ivy's goods. And if you really don't want to lose your new gear, be sure to get it customized with one-of-a-kind embossing on Friday or Saturday.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

843 Shop has your next Holy City graphic tees

Straight Outta James Island

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 12:45 PM

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There are plenty of tourist-y, tacky T-shirts, hats, and keychains that attempt to embody the spirit of our fair city. Creator of 843 Shop, Adam Miller, is looking to add something a little more authentic to the mix with his online store.

Miller starts with California-made T-shirts that he prints at his home in Riverland Terrace on James Island. The shop also sells canvas bags.

843 Shop donates 10 percent of its proceeds to various local charities. Their current charitable beneficiary is Feed the Need, the Charleston-based group that supports soup kitchens and shelters in our community. Some of the organizations that Feed the Need aids include Tricounty Family Ministries and One80 Place.
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Asked why he thought Charleston needed the 843 gear, Miller said, "Charleston is an incredible city, and I felt like we lacked a brand that accurately represented the people that live here."

Miller is not actually a Charleston native; he was born in New York and grew up in Charlotte before moving to the Holy City eight years ago. Once here, he knew he never wanted to leave.

"This city is more than simply a tourist destination," Miller says, "Charleston has a multifaceted soul and a heart teeming with hospitality. It is an honor to be able to call Charleston my home, and I want to create a brand for others who share my love for this special city."
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