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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: LOCAL BOUTIQUES FOR THE CHARLESTON FASHIONISTA
Ready to shop until you drop? Charleston’s iconic King Street is a two-mile strip of endless boutiques and retailers. Charming shops placed along the famous street offer a variety of commodities; brand name clothing, hand made accessories, bags, hats, shoes and so much more. Whether you’re looking for the latest trends, handmade pieces, top brands, or local designs, you’ll find it all on King Street. Often compared to California’s Rodeo Drive, it’s every East Coast fashionista’s favorite place to shop!
Skinny Dip – Sipping frosé and browsing some of Charleston’s most fun and fashionable outfits, jewelry and hand bags is a must. Skinny Dip works closely to curate a collection from Beau & Ro bag company—a local brand of colorful, Charleston inspired clutches, hand bags, and wallets. After you snap a selfie in front of the famous wall of clutches (or the recognizable flower wall), make your way through Southern couture with capes by Ellsworth & Ivey and the famous ‘Skinny Dip’ sweatshirts. What makes this particular boutique unique is it’s upstairs bar with an outdoor patio (and porch swing!), and co-working space on the second floor. More than just the first floor boutique, the bar is famous for it’s frozé and flower wall. The upstairs bar, and outdoor patio are open to the public daily and you’ll usually find girlfriends gathering, or husbands/boyfriends patiently waiting.
V2V – Boho and beachy, V2V is an open layout boutique full of Free People, flowy finds, Hard Tail, and loads of high-fashion dresses. Whether you want to dress up for a cute & casual beach trip, or find a gleaming outfit for a night out downtown, V2V has plenty of choices. This local shop is always selling the latest trends with a touch of Southern charm.
Dumas & Sons — Gentlemen, we haven’t forgotten about your shopping needs – this is the place for you! Known as a specialty men’s retailer, they offer a variety of high-end brands including Barbour and Southern Tide. More than just clothing, they sell local sweetgrass baskets and one-of-a-kind, creative accessories including bowties made of leather and hand-picked oyster shells from Boysterous Couture. This is the place to go for the quintessential Charleston purchase.
Bennie & Coco — Something old or something new? From vintage band tees to jumpsuits and jewelry by Chan Luu and Mercedes Salazar, Bennie & Coco has something for every style and price point. Their pieces are unique yet trendy and are perfect for everyday activities. You can even find colorful, retro kid’s tees and onesies by Aviator. Visit this cozy shop to get comfortable and stylish this summer.
These are just a FEW of the MANY boutiques and shops on the 2-mile stretch of King Street, but there is always more to discover. One of the best times for the fashionista to explore is “Second Sunday” on King Street where on the second Sunday of each month they shut down portions of Charleston’s iconic thoroughfare to cars and allow shoppers to meander in and out of the shops with local restaurants and vendors lining the sidewalks.
Next time you find yourself in Charleston, dip into any of these local boutiques to cool off or treat yourself to a shopping spree on King Street. Elevate your shopping experience with our “Girls’ Retreat Package,” and enjoy shopping with a private stylist.