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Fashion, Design & The Arts: King Street in Charleston

Posted on October 16, 2012 by

What has become a renowned shopping haven distinguished by its family-owned boutiques, antiques shops, art galleries, and so much more, historic King Street in Charleston has evolved into three distinctive areas; Upper King Street houses the Design and Dining District; the middle of King Street being the Fashion District and Lower King Street, the Antiques District.

Charleston continues to make its mark with an extensive design and decorative arts scene, showcasing the unique sense of style and flavor of local artisans. Here’s a few of our favorite spots to check out along historic King Street:


INTERIOR DESIGN & ANTIQUE SHOPS

The Urban Electric Co.
2130 North Hobson Avenue | North Charleston, SC

Showroom for one of the most unique lighting manufacturers in the design industry. Their sophisticated, contemporary designs are individually crafted and completely customizable with any paint color or finish of your liking.

Urban Electric, charleston

Reclaimed Designworks
132 East Bay Street | Charleston, SC

Reclaimed lumber, timber & antique wood designs – for floors, walls, ceilings, countertops, backsplashes, wainscoting and more

reclaimed designworks, charleston

Elizabeth Stewart Designs
422 Savannah Highway | Charleston, SC

Charleston’s signature design emporium offers home furnishings, fabrics, accessories, artwork, and jewelry. Heralded by Southern Accents, Southern Living, HGTV, and Charleston HOME, among others, ESD offers approachable glamour, livable luxury, and style.

ESD, charleston

South of Market
173 King Street | Charleston, SC

Owned by interior designer, Kay Douglass, South of Market is a coveted home furnishings store stocked with antiques sourced from France and Belgium, re-purposed objects, upholstery, and a large selection of light fixtures including iron sconces, chandeliers, industrial pendants and more. The South of Market aesthetic is clean, rustic, unique and sophisticated.

south of market, charleston

Haute Design      
489 King Street | Charleston, SC

Charleston’s interior design boutique – Haute Design is a full service interior design firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial spaces, as well as historic renovations

haute design, charleston

Circa Lighting
426 King Street | Charleston, SC

Circa Lighting offers quality lighting, lamps and accessories for all your decorating needs

Alexandra French Antiques
156 King Street | Charleston, SC

Swedish antiques with a rustic, shabby-chic feel

alexandra french antiques, charleston

David Skinner Antiques & Period Lighting
177 King Street | Charleston, SC

David Skinner Antiques specializes in American and European antique furniture and period lighting

david skinner antiques, charleston

Tucker Payne Antiques (website currently under construction)
169 King Street | Charleston, SC

John Pope Antiques
180 King Street | Charleston, SC

After completing his degree in Historic Preservation at Savannah College of Art and Design, John Pope pursued his passion for antiques with the opening of John Pope Antiques in 2007 with pieces largely influenced by his travels through Asia and Europe.

The Boutique : Monogramming & Gifts    no website
47 Broad Street | Charleston, SC

 

SHOPPING

Hampden Clothing
314 King Street | Charleston, SC

Recognized by Vogue and Marie Claire magazines as one of the top boutiques in the country, Hampden’s specialty is hand-picking and pulling together an assortment of pieces tailored to each clients’ style.

Haley Spees & Marisa Deitrich of Hampden Clothing kindly pulled together the collection below of their favorite fall products!

hampden clothing, charleston
RTW Charleston

186 King Street | Charleston, SC

RTW is an independently owned and operated women’s clothing specialty store offering a fine clothing gathered from Italy, France, England, the U.S., with our own one-of-a-kind items. Offering a personal shopper to help complete your look.

Jeffery from RTW put together one of his favorite fall outfits for us…
‘I love this Jean Paul Gaultier skirt. It’s a black knit skirt with a grey (unzipped) skirt sewn onto the front. It is beyond cool and pretty hilarious at the same time.’

RTW charleston

Billy Reid, Inc.
150 King Street | Charleston, SC

A men’s and women’s luxury designer clothing, shoes and accessories boutique, has roots in a specific Southern past. Reid is a son of the South, who designs his collection in Florence, Alabama and employs artisan factories in Europe and America.

Addie Dorsey, Assistant Store Director shared some great pics of her favorites from Billy Reid

billy reid, charleston

The Finicky Filly
303 King Street | Charleston, SC

Women’s wear shop owned by mother and daughter team Judy Casey and Rebecca Steinberg, featuring luxurious clothing for women of any age

finicky filly, charleston

Lily Charleston
196 King Street | Charleston, SC

Purveyors of life’s little luxuries, Lily offers beautiful stationery, vintage jewelry, soaps, and handbags in this lovely little shop

lily, charleston

Stella Nova
292 King Street | Charleston, SC

Charleston’s best hair salon & day spa, this trendy downtown salon, make-up studio and esthetique offers an exclusive selection of fragrances, make-up, bath, hair, and men’s products

stella nova, charleston

Bits of Lace
302 King Street | Charleston, SC

Fine European lingerie boutique offering a full range of beautiful lingerie that extends from classics to fashion forward styles

V2V
295 King Street | Charleston, SC

Clothing and accessories boutique showcasing the latest trends in fashion with their evolving variety of products from popular brands such as: Echo, Emu Australia, Free People and Hobo International

Calypso St. Barth
234 King Street | Charleston, S

Classic bohemian chic style boutique, known for their unique pieces that create an effortless style with bold colors, gorgeous materials and special embellishments

M. Dumas & Sons
294 King Street | Charleston, SC

Premier men’s clothing store – third generation, locally owned and operated business

m. dumas & son, charleston

Ben Silver
149 King Street | Charleston, SC

Fine men’s apparel store now in it’s third generation of business, Ben Silver provides refined and tasteful clothing for the distinguished gentleman, offering the finest selection of striped neckwear in the world, custom blazer buttons, cuff links and more

ben silver, charleston

Bob Ellis Shoes, Inc.
332 King Street | Charleston, SC

A Charleston landmark for over 55 years, Bob Ellis provides the latest ladies and men’s fashion footwear and handbags along with superior customer service, quality and selection

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

Horton Hayes Fine Art
30 State Street | Charleston, SC

Featuring original works by locally and nationally recognized artists, Horton Hayes Fine Art exhibits artwork such as landscapes, still-life, figurative works and architectural depictions rendered in oil, pastel or watercolor

Ann Long Fine Art
54 Broad Street | Charleston, SC

Leading fine art gallery specializing in classical realist paintings, drawings, and sculpture by contemporary artists

Joel Oppenheimer, Inc. – The Audubon Gallery
190 King Street | Charleston, SC

The natural history art gallery located on historic King Street

CFADA (Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association)
Charleston, SC

Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association is a source of fine art in the South and consists of the city’s most prominent galleries. The association promotes Charleston as a fine art destination for talented artists, passionate art enthusiasts and avid collectors.

Member galleries are: Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Helena Fox Fine Art, Horton Hayes Fine Art, Smith-Killian Fine Art, The Sylvan Gallery and the Wells Gallery

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC

Charleston’s only visual arts museum, The Gibbes Museum of Art exists to link the art of our past with the art of our future through innovative exhibitions, acquisitions, interpretation and educational programs that preserve and promote the art of Charleston and the American South.

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  1. Michelle S. -

    so many great finds!! love, love SOM and Reclaimed Designworks!!