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The Buzz: February 2017

February 2017
The Buzz: February 2017
The latest news in fashion and shopping around Charleston

Finely Feathered
From wedding aisles to Hollywood red carpets, cocktail parties to press conferences (Panthers QB Cam Newton’s a fan): Over the last five years, Brackish has seen its feather bow ties and other accessories wing their way to a pretty impressive perch in the menswear world. And in December, the Holy City favorite revealed its first designer collaboration—a collection of formal footwear dreamed up with Res Ipsa, an Atlanta company known for creating artisan goods inspired by global travels. Men and women alike can slip into black, navy (shown above), or brown suede loafers topped with bold, bright, all-natural bird feathers. We’ll take a pair of each, please! [www.brackishbowties.com]

On the Edge
Last month, women’s boutique Havens debuted on the hip, upper, upper end of King Street, describing itself as ”a space curated by and for the unconventional, independent, and free thinking.” With a decidedly edgy, yet whimsical aesthetic, proprietor Havens Blanton (who owned a boutique in Atlanta before traveling the world and eventually landing in Charleston) brings in pieces by small, high-end designers you won‘t find represented elsewhere in town. ”You’ll see a lot of neutral tones with a few pops of color,” says Blanton. ”Everything works together well; my clothes are timeless and designed to be worn.” [724-A King St., www.havens1.com]

Hot Topic
The queen bee of blowout bars, Drybar, has landed in Charleston! Make an appointment to sip a glass of champagne in a custom Italian styling chair and reconnect with a cult-fave chick flick—playing on flat screens behind the marble bar—while ordering up a Mai Tai (a messy and beachy ’do), Cosmo (lots of loose curls), or Manhattan (sleek and smooth). The salon also sells the company’s popular hair styling products and tools. [556 King St., www.thedrybar.com]

Brighten Up!
Hilton Head Island brand Spartina 449 is eyeing a late-February opening for its first Holy City boutique—just in time to show off its expansive spring collection. Stop in for a happy dose of coastal color via its flagship linen and leather handbags, as well as apparel, accessories, and paper products, all inspired by the unspoiled beauty of the Lowcountry’s own Daufuskie Island. [300 King St., www.spartina449.com]