While this Lowcountry city wears its charm on its perennially chic sleeve, the layers of history and culture here go deep. The same can be said of its retail scene, which simultaneously embraces the old and new.
Shopkeepers cater to Charleston's time-honored sensibilities, and the next generation isn't afraid to push the envelope along the length of King Street and in emerging neighborhoods. On the hunt for a Georgian-style mahogany sideboard and an Isabel Marant blouse? You're in the right place.
Where to Shop
268 King Street
This boutique located in a 19th-century masonry building proves that the Holy City can embrace iconoclastic fashion visions from creatives such as Rick Owens and Japanese label Christian Peau; shopworthwhile.com.
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314 King Street
Peruse the racks in this high-style emporium that contain everything from Southern-born, L.A.-based design wiz Mark D. Sikes's updated classic MDS Stripes brand to Stella McCartney's modern British wit; hampdenclothing.com.
Fritz Porter Design Collective
701 East Bay Street Suite 106
Don't miss Charleston native Sarah-Hamlin Hastings's passion project: a selective design and antiques market under one roof with an ever-changing pop-up atelier area. In addition to nurturing local talent, the erstwhile cigar factory functions as an outstanding example of the town's creative approach to adaptive reuse; fritzporter.com.
Croghan's Jewel Box
308 King Street
If you're itching for some bling, follow the lead of in-the-know Charlestonians and slip into Croghan's, which has been selling one-of-a-kind pieces and swoon-worthy heritage gems for more than a century; croghansjewelbox.com.
438 King Street
One of Charleston's leading interior-design tastemakers' showroom and art gallery is the place to import some of this city's legendary sense of style back to your own home; shopmitchellhill.com.
Where to Eat
Fuel up with fluffy handmade biscuits at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit; calliesbiscuits.com. The narrow, tin-ceilinged bar at The Belmont is a favorite stop for locals (thebelmontcharleston.com), while the intimate Chez Nous serves a tightly edited roster of daily specials (cheznouschs.com).
Where to Stay
Zero George offers sophisticated slumber in an impeccably reimagined property in a quiet corner of the historic district; zerogeorge.com.
Photos: Worthwhile, Andrew Cebulka/Hampden Clothing, Juila Lynn, Croghan's Jewel Box, Jennifer Collins Photography, Jason Stemple.