Charleston

One-of-a-kind boutiques make up an important part of the contemporary Charleston shopping experience. Long-established Christian Michi anchors the corner of Market and King; its window displays are like works of art, and its innovative and European designs are treasured by well-heeled, sophisticated clients. Some department stores cater to younger shoppers, and high-end shops sell either their own designer fashions, or carry names that are found in Paris, New York, and South Beach, like Kate Spade in the Shops at Belmond Charleston Place.

The number and quality of shoe stores on King Street is surprising for the city's size. Family-owned shops like Berlin's are city institutions. Newer shops like Sugar Snap Pea are popular with families.

The Upper King District is interspersed with clothing boutiques and restaurants. The revival of this neighborhood has sparked a new wave of home-fashion stores; long-term antiques hunters, accustomed to buying on Lower King, have been lured uptown as well. Charleston has more than 25 fine-art galleries, making it one of the top art towns in America. Local Lowcountry art, which includes both traditional landscapes of the region as well as more contemporary takes, is among the most prevalent styles here. Such innovative artists as Betty Anglin Smith and Fred Jamar, a Belgian known for his whimsical nighttime cityscapes, can give you a piece of Charleston to keep close until your next visit. Collectors will find nationally and internationally renowned work in such exquisite galleries as Ann Long Fine Art and the more contemporary Martin Gallery.

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  • 1. Hampden Clothing

    Lower King | Clothing

    One of the city's trendiest boutiques attracts the young and well-heeled, who come here for an edgier, New York–influenced style. Hot designers...Read More

  • 2. Ben Silver

    Lower King | Clothing

    Charleston's own Ben Silver, premier purveyor of blazer buttons, has more than 800 designs, including college and British regimental motifs...Read More

  • 3. Berlin's

    Lower King | Clothing

    Family-owned since 1883, this Charleston institution has a reputation as a destination for special-occasion clothing. The store, which for...Read More

  • 4. Billy Reid

    Lower King | Clothing

    The darling of Southern tailors offers fashion-forward shoppers the best in aristocratic men's and women's clothing. Be sure to check out the...Read More

  • 5. Bits of Lace

    Clothing

    When this exclusive lingerie shop opened in 1976, no one thought it would make it in such a conservative town, but they were wrong. It's still...Read More

  • 6. Christian Michi

    Lower King | Clothing

    This shop carries tony women's clothing and accessories. Designers from Italy, such as Piazza Sempione, are represented, as is European line...Read More

  • 7. Copper Penny

    Lower King | Clothing

    This longtime local clothier sells trendy dresses and women's apparel from designers like Trina Turk, MILLY, Tibi, and Diane von Furstenberg...Read More

  • 8. ellington

    Market | Clothing

    Chic and classy, this shop is known for its washable, packable women's clothing made of feel-good fabrics like silk, linen, and cashmere. Its...Read More

  • 9. Finicky Filly

    Lower King | Clothing

    This mother/daughter-owned boutique carries exceptional women's apparel, jewelry, and handbags by such designers as Lela Rose, Tory Burch, All...Read More

  • 10. Ibu

    Lower King | Clothing

    Artisans from 34 countries contribute the elaborate and intricate textiles used to make the mostly women's clothing for sale here. The brightly...Read More

  • 11. Indigo and Cotton

    Cannonborough | Clothing

    This men's store is the go-to boutique for the latest in gentlemen's tailoring featuring brands such as Gitman Vintage, Filson Red Label bags...Read More

  • 12. Kids on King

    Lower King | Clothing

    This shop's world-traveling owners offer the finest in children's apparel, accessories, and toys from just about everywhere. You'll be transported...Read More

  • 13. Sugar Snap Pea

    Lower King | Clothing

    This sweet shop stocks the ultimate in kids' wear, from Petit Bateau to Jellycat and Tea Collection. Owner Zhenya Kuhne keeps the clothing options...Read More

  • 14. The Trunk Show

    Market | Clothing

    This upscale consignment shop sells designer dresses, handbags, and shoes. The back room has been converted into a men's department, with mostly...Read More

  • 15. Nancy's

    Middle King | Clothing

    For years Nancy's has offered unique, one-of-a-kind, fun-loving fashions for the traveler. Clothes are not trendy—they are timeless. ...Read More

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