Remember last week when I went on a rant about how unacceptable the Fashion's Night Out scene was in Charleston? Well, last night was the big night. So I decided to go to what really was the only event in town that tickled my fancy. The Billy Reid Store (150 King St.) hosted an event to show off their new Fall/Winter stuff and also to showcase somewhat of a newer brand: Rogue Wave Surf Shop. RWSS (69 Spring St.) was founded nearly two years ago by Rhett Boyd Jr., who I met during my "Charleston's 10 Most Stylish" feature earlier in the year. His brand specializes in offering the highest quality handmade surfcraft and skateboards, along with vintage clothing and accessories. So of course I had to go support my buddy, Rhett, and also show love to the reigning CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) menswear designer of the year, Billy Reid. And in true Billy Reid "fashion," there was bourbon, food, music, and clothes. Which I think is the best combo besides cream cheese, flour, sugar, eggs, and heavy cream (figure it out).
Here are some pics from the event. Hopefully the rest of King Street decides to join in on the fun next year.
Music by Ryan Bailey
Bourbon mixed drink. Seven minutes after this picture was taken, it was empty.
A look in Billy Reid's downstairs basement
Billy Reid' s bowtie display
Me and Rhett
Table of goodies from RWSS available for sale that evening
Close-up of one of RWSS floral pocket tees