Men in Charleston tend to be natty dressers. So of course the classic haberdashery is alive and well here. There are all sorts of city shops that cater to well-dressed guys—from upscale boutiques like Billy Reid and Indigo & Cotton, which sell tailored dress shirts, tweed jackets, and woolen outerwear—to the grandpappy of local menswear, Berlin’s (founded in 1883). A stroll down King Street will bring you past most of these stores; once you step inside the wood-paneled sanctums, expect to find yourself immersed in Southern tradition as well as style. You’ll likely rub shoulders with local attorneys, and bankers getting measured for their new suits; you may also find very young boys, prep-school and university students stocking up for their return to school. And don’t be surprised to hear a local asking that a charge for a bow tie or sports coat simply be added to a family account for monthly billing.
Berlin’s for Men
The civic-minded Berlin family has created a Charleston institution over the generations with this high-service store. And they’ve helped establish Charleston’s standard for style. Today the store offers ready-to-wear brands like Hickey-Freeman and Canali alongside its custom made-to-measure options.
Grady Ervin & Co.
A friend of mine who works at this classic King Street shop is always showing up at parties wearing the greatest ties and tweed blazers. Open since the mid 1990s, the shop frequently hosts trunk shows where guys can check out new merchandise and maybe taste some bourbon while they try on outfits.
A newcomer in Charleston, this shop specializes in styles that come from further north (the second-generation design company was actually founded in NYC in the 1960s). The brand has made a splash the past couple of years at Baker Motor Co. Charleston Fashion Week by bringing the first all-male collections to the event’s runway.
Dumas & Sons
This landmark shop on the corner of King and Society streets is the place to find a classic khaki or seersucker suit. It’s a favorite of guys who like Lowcountry casual clothing—polo shirts, madras, boat shoes and driving mocs. For generations, it’s also been where local college students gets outfitted before starting school.
Known for its impeccably tailored suits, waistcoats, and blazers—and a gorgeous assortment of elegant silk ties—this classic King Street haberdashery has helped bring English-style menswear to Charleston. It’s a great place to gift-shop for guys, too, with tons of colorful argyle socks, PJs, and monogrammed cufflinks and buttons.