by Allie Rice
Tucked between downtown's city style and the beachy digs of Charleston’s waterways comes a brand new boutique called Pearl. Owners Allison Gilchrist and Melissa Rigsby opened this high-end fashion haven in May and they're looking to bring a bevy of fresh styles and designers to Charleston’s shoppers. The store, which dons a sparse and neutral interior, hangs far from ordinary threads on its delicate clothing racks. Among the famous U.S., U.K., and Australian designers you’ll find here are Jason Wu, doo.ri, Mischen, Megan Park, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, and Anya Hindmarch.
While trying on these featured names you may find yourself housed in one of your childhood fantasies as you're whisked into a Little Mermaid-esque world of shiny pearls and bubbly effervescence. This is not to say the store is child-like, though, rather on the contrary. Pearl pampers its clientele and exudes sophistication and class in every effect from their tailored day wear to elegant evening wear, plus accessories and handbags. The knowledgeable staff offers services including closet consulting, private shopping, local deliveries, complimentary tailoring, and even house calls. The store is open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and is located at 453 West Coleman Blvd. right by Shem Creek.