For any couture-conscious Carolinian, an annual (or, ahem, monthly) pilgrimage to Charleston is a necessity. Where else to vaunt that fabulously enormous sunhat? Joining King Street’s established queue of posh boutiques is We Took to the Coast, a seaside twist on its Greenville sister, We Took to the Woods.
We Took to the Coast maintains the same polished aesthetic, simply repackaged in sunny, beachy tones. Dark antiques and evergreen boughs are exchanged for white walls and sunflower-filled antique jars. Navy wares and linen apparel collide symbiotically like wave and sand. And, of course, there are the candles.
Perhaps most coveted for their bespoke soy candles, the store won runner-up for craft in Garden & Gun’s 2015 Made in the South Awards. Handcrafted by Mary Campbell, owner Bob Yearick’s daughter, the coastal collection abandons winter aromas for summery scents like Huarache Sandals, Too—a blend of leather and sea salt—or Pines by the Sea. Packaged in cornflower blue with whimsical aquatic illustrations, the candles are a definitive décor piece for any beach home.
Where home goods are concerned, expect to find the conventional We Took to the Woods brands with updated colors. The Charleston store also adds vintage clothing to the array—think horizontal striped tops next to glass honey pots. It’s a little bit Carolina, a little bit Cape Cod, but altogether elegant and warm and reminisce of a coastal holiday.
We Took to the Coast, 153 King St, Charleston; wetooktothecoast.com; open through July 15. We Took to the Coast’s Mary Campbell, artist-in-residence at Garden & Gun’s Palmetto Bluff cottage, will be teaching candle-making and floral-foraging, July 23–28. For more information, visit palmettobluffartist.com.