Our Local Makers

Brackish

It's a particular man that puts a lot of thought into his groomsmen gifts, and for Ben Ross, a beer stein or cufflinks weren't going to cut it. Out of necessity comes invention.

To reflect the natural beauty of the South, but elevate it with impeccable intricacy, Ben handcrafted a set of turkey feather bow ties for the men in his wedding party in 2007. That gesture begot a wave of admiration and inspiration that became Brackish only a few years later.

Today Ben and one of those groomsmen, Jeff Plotner, have an operation that honors artisan techniques, distinctive style and the spirit of the South--making their creations available to others who won't settle for ordinary accessories. Brackish is redefining tradition while crafting memorable yet personal pieces for the modern man's closet. In their Charleston production base, they have fine tuned their process and expanded designs in order to make a lasting impact on the wardrobes of many with one-of-a-kind works of art.

Every tie is handcrafted locally in South Carolina by a team of artisans and production assistants. And because every single feather is hand selected, no 2 Brackish bow ties are exactly alike. Every tie is a sustainable work of art. Brackish has put painstaking effort into their products and pride themselves on genuine, intricate detail not found in mass production.

 Smithey Ironware Co.

Smithey Ironware is a backyard story. Their founder, Isaac Morton, hatched the idea for Smithey while tinkering around his woodshed admiring the smooth surfaces and timeless logos of vintage ironware. There, he developed an expertise in restoring beautiful old cookware pieces, which he would then gift to friends and family.


After years of studying collector’s books and bird-dogging rusty old pieces to restore to their 1890’s glory, the prospect of creating something new piqued his curiosity. Creating and sharing a cast iron cookware line that honored the classic style of vintage pieces, but also harnessed modern technology and processes, just felt like a good idea. And from that idea – that a lost art might be restored into a modern icon - Smithey Ironware was born.

J. Stark
At its core, J. Stark is a bag and luggage brand. They make timeless, sturdy things that will be carried with you for a lifetime. And they keep their designs simple. They don’t put a pocket where a pocket doesn’t belong. The result is a product that is aesthetically minimalistic and highly functional.

Add Libb Designs

The materials themselves are the inspiration. These handbags can be integrated into anyone’s wardrobe. The motivation behind every design remains the same: to create a statement piece, an accessory with the ability to not only make an outfit, but to beg the question, time and time again, of “Where did you get that purse?”

Add Libb grew from a true love of the materials themselves and a passion for an artisan lifestyle, immersed in color and creativity. It is from this happy place that they hope to bring a fresh breath of Southern artistic style.

Goat Island Treasure Boxes

Goat Island, South Carolina is a small barrier island, 200 yards across the Intracoastal Waterway from Isle of Palms, S.C. In the early ’30s, a man and his wife lived there in self-exile without electricity or water, just a herd of goats. Some 80+ years later the small strip of land is still known as Goat Island and continues to be sought after by many hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of life in the city. Still separated from civilization by water, this small and simple rustic island continues to be a relaxing retreat for the lucky ones who are able to visit or live there. Goat Island one-of-a-kind boxes are the ultimate Charleston gift. Designed by a retired teacher and coach who started woodworking as a relaxing hobby, the exquisite "works of art" are created from various, salvaged, solid wood mouldings, both old and new. The flaws and imperfections in the wood and finish only add to their beauty and authenticity. The local artist transports all the components and finished product from Goat Island (near the Isle of Palms, S.C.) across the intracoastal waterway by boat. We trust you will enjoy and cherish your signed, original work of art. 

Burls and Steel

Husband/wife team Ben and Sydney work together to create Burls and Steel. Ben is the creator and maker and Sydney handles the marketing and photography. 

They love creating useful products that are works of art and are trying to preserve the old way of doing things, so you won't find anything for sale on our site that wasn't handmade with love.

Both Ben and Sydney grew up on farms, so most of their products are named after one of their many beloved pets. 

 Grace and Grit

Grit & Grace is a coastal chic gift company that recognizes the beauty in nature and works hard to preserve the environment through oyster recycling, sustainable production practices, awareness campaigns, and educational outreaches.   

Founder Rachel Gordon started the company wanting to make beautiful gifts using oyster shells, however,  after researching the industry Rachel learned there was a shell shortage in South Carolina. Immediately she knew there was a much larger purpose for her work, and partnered with SCDNR’s oyster restoration and enhancement program, she is determined to create a product that is both beautiful, and helpful to the coast! 

From day one Grit & Grace has recycled 10 oyster shells (that would otherwise be going to a landfill) for every Grit & Grace Oyster sold.  

 Old Whaling Co.

Old Whaling Company was founded in 2012 with the desire for a gentler alternative to everyday bath + body brands. Today, they pride themselves in offering products and scents that leave your skin feeling clean, moisturized and fragrant(ized). They are so happy to be able to provide our products to people around the world through wholesale and e-commerce.

Hermosa 

Haley Keisler found her lifelong passion of designing jewelry at the young age of twelve with an inherited collection of vintage jewelry that she reconstructed into new designs.  Fourteen years and thousands of designs later, Haley seeks inspiration for her jewelry line from various color combinations, distinct textures, and the organic progression associated with the changing of seasons. A native to Charleston, SC, she is influenced by her the Southern lifestyle and the coastal landscapes of the Lowcountry.  

 

Zola 

Zola Jewelry began in 1997 when artist and designer Sharon McLean returned home from a summer spent studying sculpture at NYU in New York City. In her spare time, Sharon began designing some simple necklaces to wear to work. A local boutique owner in South Carolina saw Sharon wearing one of her designs and placed an order on the spot. Friends and family began commissioning pieces and Zola Jewelry was born!


Sharon's work has grown and taken many new directions. Employing mixed metals, leather, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, vintage and found items, her designs are influenced by nature and have an organic feel. She always strives to create unique, eclectic jewelry to wear everyday; jewelry that will make you happy and feel special every time you wear it. Using only the finest components, Sharon makes each piece by hand, one at at time, in her studio on Spring Street in Charleston, SC.

MacBailey Candle Co

Renewable, Reusable, Reliable

MacBailey believes in the benefits to using 100% soy wax for burning candles. Their candles will produce zero toxins, carcinogens or pollutants which means it is better for your home and less likely to trigger allergies. As a renewable resource, it is biodegradable and water soluble which can be easier to clean after spills.

Their vessels are designed with reuse in mind. The possibilities are endless!

Rewind

Rewined crafts beautifully designed and functional products. Their passion lies in exploring wine and places with good people. With gratitude, their story continues to grow because of their team that inspires one another to celebrate our individual strengths.

Geechie Boy

On their Edisto Island farm, the Johnsmans operate historic working mills, creating grits used in the country’s finest restaurants, including James Beard Award-winning chefs in nearby Charleston and around the nation. On a 3-acre garden next to their market, they grow a variety of heirloom vegetables and specialty crops at the request of chefs.

Bulls Bay Salt Works

On May 31, 2012 Bulls Bay Saltworks became the first operational salt company in South Carolina since the Civil War, when the USS James Chambers destroyed the final saltern at Palmetto Point Bulls Bay on February 25, 1865.

If you spend any time in the Charleston area, you will have already noticed the distinctive regional taste that we’re all about, it’s in the air. For us, it might have started with eating Bulls Bay oysters, could have been from a walk around Lighthouse Island helping the Turtle Crew, or maybe from just hanging around at The Battery. Somehow, the salt, our salt, your salt, Charleston salt, made an impression that insisted on finding a way into the kitchen. 

Red Clay

Expertly crafted by a stubborn chef, Red Clay Hot Sauce reveres quality ingredients, balanced flavors and time-honored, handcrafted techniques. Meant to enhance a dish, not mask it. We like it on oysters, fried chicken and family recipes.

Farm to Feet

Farm to Feet is committed to the single, simple goal of creating the world’s best wool socks by exclusively using an all-American recipe: US materials, US manufacturing, and US workers. With its supply chain completely within the U.S., Farm to Feet is able to ensure the highest quality materials and end products, while having as little impact on the environment as possible.

Farm to Feet was launched in 2013 by Nester Hosiery, a leading U.S. manufacturer of performance merino wool socks.

King Bean Coffee Roasters

Owner and founder Kurt Weinberger began King Bean Coffee Roasters in his parents’ garage in South Carolina in 1994. He was 23 years old and had recently finished a stint in the navy, stationed near Seattle.

The coffee scene was exploding in the Pacific Northwest, but hadn’t found its way to South Carolina. Kurt, the son of fine dining restaurateurs, fused his newfound passion for coffee with his culinary upbringing. He purchased his first roaster, a small and humble Diedrich, and began roasting coffee. His parents’ restaurant was their first wholesale client.

 

Coastal Touch

Avid home builders and passionate about interior design, Joe and Liz found themselves inspired by the local craftsmanship, tradition and architecture of the Lowcountry and set about to design an interior living space enthused by their new surroundings.  Specifically, they fell in love with the local Sweetgrass baskets sold throughout town, and wanted to find a way to incorporate the design into their kitchen.  At that same time Joe was looking for new cabinet knobs that would set their kitchen apart, and idea struck him – what if he could somehow fuse the design of the Sweetgrass basket into each knob, further celebrating the local traditions and design that he and Liz had fallen in love with.  An idea was born and a year later, so was Coastal Touch – a means of celebrating the Lowcountry and sharing it with others across the country.

Oliver Pluff

Oliver Pluff & Company tells the story of historic American beverages--including teas, spiced-drinks, cacao, and coffee--for historical sites, National Parks, gourmet markets, and consumers looking for a great beverage, hand-packaged in signature, artisan tins.  We connect people around the country to the early American experience through these historic beverages.    

 

 

Oliver Pluff & Company is a Veteran Owned Small Business.