The densest and most appealing collection of upscale shops in the Carolinas is on King Street. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place, located on the ground floor of Charleston Place Hotel, along King and Market streets (, comprises a mix of designer brands (Gucci, L’Occitane, Calypso St. Barth, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, and so on). A short stretch of trendy, youth-conscious boutiques known as Upper King Street Design District ( is where about a dozen forward-thinking artisans ply their penchant for jewelry, millinery, and crafts.

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