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02 Apr '16

SOCIAL PRIMER Burns Lane Pop Up Shop

Posted by K. Cooper Ray



April 2, 2016 (Charleston, SC) – K. Cooper Ray of Social Primer opens his annual pop up shop in The Hidden Countship, in the Historic King Street Shopping District of Charleston, SC. Social Primer Burns Lane will feature the brand's signature reversible bowties, long ties, and cummerbund sets, as well as a curated mix of antiques and merchandise from local dealers in Charleston and regional collectors. There will be a special gift edition of Cooper’s best-selling etiquette guide, "Bill of Rites for The American Man". This is the designer and author’s fifth annual retail collaboration: SP Lily Lodge (Beverly Hills), SP Cafiero Select (Manhattan), SP Billy Reid (Charleston), SP Shoes on King (Charleston), and now SP Burns Lane (Charleston).

            In addition to Cooper’s well-known selection of menswear collections and curations, this year’s Pop Up Shop will feature several new additions. The shop will stock hand-painted cachepot planters of perennials and herbs for cash-and-carrysale, along with selected gifts for ladies. The shop will feature an event room called “The Parlor” for trunk shows and parties all marketed and hosted by the Charleston bon vivant.

Culture Class

Cooper will lead etiquette classes for men of any age based on his book Bill of Rites for the American Man concentrating on table manners, introductions, the arts, wardrobe, and more. (For fee and scheduling classes, contact sp@socialprimer.com)

The Charleston Way: The Grace of Old Charleston, the Energy of New

K. Cooper Ray launches a concierge service for new residents, visitors, and tourists who seek an experience beyond the typical Charleston postcard, dubbed The Charleston Way. For example, Samuel Fox has rented a beach house on Sullivan’s Island for a month when he unexpectedly receives an invitation to one of Charleston’s legendary galas. Sure, Mr. Fox could rent an ill-fitting, cheap-looking tuxedo, however, he has discovered Charlestonians have discerning taste (subtle, not flashy). Helen Highwater has just moved into a charming carriage house South of Broad. Our dear Helen wants to host an afternoon tea in her garden for the ladies of the historic society (proper tea: from service to biscuits). Robert Bowman plans his groomsmen weekend and wants a bonified Lowcountry duck hunt (outfitting and guide). Louisa Ohetian wishes to throw a debutant party for her daughter, Julia (venue, planning, and protocol). Finally, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Fitzgerald are in town for the weekend and would like to attend church service in the Holy City (Denomination, Congregation, and Architecture). What separates these visitors from the thousands that trek these hallowed, ancient streets? Our esteemed guests want to experience the Holy City the Charleston Way. K. Cooper Ray has lived, worked, danced, and dined in the world’s fashion capitals and epicenters of society and culture. He brings his experience to this service and will guide clients to deliver a true experience in these areas and any other that a visitor or new resident may desire. Keeping with the Social Primer brand’s defining motto -- one does not have to be rich to live the good life, -- one merely needs to respect tradition and appreciate appropriateness to fully engage in Charleston’s rich pageant and to discover the secrets of the city with a true Charlestonian.

Cooper Ray is a blogger (SocialPrimer.com), designer (Brooks Brothers, Social Primer Collections), author (Bill of Rites for The American Man, Last Night at Moomba), event host and planner (Dom Perignon and Bottega Veneta), and television presence (Bravo TV’s Southern Charm).

The Hidden Countship (21 Burns Lane) was described by Southern Living as a well curated selection of Italian furniture and antiques handpicked by the Italian owners themselves, Donatella and Giulio della Porta, this is not only a store but also a Museum highlighting some of the della Porta family heirlooms. Named after his family's property in Umbria, Contea Nascosta, this unique store is hidden down the adorable Burns Lane just off of King Street. With a desire to celebrate and promote the artists and history of Italy, you can discover everything from linens, artwork, jewelry, and furniture that has been imported directly from Italy.

For more information, please contact sp@socialprimer.com


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