From The Daniel Island News

Business Briefs - March 13, 2014
Mar 12, 2014 - 9:31:18 AM

Charleston-based resortwear brand
begins retail venture,
broadens product

 The first-ever retail store for internationally known resort and beachwear brand Escapada Living is now open in Mount Pleasant.
“Charleston is the perfect location to launch the first Escapada Living Signature Store,” said Natalia Castillo, founder and creative director of Escapada Living. “This is where the brand first got its start – and the community has embraced our clothing in such an inspiring way. We have great plans for expanding the company, and it only makes sense to start in our hometown.”
The Escapada Signature Store invites customers to experience Escapada Living in a gorgeous retail setting that reflects the essence of the brand - easy luxe-for-less pieces that exude femininity and that effortlessly transition from beach days to city nights, allowing women to embrace the versatility of their lifestyle.
The store offers a broad range of items for women comprised of pieces from Escapada Living’s latest collections, fun accessories and gift items, and apparel from a variety of other brands, including Julie Brown, Tara Michelle, NYDJ, Before and Again, Level 99 and Lolo Bags.
“Being able to interact with our customers in the store on a daily basis also ensures our pieces relate to the Escapada woman. We’re thrilled to get to know our Charleston customers on an even more personal level and provide them with fun, vibrant clothing that reflects their lifestyle,” said Castillo.  
The Mount Pleasant store is the first of several anticipated signature retail locations in key resort destinations, including Palm Beach and Naples, Florida. Pop-up shops to expand the brand’s international presence are also planned for the Caribbean and Australia.
Customers can visit the Escapada Living Signature Store in Belle Hall Shopping Center located at 644F Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464.
The Escapada Signature Store is also on Facebook at and Instagram at

Architecture Plus hires interior

Holly Spake-Gray, ASID, IIDA, has been appointed to spearhead the Interior Design division for Architecture Plus. Holly will lead the growth of the company by focusing on assisting clientele and their contractors through the selections process. She will assist in helping select and coordinate the entire interior finishes, furnishings and color theme that makes a space both stunning and functional. Holly will offer clients a sense of control over their own spaces while guiding them to create a space that exuberates design, passion and function all while staying on budget.  
A current member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Holly obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Charleston. She was a recipient the 2010 Outstanding Portfolio Award, the Rug Momeni Competition and a participant in the Otto Zenke Student Design Competition. Holly is currently working towards obtaining her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). This qualification will only give Holly added knowledge and experience in creating interior spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and safe.
Architecture Plus was established in 2012 and is involved with a wide array of both residential and commercial projects throughout the Charleston area, including St. Kitts and Antigua.

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