A couple weeks ago, Lo & Sons sent me to explore Charleston with their new Claremont camera bag on my shoulder. To anyone ever looking for a good quality camera bag, I could not recommend this one enough. It’s the perfect size and color, the shoulder straps are adjustable, and it’s got plenty of room for more than just a camera - it completely simplified the way that I normally travel.
For the release of Claremont's new color, I wrote a piece about my Charleston experience. And for more on the trip, check out their Pinterest page.
Having lived in the south for 11 years, when I explain it to people, I almost always unintentionally think about Charleston. It’s simple but in every way charming, it’s welcoming, the food is remarkable, and the people are polite. So on a recent trip to this beloved city, I went with a list of new places to visit, a good pair walking shoes (because as I’ve learned, Charleston should only be seen by foot or bike), my camera, and my new Claremont bag, which seemed a lot like Charleston: simple and beautiful (and not to mention, practical!)
The daily-curated menu and beautiful, welcoming space at Chez Nous was the perfect way to start the trip. It resonated southern hospitality. Lunch was followed by iced coffees from Black Tap, a stroll around the nearby streets, and the decision that flower boxes and shutters are my new dream home addition. I window shopped on King Street, paid The Preservation Society a visit, and eventually found myself eating a pre-dinner snack: a local-honey cupcake from Sugar Bakeshop. The day ended with a remarkable ’Shellfish Tower' at The Ordinary. Hundreds of pictures were taken and the Claremont never left my side.
After a restful night at the Francis Marion Hotel, a breakfast of shrimp and grits at Husk fueled me for another day of adventure. I strolled from east to west and north to south, leisurely meandering through the quiet streets, taking photos along the way, and falling in love with the colorful homes, the mix of palm trees with live oaks, and the abundance of vines. From the waterfront at the City Marina, to enjoying a highly talked about sandwich from Butcher and Bee, and browsing The Daily, the city began to feel familiar.
Two days full of adventure, and a slew of photos later, my trip came to an end… which is actually just the beginning of many adventures to come with my Claremont in tow.