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and journals, olive wood cutting boards and serving pieces, men’s fashion, leather desk accessories and, finally, women’s fashion. This is not department store Italian fashion—it’s more authentic. The store carries lux- urious cashmere shawls and one or two pieces from a handful of talented Italian designers. The Hidden Countship is the only place in the United States where you can buy clothing by designers such as Maria Luisa Scrivani and handbags by Frederico Price. The della Portas are not


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merely agents for these Italian artisans; they’re patrons. On frequent trips to Tuscany and Umbria, they personally check on the craftsmen they repre- sent. In true Italian fashion, the couple has always been more concerned with relationships and preserving tradition than they are about profit. “Our busi- ness is really about friendships,” Donatella says.


Indeed it is. As the della Portas celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Hidden Countship, they are surprised to find that their boutique has become much more than a store. Today, the pink house at 21 Burns Lane is a critical, and ebullient, cultural hub for Italian travelers, expats, dignitaries and the Americans who love them. “It is much more than a store,” Donatella says. “It’s a meeting point.”


California Closets creates custom storage solutions for every room in your home. Visit our showroom or call today to arrange your complimentary in-home design consultation.


Showroom: 704 S Shelmore Blvd, Mt Pl, SC 29464 843.762.7980 californiaclosets.com


Italian culture has had a welcome presence in Charleston for many years, starting with Spoleto Festival USA in 1977 and expanding with the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival in 2006. In January, Charleston’s bond with Italy became even stronger with the inception of the Charleston branch of the Dante Alighieri Society, one of


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