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Fashion Week brings more than just fashion to the city of Charleston

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2.4 million dollars. That is the amount Charleston Fashion Week brings in. The crowds come early and spend tons - whether shopping in local stores or staying in local hotels - Charleston Fashion Week has a far reach.

Archie Burkel has never missed a week since the inception of Fashion Week in 2007. Top Hat of the Charleston Hat Ladies, she says, "What people should realize is it is not just these four to five days. It's the ripple effect of not only our reputation - but the shops on King Street, the businesses, the Art Institute - there are so many things that have benefited, that it is just one of the most powerful new things that has come to our city."

As more and more flock to the tents of Marion Square, the reach goes far wider...and into the city itself. "The hotels are packed, the restaurants are packed, the nightlife just comes to life, there is shopping galore, and the retailers do pretty good during this week, so I think it has a really powerful impact on the city as a whole," says Misty Lister, Marketing Director of Charleston Fashion Week.

With each year, that is more visitors, more money, and more recognition for Charleston as a leading fashion city. "it is bigger every year, more tents and more people," says third time attendee Sarah Frierson, "I've looked at other fashion shows in cities our same size and it is not as great as it is here."

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