Shop at MatchPoint Market
Date: 4/4/2004

What happens when you combine world-class tennis with upscale boutique shopping? The result is Match Point Market, a new shopping area located within the Family Circle Cup site. Every year the Family Circle Cup provides fans with the most up to date tennis equipment, shoe apparel and tennis clothing. This year the tournament is debuting a new shopping area geared toward products that are not tennis related. Match Point Market will feature 11 vendors in a tented open-air market that will offer a variety of upscale boutiques for patrons to shop during and between matches.

"This new and innovative concept gives us the ability to offer tennis fans the option to shop for quality items other than tennis related merchandise," stated Frankie Whelan, Executive Director of the Family Circle Cup. "Every year we try to add to the overall experience for each fan Match Point Market will be a great addition to the many non-tennis activities that spectators can participate in throughout the site."

These unique merchants will be presenting exquisite non-tennis items such as jewelry, resort wear, fine clothing, spa products, ceramics, and other many other items that have been purchased by a variety of national and international retailers, celebrities, dignitaries, and Hollywood studios. Retailers including Alynn Neckwear, Croghan’s Jewel Box, Gianna Costas San Juan, Gogo Ferguson, Indo-Chic Imports, James Gunn, Inc., Niki Leigh Spa Products, Paige Hathaway Thorn, Pixie Lily, The Hat Cottage, and Vespucci, Ltd. will be on-site presenting their quality merchandise for our valued patrons.

Featured Vendors:

Gogo Ferguson - Jewelry designer who transforms nature into exotic jewelry. From Cumberland Island, Georgia, Gogo's jewelry is sold in galleries and boutiques nationally and internally. She has two stores on Martha's Vineyard, one on Cumberland Island, Georgia, one on Sea Island, Georgia and a gallery in Morocco as well. Gogo has acquired an impressive list of collectors, among them the late John F. Kennedy for whom she designed wedding bands.

Pixie Lily - founded by two Charleston sisters, Leda McIntosh Jackson and Haydon McIntosh Geer. Pixie Lily features fine infant layette clothes made of extra soft cottons and are hand-sewn. The knits are hand loomed, the edging is hand-crocheted and the embroidery is done by hand as well. Wholesaling to Neiman Marcus and Barney's the line is now carried in 300 stores in 35 states and did a quarter of a million in sales last year.

Gianna Costas San Juan - A handbag designer, Gianna grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and now lives in Charleston. Gianna's bags are of classic design and are made of fine fabrics and grosgrain ribbon. While in design school, Gianna interned for designers in London and Singapore. After college Gianna moved to London and worked for Benny Ong, a designer from Singapore whose clothes had adorned the likes of Princess Diana. Gianna now has a retail space in Charleston and has accounts all over the world, including Japan, Hawaii, South America and around the United States

Page Hathaway Thorn - a textile designer, Paige designs pillows, scarves, wraps and quilts of fine silk. Paige has been commissioned by Warner Brothers to make gifts for television stars. Celebrities who own or have worn her products include Cameron Diaz, Jane Seymour, Lynn Redgrave, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Maneheim.

James Gunn, Inc. - a line of resort wear from Savannah, GA, James Gunn features a line of sandals, towels, lounge pants, ribbon belts, cosmetic bags, and sun skirts. James Gunn has been featured in Coastal Living Magazine, Redbook and Glamour.

Vespucci, Ltd. - Katrina Steel designs her own line of quality hand painted Italian Ceramics. Her designs range from patterns of the classic fruits from Tuscany to tropical foliage, to platters and serving pieces in fanciful sea shapes to create a nautical look in cobalt blue & white. Katrina wholesales to fine retail shops across the United States.

Alynn Neckware - is featuring a line of exclusive silk “occasional” tie designs and travel kits for men. Alynn neckwear specializes in conversational & themed neckties such as sailboats, flamingos, decoys, and golf clubs.

Niki Leigh Spa Products - Founded by Robin Berlinsky of Charleston, Niki Leigh Spa Products are high quality hand made bath & body products. Creatively packaged in hatboxes with feather boas and starfish, Robin’s products were recently given as gifts to all SAG award nominees and has been featured in Parents Magazine. Robin donates 25% of her proceeds to the newly opened Charleston Children’s Museum. Sharing a booth with: The Hat Cottage - The Hat Cottage just opened on King Street in Charleston and features straw hats from Anne Moore from Nantucket and Peter Beaton. What a fun item to wear watching Family Circle Cup tennis while sipping a cool drink!

Indo-Chic Imports - Suzy Abuza will be introducing to the Charleston market her line of classic silk jackets for ladies. Indo-Chic Imports specializes in over sixty trunk and benefit shows each year throughout the Eastern, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southern states. Indo-Chic has earned a reputation for designing attractively priced, casually elegant silk clothes. The line spans a spectrum of colors and designs that compliment a variety of shapes, sizes and ages.

Croghans Jewel Box - Croghan’s has been a local Sponsor of the Family Circle Cup for four years. From the latest California designers, to beautiful European antique jewelry, Croghan’s Jewel Box is a stop you don’t want to miss while at the Family Circle Cup. A selection of Longines watches, sterling silver frames, and unique tennis gifts will make shopping a pleasure. Croghan’s Jewel Box has been serving Charlestonians and visitors for over four generations at 308 on wonderful King Street


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