Behind Charleston Design Gem Fritz Porter’s Big Move


Four different pink patterned wallpaper samples

Photo: John Englefield; Styling: Katrin Cargill

When designer Sarah-Hamlin Hastings debuted Fritz Porter in 2015, she gave Charlestonians design resources they previously had to drive hours to find. This past fall, Hastings resolved to double down on her trade-centric customer base, rebooting Fritz Porter as a designer-exclusive, appointment-only showroom with a bonus perk: in-house design services for retail consumers.

Fritz Porter’s revamped concept coincided with its November move to a 5,000-square-foot space at the Navy Yard, alongside impressive neighbors like Benjamin Paul Studio and The Urban Electric Co. Here, Hastings can better curate and emphasize her stable of 40 special textile brands, several of them new.

“We like to work with artisans and companies that have a strong, cohesive vision,” shares Hastings, who recently welcomed Liberty London, Fanny Shorter, Ceraudo and Jean Monro. In tandem with hand-selected antiques and stocked accessories key for completing a beautifully designed room, Hastings will ramp up custom furniture offerings and introduce private-label custom rugs this spring.