Charleston Fashion Week sets record economic impact, company says

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The 2013 Charleston Fashion Week boosted the local economy by $2.6 million, according to Baker Motor Company.

      According to a release by the company detailing an analysis of the week-long event, there were more than 184 million media impressions across TV, Internet, radio and print. The release states the average Charleston resident who attended fashion week events spent $500.

      Out-of-town attendees spent an average of $1,200.

      "We are very pleased with the continued success of Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week and the recent survey results reinforce the growing economic impact of the event. We're thankful to the community, our employees, participating retailers, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers for their support, and we look forward to continuing relationships in 2014," said Jed Drew, the president of Gulfstream Communications, which owns and produces CFW, as well as Charleston magazine.

      Drew said the 2014 Charleston Fashion Week was scheduled for March 18-22.