Whether we ran into one another in Charleston at New Year's or New York during Fashion Week, whether the subject was fashion or politics, Charles always had a definite opinion and a keen wit. And yes, he also had his own tales of being copied, including one involving a particular Ellen Tracy jacket with a shoulder that had taken seemingly infinite iterations to get just right -- the mark of a designer who wouldn't rest until his clients were both comfortable and stylish. In Charles' invitingly furnished boutique, the eclectic mix of books and clothing was always a reminder that in his world every woman's best feature is (or should be) her mind, and that style is a reflection of inner beauty. He will be greatly missed.
Counterfeit Chic's thoughts and prayers are with Andy Tobias and the rest of Charles' family.