Gwen is a South Carolina native who had her heart stolen in Milan. Ladies' fine Italian shoes were the culprit and before long, vacation had become vocation.
Leveraging a background in international shipping, Gwen launched an Italian shoe boutique in the capital city of her home state in 2012. As the exclusive United States' retailer of the most sought after Italian designers such as Cesare Paciotti, Ballin, Luis Onofre, Le Babe, A. Bottega, Antonio Barbato and Gianni Marra, Gwen is proud to extend the brands that shaped her own style to women throughout the Southeast and is excited to be part of Columbia's cultural transformation.
From heels, pumps, mules and flats, to clutches and totes, Gwen offers Columbia shoppers a range of styles and colors to suit the most sophisticated of palates.
Gwen most recently served as a judge at the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Competition as well as serving as a judge in the 2013 Miss North Carolina-USA pageant as well as the 2014 Miss Alabama-USA pageant.
In 2014, she was honored by the mayor of Columbia with the key to the city and was voted “Best Women’s Shoe Store” by the readers of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine and Columbia Living Magazine. Gwen’s boutique was also featured in an advertising campaign for the South Carolina Ports Authority.
South Carolina native Shanola Hampton visited the boutique last year and wore Gwen Rawls
shoes while in Columbia, SC for the premier of her movie, Things Never Said
With a combination of fashion know how, business sense and a feel for the needs of her customers, Gwen has swiftly built a reputation among local residents as a retailer who invests in her community.