A century of personalized service at M. Dumas & Sons
Mar 31, 2017
Since 1917, M. Dumas & Sons has proudly served the Charleston community, initially as a purveyor of service uniforms and sporting wear. The store then transitioned into the world of menswear, and over the years has introduced many well-known brands to the Charleston market, including Levi’s Jeans, Barbour, Sperry and Woolrich. The company moved to its iconic location on the corner of King and Society Streets in 1973, where is has remained ever since, completing a $2 million renovation to the space in 2015. In its century of business, M. Dumas & Sons has enjoyed welcoming generations of Charleston families through its doors and hopes to continue providing the highest quality and selection of menswear in the region for the next 100 years.
Join us in toasting to this major milestone on April 20. This date will also be officially recognized as “M. Dumas & Sons Day” by the City of Charleston. Learn more and RSVP.
We recently asked David Dumas to share what it means to his family and team to be celebrating a century in business and what keeps them looking forward.
What has been the driving force for your business?
Our two main pillars have always been listening to our customers and keeping a pulse on the industry so that we are the first to introduce new brands or vendors to the market that we know our customers will appreciate.
Beyond the brick and mortar and physical sales, what is the ‘why’ behind your daily work?
By listening to our customers, our neighbors and our vendor partners we’ve been able to curate and introduce new concepts and brands to the Charleston area. We love building relationships with our customers and being their resource in Charleston for the best quality menswear, whether it’s brands they’ve known forever or new lines they may not be familiar with yet. We pride ourselves on offering a level of personalized service that keeps our neighbors coming back year after year.
Is there a moment that stands out as pivotal for your business?
There are two moments in our more recent past that were important for M. Dumas as a business. In 1971, we moved the business to the corner of King and Society. That put us front and center on one of the best retail streets in America, and in the heart of downtown Charleston. Then ten years ago we expanded to include the 296 King Street address, which broadened our presence on the street and allowed us to offer tailored clothing and in-house, oftentimes same-day, alterations to even further personalize the experience one gets at Dumas.
What are your hopes or goals for your business this year (2017)?
We’re excited to celebrate our 100 year anniversary this year by partnering with other local artisans and organizations in the community, like Lowcountry Local First. We are so grateful for Charleston’s support over the years, and we are excited to have our customers participate in the merriment throughout 2017. Alongside that, we’re simply looking forward celebrating the last 100 years of business here in Charleston and the next 100 years.
What is the best advice you never got as a local business owner that you would pass on to others just starting out?
It’s so important to have a great team. We have been fortunate over the years to have some amazing people working at M. Dumas & Sons and today, our team is stronger than ever. You can’t be a one-person operation and succeed long term. One person doesn’t have all the great ideas, one person can’t do all the things; it takes a great team, and we’re grateful to have that!
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