Editors Letter

Something about Kiawah you can’t quite put your finger on. Yes, the Island has world-class golf courses, top-notch restaurants, and luxurious seaside swimming pools. And the best-of lists rank Kiawah as a top place to live, to visit. But there’s more—something deep and seductive that draws you in for keeps.

Kiawah land planner Mark Permar once said that “man’s relationship with nature is about mystery and exploration.” That is the magic of Kiawah. The weight of the sultry Southern air, the smell of the earthy maritime forest, the warm Atlantic breeze at sunrise—it can’t be qualified.

The allure lies in the native, preserved landscape. Under the thoughtful guidance of people like Permar, and organizations like the Architectural Review Board and the Kiawah Conservancy, Kiawah remains fairly wild. Bobcats still roam and native plants thrive because of the deep convictions and foresight of these dedicated stewards.

In this issue of Legends I’ve sought to capture the lifestyle, the culture, and the vibrant community of this lovely sea island, but also to celebrate the deep and inherent love of nature, of all things mysterious.

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Our Team

  • Hailey Wist received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and graduate degree from Georgetown University. She is a native of San Diego, California but has lived in Charleston for the last eight years. She has a persistent passion for topics of community networks and social capital. Hailey loves to travel, write, and surf. She is currently working on her fifth issue of Legends Magazine.


  • Amy Pastre and Courtney Rowson joined in 2009 to create Stitch Design Co.—an award-winning, full-service graphic design company. Stitch uses design to create solutions for clients throughout the South and across the country within arts & culture, fashion, food, consulting, design, publishing and advertising. The company was recently named Best Small Firm by HOW magazine’s Best Work Awards.


  • Sunny Gray is the CFO of the DIG SOUTH Interactive Festival. Also a mother of two, copy editor for Legends Magazine, serial entrepreneur and former business owner and publisher of the Little Black Book for Every Busy Woman, Sunny’s entire life is a grand, interactive adventure. A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Sunny majored in journalism and English and continues to scrutinize words and obsess over comma usage, usually with a cup of coffee in hand.

  • Nathan Durfee has garnered notoriety across the Southeast for his captivating, pop-surrealist narratives and intriguing use of color. Currently based in Charleston, South Carolina, Durfee has been heralded as the Best Local Visual Artist by Charleston City Paper for the past four years. Durfee’s solo gallery exhibitions has also been met with critical acclaim and profiled in American Art Collector, Charleston Art and Charleston Scene magazines. His art, including oil paintings, ink drawing and digital illustrations, can be viewed at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina.


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