Spartina 449 Video

Spartina 449 is one of the fastest growing companies in South Carolina & the U.S. Their line of handbags, jewelry, scarves and other accessories are all inspired by Daufuskie Island in SC. The brand has been featured in national magazines like People Stylewatch, US Weekly, Redbook Magazine, Inc. 500 & Forbes.

For their Fall / Winter Collection, Spartina 449 handpicked Lara Lill to model the new line of products, like their new “Quilted” handbag series. The Lills Design went behind the scenes on Daufuskie Island to capture the photo shoot and create a video for Spartina 449. See the video we created below:

We boarded the charming Haig Point Ferry at 6:30am, landed on historic Daufuskie Island (only 8 miles long and with only 250 residents) and spent the day bouncing to different beautiful locations.

The island is private, rustic and a perfect example of island living in the Carolinas. There isn’t a road or bridge connecting the island to the main land, so we traveled by golf cart from Haig Point to the beautiful fountain and enjoyed being lifted to other areas of the island, like the equestrian facility & beach, by an electric-run VW bus.

We had a great time exploring the island and enjoyed hearing some of the Daufuskie stories that inspire the Spartina 449 brand. For their Fall line they offered a handbag called “Mary Lavinia”, another “Stoddard Houndstooth”. Mary was a true person, who lived on Daufuskie in a house called Melrose Mansion with her stylish beau, Jon Stoddard. Each piece creatively showcases the island, it’s heritage & sophistication. For more info visit

See some photographs by Mark Staff featuring the Spartina 449 Fall Line (Click the photos to enlarge):

Many thanks to Spartina449!

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CH2 Magazine Local Marketing Geniuses | The Lills Design

It’s been a wild ride these last nine years! We met in Connecticut in 2005 and a month later we moved to South Carolina to begin our first design company, hand-screen printing original artwork on organic tees. We worked in sales together, jumped to NYC for some eye-opening advertising perspective, bounced to Florida for some priceless life lessons and made it full circle back to SC in 2010, where we said “I Do” and began The Lills Design.

Through every adventure, challenge and experience, we learned something vital to our life and ability to create. As The Lills, we discovered together, our endless opportunity to unite and create positive imagery, good energy and inspirational messages through our work and life.

CH2 | Celebrate Hilton Head Magazine | Marketing Geniuses | The Lills Design | Lara & Alex Lill

We’re excited to announce our first publication, spotlighting Local Marketing Geniuses in CH2 Magazine. Celebrate Hilton Head is a monthly magazine that showcases Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the Lowcountry. See the issue here!

Many thanks to CH2 Magazine!

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Design Work & Video for Plums Restaurant in Beaufort, SC

Plums Restaurant has been a local staple in Beaufort, SC since 1986. They’re known for their lowcountry creative cuisine and waterfront dining. They work with local seafood purveyors and family farms to bring fresh ingredients to their ever-changing menu.

There are many restaurants on famous Bay Street, but many of them have lacked branding, marketing and professional web design over the years. Locals know their favorite Beaufort bites, but tourists rely on smartphones and searching online to find good places to eat during their stay. It was our job to set Plums Restaurant apart from the rest online and in living color…and we were excited to do so!

Seeing as Plums offers a casual spot to dine in Beaufort, we wanted the new brand and website to reflect their fun and flare. We created and incorporated custom graphic elements that we continue to use on marketing material, photographed and edited delicious menu items to show viewers what’s in store and created an incredible video showing local oyster harvesting and the crazy-beautiful process that brings fresh oysters to Plums. Take a look at some of our design work for Plums Restaurant in Beaufort, SC:

Web Design | Beaufort SC | Plums Restaurant | The Lills Design

Every month we pop into Plums Restaurant and work with chefs to photograph the incredible dishes they offer. See some of our food photography and graphic design work for Beaufort’s prime dining spot:

One of our favorite moments was standing outside the front door of Plums, watching some friendly tourists enjoy looking through the To-Go menus and walk in to eat. See the To-Go Menu we created:

Beaufort Graphic Design | Plums Restaurant To-Go Menu | Beaufort SC | The Lills Design

Watch local seafood purveyor Sea Eagle Market, harvest oysters from the Beaufort River, bringing the most fresh seafood to Plums Restaurant:

If you live in Beaufort or nearby, there’s no excuse to have not eaten at Plums. If you’ve never been to the little seaside town, travel through and stop by Plums Restaurant for a great meal by the lowcountry water.


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