CHARLOTTE, N.C. Greenville, South Carolina-based retailing company Southern Tide has done nothing but grow over the last four years. Now, the maker of high-end clothing and accessories is getting some recognition for it.

Forbes Magazine released its list of the Top 100 Most Promising private companies in America on Wednesday, and no other full apparel company in the country was higher than Southern Tide at number 27. Most of the success has come under the wings of Chief Executive Officer and Charlotte native Jim Twining.

It s a great recognition for a lot of hard work by a lot of people, said Twining, who employs 29 people at the company s headquarters.

A 1976 graduate of West Charlotte High School, Twining learned how to run a business at UNC Charlotte where he earned a Business Administration degree. After time spent running a software business and later his own consulting firm, Twining joined Southern Tide in December of 2007, just eight months after the company shipped its first product.

Now, upscale polo shirts, khaki pants, sweaters and more are found in more than 500 stores across 42 states. Twining and founder Allen Stephenson -- who dropped out of the University of South Carolina to start the business in 2006 -- have doubled revenues this year.

The company had an incredible product and was in its infancy (when I started), Twinning said. We ve doubled our business six times in four years. You keep doubling and it s pretty good.

Twining said he thinks he can triple revenues in the next three to four years. Much of the company s business is done online, and social media marketing has helped spread word about Southern Tide, which has grown from 12,000 Facebook fans in July of 2010 to 62,000 currently.

With annual revenue topping $6.2 million according to Forbes, Twining knows he still has a lot of work to do.

We re not trying to be the biggest, or the cheapest or the most expensive.

While Southern Tide products are not the most expensive, they are certainly up there. A men s classic polo goes for $75 plus shipping online, and a V-neck sweater is $115.

Twining said he loves the Carolinas and still travels to Charlotte every six or eight weeks to see family and do business.

Being based in the southeast fits in really well for us for two reasons. There is a lot of experience in the southeast in the textile industry, and the classic-type clothing we design...has a very strong following in the southeast.

Shoppers can find Southern Tide products at seven locations in and around the Charlotte area, including at the SouthPark Mall.

Our overall long term goal is very clear. We want to have the highest brand loyalty of any brand in the U.S. That s our long term vision of this company.

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