If I could trade my apartment for a bright white, airy, open space filled with expensive and attractive things, I would do that. And since that’s precisely the space SOCO and Tabor, a combined art gallery and menswear store, have created, I’m going to see if they’ll just let me move in. Will report back.
Southern Comfort Gallery (SOCO) is a contemporary art gallery founded by Chandra Johnson that features artists from around the world with a focus on photography.
Their opening exhibition, Fluid Transition, exudes summer vibes with a collection of work on the transformative qualities of water.
A quick scan of the price list showed pieces ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 so I found myself obviously more at home in their bookstore, which features gorgeous display-worthy books on design, art, music, food, fashion and more.
The patio, which is also being repainted, is a huge selling point for the space, and Chandra sees it being a place where people can come browse, read, hang out and relax. I would add “drink a cocktail” to that list.
On the other side of the refurbished old bungalow is Tabor, a slick menswear shop from Charlotte fashion icon Laura Vinroot Poole whose two other boutiques, Poole Shop and Capitol, have garnered her global attention.
As Adam Rhew (whose style I recommend men emulate) reported in Charlotte Magazine, Tabor carries classic American styles from Ralph Lauren, Steven Alan and Thom Browne.
I brought my boyfriend in to assess the selection and he managed to find his way to some $900 cufflinks that I regret to inform him will definitely not be under the Christmas tree this year. (Clothes seemed to fall in the $200 range.)
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