Author: cportillo

How Florence, Italy native Nada Vergili created ‘tours for people who don’t do tours’

Growing up in Florence, Italy, Nada Vergili was just steps away from some of the world’s most iconic spots—and had a front-row seat to a lifestyle overworked and stressed-out Americans want more of. Now her Charlotte-based tour company, Nada’s Italy, located in the heart of Dilworth, is all about sharing that way of life, “la dolce vita,” with people from…

Suit Up: INDOCHINO brings more menswear options to SouthPark

INDOCHINO, a global leader in made-to-measure apparel for men, is the newest arrival in the ranks of the Queen City’s menswear retailers. The 3,000-square-foot “designed by you” showroom opened in late February adjacent to Neiman Marcus in SouthPark Mall.   Every customer who enters gets a personal stylist who helps him design his suit or shirt from countless possible combinations of…

The story behind the city’s latest and greatest newcomer gift baskets (seriously, can locals get them, too?)

Victoria Schweizer is something of a Renaissance woman. She’s worked at a law firm, in derivatives on Wall Street, and in front of the camera in Hollywood. (Chelsea Handler was her boss once—and yes, she’s a little bit crazy.) She’s also an artist with a contemporary, Andy Warhol flair, and owns Vane Gallery in South End. But perhaps the 48-year-old…

Here’s what happened when high fashion met high voltage at the Chinese Lantern Festival

This season’s fashions are all about “maximalism,” about scaling up, not down. So we let two of fall’s most relevant trends—chinoiserie and this season’s it-color, red—take center stage at a high-fashion shoot amid the wondrous shapes and graphic impact of the Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (which ends Oct. 29). Life-size illumination has never been more chic.…

Check out the amazing home bars of 3 couples transforming Charlotte’s drink scene

Amanda Britton & Larry Suggs 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails and SouthBound In late 2015, Larry Suggs thought his girlfriend, Amanda Britton, had found someone else. Every day for more than a week, she made up excuses to leave for hours at a time. What she was really doing: working on the front porch of her twin sister’s Mint Hill…

Baku owner Birdie Yang wants to banish all your ‘sake shots’ misconceptions

Birdie Yang, 33, is a sake evangelist—and he wants to make the rice-based alcoholic beverage a staple in Charlotteans’ dining experiences. Enjoy a meal at one of his four restaurants—Baku, YAMA, Yama Izakaya, and a new YAMA  location coming soon to the new Waverly development—and you can order from one of the largest sake collections in the Southeast, with bottles…

Trend Talk

Tabor’s creative director Scott Newkirk talks Charlotte men’s style and what it’s like going to market to buy for them. As the creative director at Perry Poole’s Tabor—one of the region’s top upscale menswear boutiques—Scott Newkirk, 56, is quietly, subtly shaping the way men in Charlotte dress and shop. Before moving here a year and a half ago, the Jackson,…

Beachside Bliss

At Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater, Fla., the stunning beach and small-town charm make luxuriating easy. There’s a reason Clearwater Beach, Fla. is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the U.S. by everyone from TripAdvisor to USA Today. In 2016, it even edged out Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, for the No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice category. The good…