We may or may not have gone to the grand opening of Reclaimed DesignWorks because the owners were purported to be two very handsome gentlemen with an equally attractive shop. Of course, we were also intrigued by what exactly they sold at 132 East Bay St.; we understood they offered "antique wood," but needed to know more.
Greeted with a warm smile from Reclaimed collaborator Capers Cauthen, we were poured a glass of wine and shown around the space. It looked like what we would imagine the hulls of an antique ship would look like — with better lighting. While the gathering was sparsely attended when we dropped in, the crowd included some rather influential PR and media minds, which makes us think this shop will have no problem getting the good word out about their offerings.
We trudged through the rain in our best heels on Wednesday to meet Page Six staple Tinsley Mortimer at the Hampden Clothing cocktail party held in her honor — if you aren't familiar with her name, then you probably haven't been keeping up with the NYC gossip pages. Hampden owner Stacy Smallwood, hosted the fête, along with Leapfrog PR, to celebrate Mortimer's newly penned novel, Southern Charm. The book's main character, Minty Davenport, is from Charleston, so the peninsula was a natural stop for the author's book tour. While we didn't get to quiz the socialite on why she chose our city for her heroine's background, she was gracious enough to pose for pictures and sign novels.
Wearing a bright pink lace one-shouldered dress, Mortimer matched the color of her book cover. While we missed the memo that pink was "the" color for the party, Lauren Lail looked perfectly posh in her repurposed cotton-candy-hued frock from her shop, Library Vintage. Another trend for the evening was the prevalence of Balboa/Jane Pope Jewelry from designer Jane Pope Cooper; many of the ladies in attendance were decked out in her baubles. Fashion editors, bloggers, and bow-tie designers mingled with Mortimer, sipping the signature cocktail for the evening, the "Minty Julep" from Squeeze Bar.
On Friday, we headed to Art for Charity, a unique event that allows local nonprofit organizations to utilize the wealth of art in the Michael Mitchell Gallery to pull in potential patrons to raise funds for their organizations. This time around, Friends of MUSC Children's Hospital were the recipients of the proceeds. For a mere $10 suggested donation, those in attendance not only got to take in the massive collection of local art, but they were also treated to a musical performance by Lee Barbour and Ron Wiltrout. Spanish Vines, Holy City Brewery, and O-Ku provided the food and drinks for the event, keeping the crowds happy as they contemplated a new art purchase. It was a calm crowd, quietly conversing and checking into the gallery before heading out elsewhere on Upper King, pleased that their pre-dinner drinks came with a side of charity. —Erin Perkins