Archive for September, 2017

Landscape of Style

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Photograph by Paul Mehaffey; hair and make-up by Desireé Roberts; sweater courtesy of designer, Allyson Ansusinha

In autumn, the bend of the light changes. Nights become longer and cooler, colors shift from green to yellow to auburn. We mirror what we see, donning jackets and boots, layer upon layer, drawing closer and more reflective as the days turn inward. The seasons alter our feelings, priorities, and interests, just as the Earth responds to our presence in it.

Style is more than material, and October is more than cinnamon brooms and pumpkin spice lattes. In summer, we wear what we can. In fall, we wear what we want. Our style feature “Ends of the Earth” showcases elements of fashion—layers, textures, colors—as reflections of the changing features of our landscape. In this issue, we pay homage to this dynamic season that burns and twists in the wind, celebrating retailers, curators, and crafters of great style and design, many of whom call Greenville their native home, and whose reach extends far beyond our city limits.

We often miss what’s right in front of us. Some call it farsightedness, others our blind spot. The closest things are often overlooked. We tend to see with our mind’s eye, through the lens of our preferences or what we believe is best. Sometimes it’s difficult to take in the magnitude of what’s beside us.

But there is no need to go far to find your place—or exceptional style. It’s right under your feet. All you have to do is look.

 

Behind-the-scenes of our annual fall style shoot with model Addie McBryde and photo assistant Justin Nix.

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Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief

Twitter / Instagram: @LBKNOBEL

That’s an Idea

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photo by Chelsey Ashford

In November 7, 1997, Carl Sobocinski hit gold. That day, his eponymous restaurant Soby’s opened in a former shoe store on Main Street. At the time, the Westin Poinsett Hotel was dilapidated and boarded up, and walking in that area of downtown was a questionable prospect at best. There was no trolley, no bookstore, no tables for shooting the breeze. But Sobocinski loved the building and the art of hospitality and knew he wanted a restaurant—right there.

Today, nearly 20 years after its opening, Soby’s is the flagship of Sobocinski’s restaurant empire Table 301. It is arguably Greenville’s most known restaurant, turning out fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, and fried chicken in a classic brick building that feels both warm and refined, approachable yet upscale. Carl himself could be described this way, one of the most charming and down-to-earth CEOs you’ll ever meet—easy with a smile and intentional gaze.

What unifies people who make things, change things, shift things for the better? It isn’t only insight. It isn’t just creativity. Sure, these are necessary and present in varying degrees. But the thing that unites such change-makers is defiance. A willingness to pursue goals, to push in a new direction despite obstacles. Why take a chance on a building in an area rife with crime and virtually no foot traffic? Because Carl Sobocinski understands that risk is the rub, and the edge offers the best view.

Sometimes, an idea nags until we can no longer ignore it. Change begins within us, as it began in Carl and the other visionaries presented in our annual People Issue. They could’ve smothered the drive, the desire to shift. Instead, they nurtured their ideas with care, shelter, and sustenance.

Our city, like all cities, is organic, in motion, shifting and pulsing and morphing each day. It is alive because we are alive. Change literally happens overnight, if we wish to acknowledge it. These individuals, and the people before them, have made Greenville what it is. What will it be tomorrow?

Artist Sunny Mullarkey McGowan rolls the ink onto her block for this issue’s cover. For more on Sunny and her work, click here.

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Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief

Twitter / Instagram: @LBKNOBEL