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New style Portal offers fashionistas a chance to buy, sell, trade “pre-loved” clothes

New style Portal offers fashionistas a chance to buy, sell, trade “pre-loved” clothes
February 2021

Plus, dishing up a side of art



Portal, an upscale resale shop, is now open on Saint Philip Street.

Trade Up

Savvy shoppers can buy, sell, or trade “pre-loved” vintage and designer clothing at downtown’s Portal, opened by Tina Heath-Schuttenberg. The co-owner of the popular Kwei Fei Chinese restaurant began her career in fashion, managing resale stores and later working in merchandising for Zac Posen in New York. Score such offerings as Tom Ford sunglasses and an Opening Ceremony vegan shearling jacket at the resale store. Interested in selling clothing? Schedule an appointment and receive either 30 percent of the sale price or a 50 percent store credit. Later this spring, Portal also will offer clothing rentals. [189 Saint Philip St., portal-chs.com]

The Sweet Life

After closing her Cannon Street storefront last year, Deirdre Colligan has introduced a sweet Candy Shop Vintage cart featuring her whimsical jewelry inside Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant. Find her popular “Charleston Rice Beads” necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, as well as her “candy heart” and “celestial” collections. Customers also can browse the full line of accessories, including one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry and initial charms, on the Candy Shop Vintage website. [916 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant; gwynns.com; candyshopvintage.com]

Art for a Cause

Estadio owner Max Kuller is dishing up a side of art at Gallery Estrella, a contemporary gallery he opened next door to his Cannonborough-Elliotborough tapas bar. The space launched in December with an exhibition by Lorenzo Masnah called “Paper Cuts,” which was inspired by the signs carried by Black Lives Matter protesters. The mission-driven gallery plans to focus on works by underrepresented artists and donate 10 percent of sales to a cause of their choice. Admission is free. [121 Spring St., estrella-chs.com]

Moving Up

The George Gallery has expanded to open its second floor, where there’s exhibition space for hosting visiting art shows, as well as a room dedicated to the work of painter William Halsey and his wife, Corrie McCallum. College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is named in honor of the Holy City native. On the first floor, art aficionados will continue to find the contemporary American and European artists represented by the gallery, which was founded in 2013. [54 Broad St., georgegalleryart.com]