Lauren Leonard began her career in fashion at the young age of 16, and now designs one of the fastest-growing contemporary labels in fashion today, LEONA. This Southern designer defines her line as “cool, modern, classic and transitional,” incorporating simple and sensible pieces that fit the Southern lifestyle with a sense of “city chic.”  With pieces seen in Lucky and Elle magazines, and celebrity fans, such as Taylor Swift and Giuliana Rancic, she’s clearly doing something right.  Based out of Nashville, TN, as well as New York, [... more]

Nice Socks

The owners of Nice Laundry wanted high-quality socks at a low price, so they cut out the middleman and started making their own. Cuff tension, heel pocket depth, fine raw materials and a shrink-resistant final product are some of the things that they had in mind when they began designing, and the results feel as good as they sound. There are a few special things about this brand. First, it offers a recycling option for your old socks. You can send them in and they’ll salvage what they [... more]

Switch to Strapless

While large handbags and totes are great for carrying your entire life around with you on a daily basis, they often become cumbersome during an active summer day. Instead of the heavy bag half your body size, reach for a lightweight clutch that fits easily in your hand or tucked under your arm. Clare V.’s Foldover Clutch is just large enough to hold your essentials without becoming clunky, and comes in a large variety of colors and leathers. Whether a casual sporty stripe, sassy animal print or dressed-up [... more]

Stand Out From the Pack

Guys don’t have nearly as many options as women when it comes to carrying their stuff around. There’s the business briefcase, the sporty backpack, the utilitarian messenger bag, and…that’s about it. The San Francisco-based company Everlane combines the function of a backpack with the utilitarian style of a messenger bag with its casual chic Twill Snap Backpack ($65). Relatively small in size, this backpack will hold all of your necessary day-to-day and travel needs without being bulky or cumbersome. As a brand, Everlane designs and produces its [... more]

Flea Market Fly

If and when you get the itch to window shop or browse the aisles of your local flea market, do it in style and comfort. We love the color combination of J. Crew’s coral-orange Gilded Brocade Shorts and Ann Mashburn’s olive-green Silk Camp Shirt, accented with splashes of turquoise jewelry for even extra pop.  Tie the look together with a leather cross body bag, like the Borda Belt Bag by Patricia Nash, and a sandal with a sturdy heel idea for a day spent bargain hunting for [... more]

The Last Bag You’ll Ever Buy

You can count on using luggage for the rest of your life, so it makes sense to get bags that look timeless and will last forever. Emil Erwin, a Nashville, Tennessee-based leather and canvas goods company, patterns, cuts, sews, and assembles each bag by hand in its studio. The brand’s shoulder bags beautifully hold your laptop, lunch, work files, and whatever else you feel like putting in them. They’ll cause the grumpy old guy at the office to do a double take, but decades down the road [... more]

Keeping Up With The Hamiltons

A lot happened in Texas in 1883. The state hosted what some believe was the world’s very first rodeo; The University of Texas was founded; and the Hamilton family started making fine shirts for men. The company adopted the motto “quality above all” and has stood by that statement for more than a century. Unlike mass-produced products, each Hamilton Shirt begins with a roll of fabric pulled off the shelf of the brand’s single, pristine Texas workshop. The fabric is hand-cut and constructed from start to finish, [... more]

Wrist Luxury

Cufflinks are a status symbol, and the men’s fashion brand Alice Made This fits more luxury in each of their finely crafted pieces than seems possible. Alice Made This uses methods similar to those employed in making aerospace components, with giant machines etching away at rods of the highest quality metals, including stainless steel, brass, and copper, to produce these intricate accessories. The brand’s non-metal cufflinks are slowly and meticulously woven to ensure consistency and quality, resulting in beautiful, flowerlike knots that will subtly remind your friends [... more]

Afternoon Wedding

June means wedding season, so you’ll need to dress the part. Attending the marriage celebration of a friend or family member offers the opportunity to dress up a little, and also play with fresh color and patterns! Roberto Cavalli’s brightly colored dress uses mirror symmetry to produce a lovely floral pattern perfect for summer. Its modest neck and hem lines suit the occasion, and ensure that you won’t steal too much attention from the happy couple. Accent the look with gold accessories and a coordinating statement clutch [... more]

Hat Trick

A hat is like a moustache: If you notice it right away, it probably looks bad on you. It’s an accessory that some people pull off flawlessly, while others wish a strong gust of wind would blow it into a puddle so they would have a reason to get rid of it. The first step in the hunt for a good hat is finding the type that suits your head and style; we’ve picked a few to get you started. A baseball-inspired classic, the six-panel hat looks [... more]

Don’t Be a Hazard

No one gives you a jersey for golf, so you’re in charge of the image of your one-man team. We’ve seen that freedom get out of hand with clashing bright colors and players just trying to make a statement, so we toned it down to let our swing do the talking. But note: “Toned down” doesn’t have to mean boring. A flat cap from Tom Morris perfectly accents a simple striped polo and solid pants. Round out the look with a streamlined glove from G/FORE and some [... more]

Father’s Day Makeover

This Father’s Day, update your dad’s style with products from the always stylish and sophisticated Billy Reid. If your father spends hours at the office or days traveling for business, invest in some quality accessories that will help him look and feel more put together on hectic days. The Cordovan Portfolio ($245) keeps Dad organized so he’ll have everything he needs, from documents to his iPad, in one leather-encased place. The perfect carry-on for business flights, the Cordovan Workbag ($595) is roomy enough to store not only a laptop and that handy portfolio, but also a toiletry [... more]

Slim and Trim

Chunky statement watches adorn the wrists of many women these days, but the oversized cases and thick steel bands aren’t always practical. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Katherine Watch ($175-$250) boasts a much smaller size without losing an ounce of style. Sporting a square case, this delicate timepiece features a sunray-finish dial and the Marc logo, with each letter of the word denoting the quarter hour. It comes in a range of color options and your choice of either a leather or stainless steel band so you [... more]

Threading It Old School

Add some subtle texture and interesting history to your wardrobe with this fabric that has its roots in a barn on the Virginia countryside. The men that make this “modified herringbone” fabric came upon the textile design by accident one day when they were goofing off with the 100-year-old loom. After looking at what they thought was a mistake, they realized they liked it and The Hill-Side has made a whole collection out of the beautiful happenstance. Scarves and ties are available in the collection now, but [... more]

Simple Sandal

Minimalism rules the fashion industry these days, and that’s not exclusive to women’s style. Take Bally’s sandals for men. With their simple structure and subtle and sporty iconic accent stripe, these leather sandals embrace the minimalist trend while still remaining functional and stylish. The soft calf leather and rubber soles provide the ultimate level of comfort for vacations spent at the beach or touring the countryside, or as your daily casual shoe during the summer. Pair with shorts or chinos rolled at the ankle for a casual cool look that will transition [... more]