Southern Fashion Powerhouse

Stephanie Carter sure is one busy lady. As the founder of Southern Fashion House, Carter heads multiple design ventures, including retail boutique DejaVu and several iconic clothing lines. Carter’s development of her signature bold, feminine style began at an early age in Brundidge, Alabama, but it wasn’t until she found herself on the beaches of the Florida Panhandle that her first clothing brand – Judith March – became a reality. Her ability to encapsulate the bold colors of the coast with feminine details from Carter’s southern youth quickly became popular with women of [... more]

How to be a Stylish Man

It may just be us, but some of the clothes we see on the runway these days seem to be nothing more than explosions of ridiculousness. And quite frankly, we would like to see more examples of classic style without all the hype. Mr. Porter is one of the most well-renowned resources for men’s style choices, which is why we think The Manual for a Stylish Life: Volume 2 is the style outlet for the modern man. The kind of guy who goes to work, and out [... more]

More Than Just Good Looks

Simply put, Sid Mashburn does it all. From tailored suits to pajamas, this Southern brand from Atlanta, Georgia is one you can’t overlook. Their mission is to be more than the place a man buys a great new sport shirt and pair of socks; they are here to help men reclaim a lost world style plus sophisticated service. “Our inspiration draws from Gordon Parks and Steve McQueen, from Charlie Feathers to Belle & Sebastian, from the 1971 BMW 3.0CS to the BMW 5 diesel station wagon — a fresh interpretation of [... more]

Recycled Refashion

Eco-friendly clothing design doesn’t have to be just about creating new clothes from sustainable materials and production methods. The other side of the same coin is essentially (and stylishly) vintage:  recycling and upcycling existing fashion. Sass Brown’s book, ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials, takes an in-depth look at innovative design that seeks to counteract ‘throw-away’ clothing culture. Refashioned features 46 international designers who work with discarded items and recycled materials in order to create new, valuable pieces. We’re excited to see Alabama design company, Alabama Chanin, [... more]

HUCKSTRAPS: More Bang for Your Belt

We got the chance to talk to Dustin Vann, a Southern entrepreneur that is bringing new life to fashion. One of problems Vann saw in the fashion industry was how boring belts were, so he hit the drawing board and came up with HUCKSTRAPS. “I started researching and kind of dreaming about, you know, if I could make a belt - what would the perfect belt for me be? So I started brainstorming different materials, different looks, but I knew we didn’t really need to reinvent the belt, cause [... more]

Squishy Seating

Most of the time, when it comes to furniture, we have to choose between chic and comfort. No one wants something utterly boring, but if you go with the uncomfortable beauty, you’re stuck with a chair you don’t actually want to sit in.   Lucky for us, New Colony Furniture kept this in mind when designing their innovative wooden chairs.  They may look like high-end pieces of designer furniture - and they’re even made of materials that sound horribly rigid, like cement and Swarovski crystals – but each chair is [... more]

Blo the Whistle

Beginning as a passion for collecting vintage whistles, designer Allison Stackpole’s Blo Vintage whistle jewelry line combines style, history, and personal protection. Having been given a safety whistle by her mother when she first went to college, Stackpole became intrigued with the antique history of whistles and how that could be expressed through fashion. In tandem with the eco-fashion movement of upcycling, each necklace is created with an individual and non-replicated whistle or harmonica piece. Blo Vintage is made up of five separate collections representing different styles and emotional [... more]

Red, White, and Blue for You

Festive holidays can always be a bit tricky to dress for:  you can choose to don your finest themed apparel – and run the risk of looking like a five-year-old - or not dress up at all and run the risk of looking out of place when everyone else is red, white, and blue-in’ it up.  If only there were a happy medium, right? This weekend, embrace a festive outfit without feeling too cheesy and childish. The key to the perfect 4th of July outfit is to choose two colors to focus [... more]

LEONA Love

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]

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]

A Better Way to Wallet

Few men give serious consideration to the front-pocket wallet, but when the cards and receipts and all those Benjamins start stacking up, sitting down can be uncomfortable and cause you to be lopsided, which leads to back pain. The front-pocket wallet takes care of all of those problems by simplifying the piece and moving it to the front. While working to create the perfect billfold, leather craftsman Michael Stricklin from Opelika, Alabama, designed the Loyal Stricklin Front Pocket Wallet ($89) using tan Chromexcel horsehide, tan stitching, and [... more]

Family & Fashion

Denim geniuses and real-life couple Carrie and Matt Eddmenson built their fashion and lifestyle brand, Imogene + Willie, to honor their eight grandparents, two of whom provide the brand’s name. Drawing inspiration from the dedication and hard work Carrie and Matt saw in their grandparents’ lives, the Nashville, Tennessee-based clothing company strives to produce functional, durable, and comfortable products—notably their fantastically crafted jeans for both men and women—made with love and compassion. It’s heartwarming and refreshing to see a design team so rooted in family values and [... more]

Read Wall, the New Brooks Brothers

Right after graduating from college in 2009, Washington, DC, native Read Wall started a one-for-one fashion line called Read’s Clothing Project where he donated a book to a child in need for every product sold. His line, which he renamed Read Wall, has grown by leaps and bounds, but customers can still choose the book they want to give with each purchase. Without trying to reinvent the wheel, the line strives to make preppy staples for men that can be worn over and over again. In an [... more]

Rock and Roll Chair

German furniture designer Markus Krauss created the perfect seating to enjoy with your loved ones. The Sway is a visually light rocking chair whose unique design allows for multiple seating arrangements, including a lounge chair for one or a chair for two or three. Handmade with a powder-coated steel frame and a padded and upholstered cushion, the Sway features a patented “telescope” mechanism that locks it into a stationary position. But be warned: This type of ingenuity isn’t cheap. The flexible chair will run you more than [... more]

Home to High Fashion

Miami’s Design District is known for creative and innovative fashion, fantastic shopping, and exciting art and dining options. But a fierce, new tenant adds to the allure. Delpozo, the famous Spanish label, chose the venue as the site of its first flagship store in the United States. With about 2,500 square feet, the shop boasts wall-to-wall fashions designed by the label’s creative director Josep Font. Not that you need it, but the opening of this haute couture brand is just one more reason to visit the Miami [... more]

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