Made South: A Catalyst of Craftsmen

Made South Market in Nashville Tennessee

I’m not here to tell you that the south is better than any other area or culture (…though it is. I’m here to tell you I’m really sarcastic). BUT REALLY I’m here to tell you how the south creates value and stands out creating its own beautiful culture. - If you and your family have roots in the south likely your dad or at least your grandpa was a jack of all trades. He could fix anything from your car engine to your plumbing. And your mom and/or grandma handmade the cute little suits you wore ...
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Spit Shine Man Goods

It was almost two years ago when I discovered a new brand of men’s neck ties. I had just moved to Charleston and was attending a pop-up shop for my now-friend, Erik from J. Stark. I literally only knew a few people at this point, and didn’t know what to expect from the event. To my surprise, I walked up the stairs to the second story of a packed hair salon on King Street and was blown away by the amount of people, but more importantly, the product! Erik showcased some incredible leather goods ...
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Side Project Skateboards (SPS) is a growing brand and a name that is starting to get some well-deserved recognition, becoming a finalist in Martha Stewart's American Made award. The man behind the brand is Jake Eshelman, a hardworking, creative entrepreneur who has a knack for quality and hand made goods. SPS features vintage-style skateboards that are hand-crafted (by Jake himself) in Houston, Texas. The boards make a nice display piece for your wall, but provide an even better experience ...
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The craftsman movement going on right now is absolutely amazing. I'm starting to see a generation of people who are getting back to the basics and making things with their hands (or supporting people who do), whether it be clothes, accessories, bags, or anything really. It's encouraging to see so many people care about investing in one quality item versus having hundreds of poor quality items. Founded earlier this year by Erik Holmberg, J. Stark in Charleston, SC is no exception. From the ...
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Give an Old Necktie a Second Chance

Neckties are an essential piece of a man's wardrobe. If you don't own one, you should probably stop reading this and head to the store (or check out The Tie Bar). But if you're like most guys it's likely you already own a few. Also, if you're like many guys, you own a outdated tie (or two) that you assume you'll never wear again. It has been permanently retired to the back of drawer somewhere. But you can't bring yourself to scrap it because, well, you still love it. The only problem is that ...
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