Second Annual Made in the South Awards

by Haskell Harris, Elizabeth Hutchison and T. Edward Nickens - Dec 2011/Jan 2012

The 2011 award winners prove the best things are made in Dixie


Photographs Stacy Newgent

Ledbury; Richmond, VA
Under the tutelage of London’s premier shirtmakers, the duo behind the Richmond-based shirting company Ledbury acquired an eye for artisan talent. So it’s no surprise that when CEO and designer Paul Trible discovered Wiley Brothers belts through friends, their collaboration led to the first items in Ledbury’s new Commonwealth Collection. Each belt is made with English bridle leather and white bronze buckles. The collection of Virginia-made accessories will eventually include everything from cuff links to garment bags. $155;

Hartmann; Lebanon, TN
How’s this for quality craftsmanship? After Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans man returned to find his home and belongings destroyed, save his old Hartmann attaché. The case was battered but intact, its contents undisturbed. This standard of workmanship has defined Hartmann luggage since the company got its start more than a hundred years ago. The Wings Collection trunks, inspired by the vintage glamour of rail travel, are handcrafted using wood frames, gold-finished hardware, exclusive jacquard-weave fabric, and supersoft aniline-dyed leather.