Southern Style

Timeless Southern Shops

Our favorite spots to find everything from the best sporting art to first editions of Faulkner

Illustration: Tuomas Ikonen

(In no particular order)


Helm Boots
Austin, Texas

Since opening his storefront in East Austin in 2013, cobbler Joshua Bingaman has been gaining a following by pulling style elements from a variety of boots—military models, classic day hikers—while retaining functional touches. Read more

Indigo & Cotton
Charleston, South Carolina

This Charleston men’s store provides an eclectic mix of goods, all with a vintage-inspired essence, such as jeans from Raleigh Denim, Billykirk bags, and Shinola watches.

Sid Mashburn
Atlanta, Georgia

Eight years ago Sid Mashburn brought his unique Southern prepster–meets–Italian modernist look to the South, inspiring a new generation of men’s shops in the process.

Austin, Texas

An eclectic mix of clothes, booze, and music, all in a charming storefront that has a bit of a flea-market feel, offering imported and local oddities such as Son of a Sailor knives made in Austin, tin cloth Filson duffels, and chile pepper bandannas. Read more here.

Charlotte, North Carolina

North Carolina’s state motto, Esse quam videri (“to be rather than to seem”), serves as an inspiration for Tabor’s selection of sophisticated but casual American sportswear. Updated classics from brands like Thom Browne and Jack Spade share racks with a range of Southern designers: hand-sewn jeans from Raleigh Denim, cutting-edge clothes and shoes by North Carolina native Mark McNairy, and Virginia-made leather belts by Wiley Brothers. Read more here.

Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia native Thomas Wages opened his Atlanta menswear shop in 2013, and he quickly attracted a loyal following for his down-to-earth style, his curated collection of American-made goods, and the pieces he designs for the shop’s house label. Read more here.


Ann Mashburn
Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas

A feminine counterpoint to husband Sid’s masculine aesthetic: Where you’ll find Lochcarron tartan upholstery at his shop, you’ll find hot-pink linen at hers. Both of their showrooms carry a well-edited selection of classic-meets-modern staples and designs from each of their in-house labels. Read more here.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Laura Vinroot Poole is one of the South’s best importers of world culture via her Charlotte atelier, which showcases couture confections from the likes of Giambattista Valli and Valentino next to jewelry from India’s Gem Palace.

Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina

Looking for the best trends from Paris, Milan, and New York? You’ll find them at Coplon’s, which provides Piedmont women with formal and casual selections from Halston Heritage and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few.

Croghan’s Jewel Box
Charleston, South Carolina

History and tradition are alive and well three generations after the opening of this genteel, family-run jewelry shop on King Street, where everything from diamond rings to estate silver is on glittering display.

Charleston, South Carolina

This well-known and well-loved high-end women’s boutique provides the best of designer fashion, from swoon-worthy bags and accessories by Proenza Schouler to bold tops and dresses by Thakoon.

H. Audrey
Nashville, Tennessee

One of Nashville’s premier purveyors of designer fashion staples by Helmut Lang, Demylee, Rag & Bone, and more, from Holly Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr., and granddaughter of Hank Sr.

Kick Pleat
Austin, Texas

Wendi Koletar, a Texas native, has built one of Austin’s top women’s clothing stores, which boasts edgy jumpsuits, Lizzie Fortunato handbags and jewelry with funky colors and details, and sleek sneakers by Common Projects.

Pied Nu
New Orleans, Louisiana

Whether you’re in the market for a dress with a colorful print, elegant throws and quilts, beaded brooches, or a custom iron bed, this Magazine Street shop offers an array of options to dress yourself and your home.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Twenty-one years ago, Amy Gardner sold only shoes, but today her shop carries a wide variety of carefully selected apparel and accessories with a classic, clean aesthetic.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Whether you’re after a date-night dress or just want to step up your street style, this North Hills boutique has become Raleigh’s go-to source for high-end fashion. Owner Ashley Vermillion Harris carries an edited collection of such classic labels as Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler, plus Southern designers such as Wes Gordon and Lela Rose.

Charleston, South Carolina

Since 1993, this women’s clothing store has called the 19th-century McIntosh Seed House on King Street home. Inside, shoppers will find a fascinating mix of collections from around the world—dresses made with silk, lace, and tulle as well as apparel, accessories, and shoes that exude vintage and menswear-influenced vibes.

Atlanta, Georgia

Emily Bean Livezey opened her Buckhead shop in 2012. On offer: playful casual and classic apparel and accessories, such as handmade beaded jewelry by Atlanta native Audrey Allman.


Forty Five Ten
Dallas, Texas

Laura Bush and Oprah Winfrey are just two examples of the kind of clientele who seek out elegant selections from 4510 McKinney Avenue. No less an authority than Vogue calls it “a shop to rival Paris’ Colette,” complete with courtyard and tearoom, for post-shopping lunch. Menswear and items for the home, too.

Imogene + Willie
Nashville, Tennessee

Carrie and Matt Eddmenson are spouses, denim geniuses, and the owners, designers, and creative minds behind the Nashville shop Imogene + Willie, a converted filling station turned international style destination.


Circle Seven
Madison, Mississippi

Smack in the middle of hunt country, this sportsman’s paradise stocks every item necessary for a day in the field, but the guns and knives are the real draw.

Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear and Apparel
Thomasville, Georgia

Imagine turning a quail plantation into a store, and you’d have Kevin’s, an aristocratic establishment offering everything from $400 Barbour jackets to $2,500 horn-handle hunting knives. The fine gun room will make any red-blooded shooting enthusiast salivate. Read more here.


Alex Raskin Antiques
Savannah, Georgia

Walking through this suspended-in-time, stuffed-to-the-gills mansion is a bit like visiting Miss Havisham of Great Expectations, except that here the dusty tramp art and Biedermeier chairs are for sale.

Oxford, Mississippi

Jewelry, stationery, home goods, local art, vintage items, wooden toys, children’s clothes, handbags, and cutting boards in the shapes of Southern states are just a few examples of what you can find at Erin Austen Abbott’s modern general store. Read more here.

And George
Charlottesville, Virginia

The mother-and-daughter team behind And George have decades of combined experience in art and design. Their custom-designed tables and sideboards fit seamlessly into the mix of antique and vintage pieces.

Architectural Accents
Atlanta, Georgia

Stocking architectural reproductions and antiques from the 17th to the early 20th century, Architectural Accents provides a variety of pieces of provenance and style to match any taste.

Charleston, South Carolina

A blend of rustic and classic, where shoppers can find items such as vintage American flags and maps, framed 19th-century portraits, a wildebeest mount, Moroccan and Turkish textiles, and apothecary jars.

Beverly Bremer Silver Shop
Atlanta, Georgia

Southerners love their sterling as much as their stories, and for forty years this Atlanta shop has been the supplier of choice, with everything from julep cups and exquisite flasks to holiday ornaments, and it also offers engraving and polishing services.

Buckhead, Georgia

Cut flowers, choice perennials, and unusual annuals, plus all the pretty things to put them in or on, make Boxwoods an irresistible draw for people who love the outside of their homes as much as the inside.

Bungalow Classic
Atlanta, Georgia

If you’re in the market for absolutely anything new for your home, look no further than this welcoming spot stocked with a wonderfully edited mix of furniture, lighting, accessories, and art.

West Palm Beach, Florida

Unique sconces, brightly colored garden stools, and chic dressers exemplify this store’s 20th-century, contemporary, and custom home decor pieces, which evoke a modern coastal charm.

Circa Who
West Palm Beach, Florida

Picture the best examples of vintage Palm Beach home and garden decor, and that’s what you’ll find here—bamboo-accented furniture and fun pieces in classic whites and neutrals as well as bright accents like turquoise, gold, and green.

Dulles Designs
Charleston, South Carolina

Exquisite detail is at the essence of this company, which offers custom calligraphy, letterpress printing, engraving, and mailing services and adds elegance to all correspondence needs.

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Sidney Wagner is the mastermind behind this unique home decor spot that doubles as an interior design studio and boutique, where customers can seek out new and vintage pieces with midcentury, beachy vibes.

Emily McCarthy
Savannah, Georgia

From custom embossers and stamps to wallpaper, this shop offers up stylish selections for any entertainment, stationery, or gifting needs, most of which were designed by McCarthy herself.

Houston, Texas

Found is full of everything from 18th- and 19th-century antiques to repurposed industrial pieces. Designers love the juxtaposition of, say, a vintage theater spotlight or a modern resin table against a faux bois garden bench or a crusty gilt mirror. Read more here.

GOOD Goods
San Antonio, Texas

Designer D’Ette Cole’s shop is home to a marriage of vintage and modern pieces for the home, with a little Texas flair thrown in for good measure.

John Pope Antiques
Charleston, South Carolina

You’ll often find the proprietor himself in this antiques oasis. Pope brings his background in historic preservation to bear on supplying his Cigar Factory shop with truly tasteful, quality finds.

Kenny Ball Antiques
Charlottesville, Virginia

Since 1985, discerning antiquers have known to count on Ball for an abundance of authentically English, French, and Italian pieces.

Leaf & Petal
Birmingham, Alabama

What started as a small neighborhood plant shop has grown to three locations in house-proud Birmingham under the watchful (and tasteful) eye of owner Lydia Pursell. In addition to a substantial selection of unique plants and the perfect planters to accompany them, L&P also sells such items as house-pickled okra and pepper jelly as well as interior and exterior home accent pieces.

Leontine Linens
New Orleans, Louisiana

Founder Jane Scott Hodges has made a career of dressing homes across the country with expertly monogrammed hand-spun textiles.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Patrick Dunne’s French Quarter antiques store specializes in objets culinaires—everything from fine crystal champagne flutes to silver Victorian wine coasters to mahogany dining tables.

Mac & Murphy
Charleston, South Carolina

Look no further than this paper company for frame-worthy stationery, ultrastylish office supplies, elegant planners, and, of course, a variety of thank-you notes.

Madcap Cottage
High Point, North Carolina

Designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke bring their exuberant sense of color and love of history and great design together inside this charming shop stocked with everything from amazing furniture finds to the best vintage needlepoint pillow collection we’ve seen (anywhere!).

New Orleans, Louisiana

Opened in 2012 by Melissa Miles Rufty and Adrienne Casbarian, Malachite offers distinctive high-end furniture, wall decor, and accessories. It’s no surprise that it’s become become a design haven for interior designers.

The Outpost
Middleburg, Virginia

The impeccable staging of antiques from all around the world makes shopping here feel as much like a journey as a destination. An abundance of unique wall decor, fascinating artifacts, beautiful rugs and textiles, and elegant furniture.

Atlanta, Georgia

Lee Kleinhelter’s sophisticated furniture and decor shop was founded in 2004 in the West Buckhead neighborhood, but non-Atlanta residents can scratch an itch for revived vintage furniture by shopping online, where inventory is arranged by product, color, and material.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Elegant artwork, handmade furniture, and a knockout selection of lighting are just some of what you’ll find here, where making a personal purchase or finding the perfect gift is both easy and luxurious.

Savannah, Georgia

Charming block-printed stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap, and kitchen towels are merely the start of the offerings from the student designers at Savannah’s powerhouse art school. Art and apothecary items, too.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques
Cullman, Alabama

A true treasure trove of salvaged home goods, where every single item, right down to the Victorian doorknobs, comes with a story.

Suga Mill Trading Co.
Harbour Island, Bahamas

Former model India Hicks is behind this Bahamian boutique that’s your one-stop source for breezy island chic—everything from caftans to home goods to items emblazoned with Hicks’s signature skull and crossbones.

Tricia’s Treasures
Birmingham Alabama

Like any great accessories store, Tricia Thomas’s is stuffed (literally) with eclectic finds ready to be sifted through. She keeps the hunt interesting by regularly presenting new items. Read more here.


A Different Drummer Gallery
Thomasville, Georgia

If you’re in the market for vintage sporting art, this genteel gallery in the heart of hunt country is certain to deliver. In addition to work by fine artists past and present, the selection of antique decoys is compelling.

Arzberger Stationers
Charlotte, North Carolina

Southerners know the value of proper paper correspondence, and Arzberger Stationers’ creative director, Elizabeth Edwards, knows how to help clients stay in touch in style.

Austin, Texas

Bigger isn’t always better, but it is in this case: At 28,000 square feet, BookPeople is the largest bookstore in Texas. The mood is a happy marriage of professional and funky, and the bookstore is famed for its massive events schedule.

Faulkner House Books
New Orleans, Louisiana

From Jackson Square, the bustling heart of the French Quarter, narrow, shady Pirate’s Alley leads past the charming house where twenty-seven-year-old William Faulkner wrote Soldiers’ Pay, his first novel. In 1988 the bottom floor was transformed into a bookstore by husband-and-wife team Joseph J. DeSalvo, Jr., and Rosemary James. In addition to rare books (including first editions of Faulkner), you’ll find fiction, poetry, and shelf space for New Orleans writers. Read more here.

George Gallery
Charleston, South Carolina

A renovated historic home in a largely residential neighborhood probably isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a contemporary art gallery in the Holy City, but owner Anne Siegfried’s knowledge and cheerful enthusiasm make a trip to the George worth the detour. Read more here.

Hidell Brooks Gallery
Charlotte, North Carolina

With group and solo exhibitions rotating every six to eight weeks, this gallery is constantly showcasing contemporary works by emerging and established artists for the public and for collectors.

Rebekah Jacob Gallery
Charleston, South Carolina

Highlights of this gallery’s diverse offerings include furniture from Lowcountry woodworker Bill Long; images from Mississippi photographer Brook White, whose work captures elements of the disappearing South; and a collection of photographs showing Memphis blues musicians by photojournalist Ernest C. Withers.

Smith’s Variety
Birmingham, Alabama

From classic candy by the pound to a jaw-dropping array of wrapping paper and even whoopee cushions, it’s all here (and then some) at this throwback gem.

Square Books
Oxford, Mississippi

When novelist Richard Flanagan was entering U.S. customs from his native Australia, the agent required that he provide a home address in the States. Although Flanagan would be visiting a different store every night while on book tour, his choice was easy. He gave the address for Square Books, he said, “because it feels like home.” And does for many, both far and near. Housed in what 125 years ago was a dry-goods store, with high ceilings, large windows, and worn Oriental carpets, Square Books has become a top destination bookstore for serious bibliophiles.


Red Truck Bakery
Warrenton, Virginia

Try the bourbon cake, the double chocolate moonshine cake, Alma Hackney’s rum cake…they’re all fantastic, and they’re all made with love at this rural Virginia landmark.