Southern Style

Good Hunting: Signature Style

Monograms lend a personal touch to these Southern essentials
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DINNERWARE
Mix heirlooms or simple modern dishes with monogrammed porcelain pieces by Sasha Nicholas for a stylish mash-up at the supper table. You can choose from six motifs in five colors on two plate designs. Emblazon an inscription on the back to add even more customized detail (four-piece settings from $226, platters and serving bowls from $132; sashanicholas.com).

photo: Raymond Hom

GUN BAG
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Each fleece-lined, deer-tanned cowhide gun case hand made by South Texas artisan Blake Jones is finished with sturdy bridle leather trim and brass hardware and set off by a simple stamped monogram—dapper details worthy of a fine gun ($498; blakejonesdesigns.com).

photo: Raymond Hom

BARREL BEAKERS
Asa Blanchard, one of Kentucky’s most noted silversmiths, created the bourbon beaker, a barrel-shaped precursor to the julep cup, in the early 1800s. Fast-forward more than two hundred years, and Lexington Silver has released a reproduction of his design, available in pewter (shown) and sterling, with three engraving options. A set of six makes a handsome and historic addition to any Southern bar ($127 each; lexingtonsilver.com).

photo: Raymond Hom

SHIRTS
A bit of block-lettered cuff peeking out from a jacket sleeve is a subtle and stylish way to get into the monogram game. Brooks Brothers’ trim-fitting Regent dress shirts are available with initials in ten thread colors ($104; brooksbrothers.com).

photo: Raymond Hom

BED LINENS
The practice of monogramming bed linens became popular in the mid-nineteenth century with the rise of the wedding trousseau. That tradition continues today at Léron Linens, where clients can have their initials embroidered on 400-count Egyptian cotton designs such as Veranda (shown), with appliqués in any of fifty colors (from $415; leron.com).

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TOP-HANDLE BAG
Opposites attract: The minimalist shape of this Valextra bag contrasts beautifully with a traditional monogram. Hand- cut and -finished by Milanese artisans, the bags are available in both calfskin and exotic leathers, with gold-foil-embossed lettering (from $3,090; capitolcharlotte.com).

photo: Raymond Hom