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A lifelong outdoorsman, Radcliff Menge created a distinctive jacket suitable for the field and town.

The company: Tom Beckbe, founded in 2015, is based in Birmingham, Ala. The company makes classic outdoor apparel and accessories.

The owner: Raised in Winchester, Va., Menge graduated from the University of Virginia in 2004 and Washington & Lee University’s School of Law in 2008. While practicing law in Birmingham, he started Tom Beckbe by happenstance.

The name: Derived from the colonial name for Alabama’s Tombigbee River.”

What’s popular: The Tensaw Jacket ($495, S-XXL). The cotton twill liner is dyed in Alabama red clay.

Other favorites: The new Kinsman Vest ($395, S-XXL) and Weekender Duffel ($449). Also Field Hats ($125) and Shooting Gloves ($95).

Fun (or unusual) request: Limited edition jackets for an American distiller of some note.

Big break: Garden & Gun Editors’ Choice, “Outstanding in the Field” (August/ September 2016).

Where to buy: In Atlanta, check H. Stockton; Guffey’s; and Chuck’s.

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bagging rights

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Becky Stayner worked as a food photographer for most of her career. Stayner is still working with her hands, but she has shifted her focus.

The company: Started in 2014, Biscuit Leather Company makes soft and buttery  leather bags, purses, totes and clutches by hand in Birmingham, Ala.

The owner/artist: Stayner grew up in Lexington, Ky. She attended the University of Kentucky for two years before transferring to Brooks Institute of Photography, where she earned a degree in commercial photography. Stayner worked as a food photographer and was on the staff of Cooking Light magazine for nine years. After one lesson with a friend, she started making bags.

What’s popular: Original Grand Biscuit in vegetable tan with Indigo stitching, ($550); the Morning Biscuit (a smaller, cross-body version of the Original Grand, $450); and the Two Bite Biscuit, a cross-body clutch with enough room for a phone, lipstick, cards and cash ($160).

Big break: Appearing on “Absolutely Alabama,” a weekly TV show.

What’s new: Full and half aprons ($110), plus napkins, coasters, placemats and table runners ($40 to $160) made with a lovely heavy-duty canvas in solid cream. Also creamy canvas riveted curtains ($100 to $130).

Where to buy:

Biscuit Leather Co.

lord of the rings


As a kid, Steve West loved Indian Head nickels. Now the Atlanta jewelry maker cuts and uses them in his signature rings and other accessories.

The company: Silver Piston, located in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood, makes rings, cufflinks and necklaces with a rugged, yet unisex Americana feel.

The name: Wanted a company name with a motorcycle theme since that is the crowd West runs and rides with. He brainstormed with John Ryland, founder of Classified Moto. Silver Piston stuck.

The artist: Originally from Asheville, West graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in graphic design. He moved to Atlanta nearly 13 years ago for work. In 2009, West took a jewelry-making class on the side, and was hooked.

What’s popular: Hobo and Indian Head/Buffalo rings ($48 to $1,750). Also the heavy hammered silver ring ($150) for weddings.

Other favorites: Necklaces with Indian Head nickels ($70).

Fun requests: Made pieces for A-listers as gifts from people who work with them or are friends and want to get them something different. The list includes: Steven Tyler, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bones Owens, Yelawolf, Billy Joel and Ewan McGregor.

Where to buy:

for the home bar

Bar Glass

North Carolina-based Terrane Glass Designs creates simple yet elegant glassware for your bar and home.

The artist: Colin O’Reilly grew up in Kennesaw, Ga. On a spring break visit in Santa Fe, NM, with his family, he got hooked on glass after a visit to a small glass studio. After several apprenticeships, he graduated in 2011 from the California College of the Arts with a degree in glass. In Washington, he worked at the Schack Arts Center and with several glass artists before relocating to North Carolina. O’Reilly worked with glass blower Kenny Pieper in his studio before starting Terrane Glass Designs in Spruce Pine in 2016.

What’s popular: The Oklahoma Whiskey set. A full set (decanter and four glasses) is $290. A short set (decanter and two glasses) is $215.

Other favorites: Gold-Cinch Whiskey set ($385 for a full set and $280 for short set). Also the Amber Topo vase ($185) and Aloft bud vase ($110.

Fun (or unusual) request: Create a custom “Hoggett” decanter. It is a rounded bottom decanter that you can’t put down unless it’s on a special stand. It is meant to be passed around a table.

Claim to fame: Overall winner in Garden & Gun magazine’s 2016 Made in the South Awards.

Where to buy:



sweet dreams


In northern Alabama, Red Land Cotton produces homegrown, heirloom-inspired linens that are both luxe and laid back.

The company: Red Land Cotton, was founded in 2016, in Moulton, Ala., by the father daughter team of Anna Yeager Brakefield and her father Mark Yeager, whose family has been growing cotton for three generations. The company, which grows and custom gins its cotton, offers the only farm-to-fabric linens on the market today.

What’s popular: Red Land Classic sheet sets, ranging from twin ($230) to California King ($260).

Other favorites: The new Lawrence Ticking Stripe sheet sets ($185 to $225); also the Madeline Gray sheet sets ($230 to $260); and Southern tea towels ($15).

What’s next: Leighton bath collection ($10 to $50).

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at the Country Living Fair (Oct. 27-29) in Stone Mountain Park.



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From drum shades to wood and metal pendants, Texas-based Moon Shine Lamp and Shade offers shades and lighting with mid-century modern styling.

The company: Moon Shine Lamp and Shade started in 1998 in Memphis, Tenn. The company, now located in Dripping Springs near Austin, designs and manufactures custom lamp shades and innovative lighting for homes and commercial spaces.

The designer & owner: D’Lana Bailey, grew up in Denton, Texas. While traveling around the country, she took college classes in fine arts and interior design but wasn’t interested in a degree. Instead, she rode motorcycles and worked as a booking agent for bands, on film projects and music videos and produced her own burlesque show in Memphis before starting her studio and business.

Getting started: While working as a bartender at the Hi-Tone in Memphis, she and her ex-husband (Robert Bailey) bought one roll of shade material, a box of lamp shade rings, about five shade designs, and a roll of lanyard from a friend who owned a vintage store. Before long, D’Lana had created more than 80 shade designs. She left the Hi-Tone to travel to trade shows and advertise her work before returning to Texas in 2000. The Baileys remarried in 2014 and moved to Austin. Robert meets with clients and does the welding and fabrication that is key to the business.

What’s popular: Corina and Gloria style shades ($103 to $118). Also the Rosie and Lulu.

Other favorites: Drum pendants in any color and size ($100 and up).

Name that shade: Shade styles are named after family members. Also D’Lana’s dogs: Claire, Mabel, Rosie, and Lulu.

Fun (or unusual) requests: Seven-foot-long shades, shaped like a pinball flipper, for an Indian restaurant in Fort Worth. Also a four-foot diameter steel shade with a cutout of the Houston skyline.

Where to buy:



paper, plus

Lemon Notes

Inspired by their sunny Florida surroundings, a mother-daughter team created a line of hand-painted whimsical paper goods and gifts.

The company: Giddy Paperie started in 2013 in Winter Park.

The owners: Leslie Chalfont and Laurent Yochum, both Florida natives. Chalfont, a graduate of Auburn University, has a background in business, but is a longtime painter, mostly working in watercolor. Yochum, a UGA graduate, manages the company’s marketing and public relations.

What’s popular: Oddly enough, tea towels ($20), followed by desk calendars ($22) and notecards ($16 to $22).

Other favorites: Unframed art prints ($24), notepads ($7 to $24) and stationery sets ($22).

Big break: In December 2014, Southern Living featured two of the company’s Christmas card designs in its holiday issue.

Claim to fame: Chalfont was named “10 Designers to Watch in 2017” by Stationery Trends magazine, the lead industry publication.

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