Menswear Made in the South: Southern Tide

Love to see your southern gentlemen in fine quality apparel? Are you a man that loves the classic southern look? Southern Tide has just what you want. A rapidly growing lifestyle brand, Southern Tide’s line of apparel and accessories boasts exceptional craftsmanship, clean lines, fine quality, and classic design.

Channel Marker Plaid Sport Shirt in Red paired with Southern Tide Jeans

 The company was founded in 2006 by Allen Stephenson and is manufactured in South Carolina. Southern Tide is expanding their brand to include the Southern Tide Vintage Collection.  The collection will include men’s jeans, chinos, and a variety of shirt styles. In addition, Nautical polo shirts and canvas belts have been added to company’s apparel line, as well as new designs and colors to existing items including the quarter zip pullover sweater, RT-7 Pants, boxers and lounge wear.

 Classic Skipjack Polo in Grenadine paired with Channel Marker Flat Front Shorts in Stone, accented with the Skipjack Needlepoint Belt in Navy (Made exclusively for Southern Tide by Smathers and Branson)

Southern Tide’s Vintage Collection is made for a comfortable, worn-in, but durable look and feel. The jeans are hand-crafted to give the customers a true vintage denim look and feel making no two pair alike. These vintage-washed jeans are constructed of 100% cotton, or 99% cotton with one percent stretch. The Vintage Collection also includes chino and oxford vintage shirts that are 100% cotton and are vintage washed.

(L to R) Saltwater Fly Tee (Super Gotcha) in White, Classic Lures Tee in Black, Original Skipjack Tee in Lava  Saltwater Fly Tee (Multi-Fly) in Aqua,  Saltwater Fly Tee (Slinky Deceiver) in Yellow

So if you are a southern gentleman or looking to purchase something special for the southern gentleman in your life you can purchase Southern Tide products in more than 500 fine retailers in more than 42 states across the country, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as on Southern Tide’s online store at

-Brandy Gaspard
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Southern Street Style: French Quarter

This guy might look familiar to some of y’all.

Yup, that is in fact my husband, Thomas shopping in the French Quarter for some new summer clothes. Where’d he stop? Gnome, French Connection, UAL, and Urban Outfitters were all on the list. Guys are you looking for some men’s clothing stores in New Orleans? Check out my uptown and downtown men’s shopping guides on Go NOLA.

Pictures and text by Christy

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Clothing that makes the man: Camrich Mann by Brennan Manuel

Lets face it, in the world of fashion men are typically relegated to either the same predictable yawn fest or designs that are so over the top that it scares off even the dandiest of dressers.  Camrich Mann is a fresh, new menswear label from New Orleans fashion designer Brennan Manuel that has already received accolades by being a top designer contest finalist at this years’ Fashion Week New Orleans. Not only did Brennan study Menswear Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York but he recently graduated from Tulane Law School as well.

He really sets apart his designs from the rest  by creating interesting pieces that aren’t blatantly bland or freakishly flamboyant. His work is heavy on excellent, simple design with sharp tailoring and interesting details. Brennan understands that clothing makes the man but the focus should be on the man himself; the garments are merely an accent to the personality that is already there.

Brennan’s main  objective with Camrich Mann  “is to produce a clothing line that serves my target market, the Urban Graduate.” He defines  the “Urban Grad” as a student of his own urban environment that appreciates trends but wants to be “individually innovative”. Camrich Mann serves as a way for younger men to understand how to present themselves in a more mature manner without looking stodgy.

In Brennan’s own words:

“The Urban Grad is a cosmopolite that believes you can judge a book by its cover and understands that presentation is 80% of what you bring to the table, in any encounter. Therefore this man strives to develop his own style and taste by allowing his mind to be inspired by other things, other people and himself. He realizes that every well-dressed man’s closet must have its staples but recognizes that building upon this foundation to showcase masculinity through more unconventional pieces is key; therefore he is adaptable. Unlike other well-dressed men, the Urban Grad has the innate ability to be a tastemaker. I create clothes that represent a young man in his transition to and after he has reached adulthood. I see these clothes as reinventing consumer conscious staples with a luxurious, innovative twist. I envision a brand that becomes the symbol of a lifestyle and a generation.”

Buyers interested in purchasing a Camrich Mann piece can do so by commission. Shirts start at $190 and include details such as back darts and stretch poplin fabric to ensure fit and a hidden placket. The cropped trouser pant retails for $290 and jackets start at $590. You can keep up with Camrich Mann via the Facebook page.

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Billy Reid- Southern Traditions Turned Cool

Perhaps you’ve heard of Billy Reid, the 2010 Vogue CFDA award winner and  GQ menswear designer of the year.

 In my opinion Billy Reid and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin are THE Southern designers. As my quest to unearth more Southern designers continues I always think of their brands as the epitome of Southern style. And what is Southern style? It’s a question I ask all of my interviews and the answer is always varied yet similar. I’ll let y’all duke that one out in the comments.

Billy grew up in Louisiana but now lives in Florence, Alabama with his wife and kids. He has stores all across the country but from the pictures I’ve seen each really evokes a strong southern aesthetic that I love. Dark, well worn wood, plenty of antiques, chandeliers, pretty much how I’d want my home to look if I could get past opening a can of paint.

Even though his brand is known for it’s menswear the women’s clothing is equally as attractive. I own a pair of Billy Reid jeans and a Henley and I can certainly attest to the quality of the clothing.  The allure behind Billy’s clothing is the ease of the collection. This isn’t trendy, flash in a pan styles but rather great classic southern style that can be worn again and again, year after year that gets better with age.

There has been a lot of talk about heritage brands, particularly in the realm of men’s clothing. A collaboration with Stetson and Levi’s was seemingly inevitable and a natural partnership at that. For the Levi’s collection Billy combed the companies’ rich archives to gain inspiration and insight on the brand’s history. The result was a harmonious blend of Levi’s trademark and Billy’s personal touch.

2010 was a firm indicator that the fashion world has taken notice of Southern sensibilities and has embraced it. Billy Reid is a great spokesman for the stylings of those of us below the Mason Dixon line and Yankees that get the lifestyle.

Big thanks to Mr. Reid’s mom for sending me the pictures to publish here. I was pleasantly surprised and more than flattered when his mother, T.J. Reid contacted me to thank me for helping promote her son. I mean lil’ old Slow Southern Style can’t really compete with  high falutin’ fashion magazines such as Vogue and GQ so I was extremely grateful for her kind words.

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Lumina Clothing Giveaway Winner!

I’m pleased to announce we have a winner of the Lumina Clothing giveaway! 

Thanks to’s handy number generator Hattie Sparks is the lucky recipient of a seersucker bow tie and gingham necktie, a perfect gift for her fiance. She’s a lovely lady and loyal reader and I had the pleasure of meeting in person at I Heart Southern Style. Hattie I’ll be in touch to hand over the goodies to you!

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Cocodri- Honoring Louisiana’s Yard Dog

One thing that I have a deep appreciation for is reptiles. I literally grew up with a swamp for a backyard. There was my house, a levee, and the swamp, in that order. Needless to say we spent many of summers playing out on the boat, either water skiing, fishing, or just swimming. We always knew which canals were off limits to skiing and the sign for “alligator behind you, don’t drop the rope” was usually my maw maw frantically waving her arms up and down.

Alligators were brought to the brink of extinction but due to conservation efforts have proliferated and have established healthy populations. Due to an over abundance of this ancient animal alligator farms* can be found all over southern Louisiana, harvesting the reptiles for their meat and skin.

Cocodri is a small Lafayette based company that elevates this beautiful animal’s hide into art. Working with local trappers and craftsman each item is individually designed to showcase the beauty of Louisiana’s natural resources.
Cocodri carries wallets, belts, flasks, and women’s clutches. These items would make a great gift that can be passed down from generation to generation.
Purchases can me made at Cocodri’s website or at the following locations:
New Orleans
Style Lab for Men
Ralph Goodyear
*Okay now I’m going to geek out on everyone. I do NOT condone buying any other reptile product. Many wild populations have been critically depleted due to taking animals out of the wild for their skin. In fact California banned python products. Every purchase you make is a VOTE saying “Yes I support this”. If you choose to enjoy these goods consider buying them secondhand or vintage, that way you are not directly supporting illegal activities.
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Giveaway with Lumina Clothing Co.

I’ve never done a  giveaway before so I thought it would be appropriate to run one for the men since women get all the good stuff when it comes to fashion blog freebies.

 For the southern gentleman, or at least those that just try to act like it. Lumina Clothing Co. is a North Carolina based men’s accessories company that specializes in neck wear. From elegant evening weddings to casual summer picnics and everything in between Lumina offers a tie for any occasion.

Just by signing up for their newsletter you can get a coupon for 33% off your purchase. Oh wait, you wanted to hear about the free stuff right?

To enter the giveaway simply follow Slow Southern Style on one of the following networks listed in the right sidebar (Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin’, etc…) and leave a comment on this entry stating which one you follow. One lucky winner will receive the tie and bow tie featured in this post. 

Wanna double your chances of winning? Just visit the Lumina Clothing Co. product page then come back to this post and leave a comment here stating which tie is your favorite. You can also increase your chances of winning by following Lumina on Twitter or Facebook.

Contestants must reside in the United States and upon winning provide me with a mailing address or P.O. Box so I can ship out your goodies.

What, you expected me to know how to use that thing? 
The contest runs through December 28th and I’ll announce the winner on January 30th. Nothing like two new ties for a new year, no? So if you are looking for a gift for your significant other or just want to spruce up your own accessories repertoire hurry up and comment, the clock is ticking!

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Mannequin Monday- Rubensteins Does Classic Christmas

  No matter what holiday you celebrate, or even if you don’t celebrate at all there is something exciting about window displays this time of year. There is so much effort that goes into displays and Christmas displays are always extra special.

Having been in business for 86 years Rubensteins knows the importance of luring in passerby and their great big windows allow them plenty of opportunity to do so.

Also starting at10:00AM on Monday, December 6th Rubensteins is having a big sale just in time for the holidays. If you’ve been putting off buying a new suit now is the time! Check out the deals and get there before they are gone.

All $495 Suits are now $395
20% Off all Blazers
20% Off Ballin Pants 30% Off Polo and Paul Smith
33% Off select Ties and Dress Shirts
35% Off Zegna and Brioni Suits and Sport Coats (not including Blazers)
25% – 40% Off Select Suits and Sport Coats and Seasonal Dress Pants
25% – 40% Shoes including styles from Ferragamo, Mezlan, Mark Nason, Cole Haan and Bruno Magli

Corner of St. Charles Ave & Canal St.
 Mon-Thurs. 10am-5:45pm
Friday-Saturday  10am-6pm
Sunday closed
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Off to the races, New Orleans style

Not only is November 25th Thanksgiving but it is also opening day at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. While most people know the Fairgrounds as the home of Jazz Fest it is also an actual race track with all of the fashionable traditions that go with it.

Something that I’ve always found fun are derby hats. If you have the opportunity to wear something out of the ordinary, I say embrace the moment! For a firsthand account of last year’s festivities and fashion read Miss Malaprop’s post on Dramatis Personae.

Fleur de Paris is the place to buy quintessential derby hats in New Orleans. Custom made millinery is their specialty and people come from all over to shop in their French Quarter store.

Of course men need to be properly attired as well. Southern Proper offers men a fun yet elegant way to celebrate this big day with ties that are anything but ordinary.

No matter what you’re doing this Thanksgiving have fun and stay fashionable!

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