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2015 Spring Style Guide

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Photographs by Alex Martinez; styling by Tamara Connor

Crepe dress: Valentino, $4,390, Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square; Platform clog: Rachel Comey, $334, Henry & June

1. Camryn Park

Shopkeeper
Co-owner of Henry & June | @FoxFaceATL | henryandjuneatl.com

We hated to divide Park and her fiance and shop co-owner, Jim Chambers, even for this photograph. The inseparable pair opened their Virginia-Highland coffee-and-clothing boutique last summer in homage to Henry Miller and his muse, June. Together Park and Chambers stock the shelves with emerging and unexpected labels and Crema coffee. Before opening the shop, Park collected and sold vintage cameras.

Neighborhood  Poncey-Highland

Hometown  Atlanta

Spring must-have  Creatures of Comfort’s spring collection has so many beautiful light pastels and almost weightless materials.

New basic  A simple, sleek wrap dress like the one we have from L.A. designer Shaina Mote.

Big plans  I would love to transform our inventory room into a space for local creatives to meet and share inspiration.

Favorite item in your closet  My textured “Hitchcock” cape coat by local designer Megan Huntz.

If you were an animal, you’d be  A fox! Years ago a dear friend began calling me “foxface,” and I became infatuated with these beautiful creatures.

Jewelry you wear every day  A simple gold bracelet that says “June” in cursive—a gift from Jim—and my engagement ring, of course.

Makeup you can’t live without  Black liquid eyeliner: I don’t leave the house without a little cat-eye.

Ink inspiration  There is a diamond on my left leg with a banner that reads, “Like a diamond in the sky.” My father passed away when I was young, and that’s the song I remember him singing to me.

Favorite style era  We finally began watching “Mad Men,” and I am now obsessed with the 1960s. Joan Holloway is my spirit animal.

Style mantra  Keep it simple. Then you can add a standout accessory or a pop of fiery red lipstick. —Mary Logan Bikoff

Cam’s picks

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Clyde straw hat, $180

0315_styleguide_whitebag_amartinez_oneuseonlyClyde leather backpack, $420

315_styleguide_shirt_amartinez_oneuseonlyObjects Without Meaning linen/silk top, $253

Available at Henry & June, 784 North Highland Avenue

Trends
Cheat sheet: One day you’re in, and the next day, you’re . . . well, you know.

Spring 2014 vs. Spring 2015
1990s → 1970s
Minimalism → Bohemianism
Oversized shapes → Obi-style belts, cinched waists
Sheer fabrics → Eyelets and lace
Flatforms → Platforms
Metallics → Suede
Pop-art pattern → Gingham and checks
Normcore denim, overalls → Dark, starchy denim
Ruffles → Fringe
The oxford shirt → The polo shirt
The crop top → Unfortunately, still a thing.

Starburst necklace: KZ Noel $2,600, Morgan Kylee, 3273 Roswell Road, morgankylee.com; canvas vest: Brunello Cucinelli $3,185, Buckhead Atlanta, brunello­cucinelli.com; jeweled cuff: KZ Noel $975, Morgan Kylee; patterned pants: Rebecca Taylor $325, Phipps Plaza, rebeccataylor.com; platform clogs: Prada price upon request, Lenox Square, prada.com
Starburst necklace: KZ Noel, $2,600, Morgan Kylee, 3273 Roswell Road; canvas vest: Brunello Cucinelli, $3,185, Buckhead Atlanta; jeweled cuff: KZ Noel, $975, Morgan Kylee; patterned pants: Rebecca Taylor, $325, Phipps Plaza; platform clogs: Prada, price upon request, Lenox Square

2. Keisha Noel

Jewelry designer and front-row denizen
Creative director of KZ Noel jewelry | @kznoel | kznoel.com

Noel was inspired to start her fine jewelry line, KZ Noel, while visiting a Shanghai pearl market in 2011. Her globally influenced collections incorporate semiprecious gemstones and unusual finds, like black lava and agate. A board member at the Museum of Design Atlanta, Noel is a fixture on the society circuit, regularly hosting events about town and sitting front-row at New York Fashion Week. She’s holding her first Neiman Marcus trunk show on March 4 and 5; find her pieces locally at Huff Harrington Home and Morgan Kylee.

Neighborhood  Vinings

Hometown  Chicago

Style icons  Diana Ross, Charlize Theron, and Beyoncé. And Daphne Guinness! She has such a daring fashion spirit.

Favorite spring 2015 runway show  Azede Jean-Pierre [of SCAD Atlanta] is the most incredible up-and-coming designer—her attention to tailoring and detail is impeccable! I also love Lela Rose’s spring collection because it’s so feminine.

Inspiration source  I visit the Wynwood Arts District in Miami or a space by local designer Smith Boyd Interiors.

Spring must-have  Lanvin’s cream caftan.

Jewelry you wear every day  My wedding band and a KZ Noel prayer panel necklace (pictured below).

Favorite style era  As much as I’m looking forward to the ’70s vibe this spring, I really love the glamour of the 1980s. No one apologized for the over-the-top shoulder pads, sequins, and taffeta! —Mary Logan Bikoff

New from KZ Noel
The pyrite strand is assembled by Noel and two craftspeople in her workshop. Uncut diamonds make up the cross. The vintage wood and ceramic Thai prayer panels are said to bring protection and happiness. Coming soon to Morgan Kylee and Huff Harrington Home 

Trend
Platforms:
Sky-high, chunky, and funky wedge heels

315_styleguide_platform02_amartinez_oneuseonlyChristian Dior, $850, Neiman Marcus

315_styleguide_platform04_amartinez_oneuseonlyChristian Louboutin, $745, Buckhead Atlanta

0315_styleguide_platform01_amartinez_oneuseonlyPedro Garcia, $495, Tootsies, Shops Around Lenox

315_styleguide_platform03_amartinez_oneuseonlyCharlotte Olympia, $1,395, Saks Fifth Avenue

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“God Father” shantung fedora: Goorin Bros., $110, coming soon to Ponce City Market; “Murphy” shades: Warby Parker, $145, Buckhead Atlanta; “Sahara Dot” shirt: Bonobos, $85, Buckhead Atlanta; belt and watch: Stafford’s own; chinos: Bonobos, $88

3. Kirk Stafford

Shoe designer and entrepreneur
Founder of Belfry Shoes, Atlanta editor of UrbanDaddy | @kirkstafford | belfryshoes.com

Stafford, who has a degree in luxury and fashion management from SCAD Atlanta, has already started a tie company (Mast-McBride) and cofounded a snappy men’s shop (Tweeds, on the Westside). Now he’s left the store in the hands of his former partner to launch a shoe line, Belfry. It’s out this month (at shops TBD at press time) with 21 variations on eight styles, from utility boots to tassel loafers.

Neighborhood  Downtown

Hails from  Habersham County

Spring must-haves  Tailored chinos in a multitude of colors, a classic pair of white sneakers, and a ridiculously printed tank top for the weekends.

Trend you’d like to see die  The frat swoop haircut. I’m bald, and I’ve got zero tolerance for grown men, blessed with hair, who insist on wearing it like a 15-year-old.

Style icons  My grandfathers. They each passed away recently, but they were real men who dressed sharp, fought in wars, made things with their hands, and loved their families.

Hidden talent  I’m handy with a mustache comb.

Favorite Social media follow  Travel photographer @everythingeverywhere on Instagram—all I do is scroll through the feed and wipe drool off my phone.

Inspiration source  East Atlanta. I love finding all types of people who are living in the same neighborhood and genuinely enjoying each other.

Favorite item in your closet  A pair of blue loafers I designed. They’re shiny as hell and have a brass horse bit. —Q&A by Jess Graves

Belfry Chukka boot
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Belfry shoes are hand-sewn under one roof in Maine. Stafford uses Horween leather from Chicago. The all-leather soles are stitched to the upper. A “mud guard,” or leather trim, protects the boot. $395

Trend
Cool shades: Swap your frames for a bold shape or hue


Persol $250, Neiman Marcus

Warby Parker “Jennings,” $95


Warby Parker “Curtis,” $95

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“Lise Meitner” wool fedora: Goorin Bros., $140; tassel necklace: KZ Noel, $950, Morgan Kylee; silk gown: Etro, $3,858, Buckhead Atlanta

4. Mandy Kellogg Rye

Stylist, blogger, and online retailerFounder of entertaining site and shop Waiting on Martha | @waitingonmartha | waitingonmartha.com

Inspired by the great Ms. Stewart, in 2012 Rye created Waiting on Martha, where she blogs about home, entertaining, and style and already has an impressive following (45,000 on Instagram alone). Her online shop carries Rifle paper and Jonathan Adler trinkets, and she often hosts pop-ups. As a fashion and home stylist, Rye has worked for brands like Kate Spade and Calypso St. Barth and has been featured in “Harper’s Bazaar” and “House Beautiful.”

Neighborhood  North Buckhead

Hometown  Midland, Michigan

Big plans  More interior design. And there is talk of a brick-and-mortar store for Waiting on Martha.

Favorite item in your closet  Navy bespoke Stubbs & Wootton smoking slippers embroidered with Staffordshire dogs. The resemblance to my dog, Addison, is uncanny.

Spring must-have  I’m loving the elevated-boho, hippie-chic look at Dries Van Noten, Chloé, and Etro.

Trends you’d like to see die  Black lipstick, extreme ombré hair, and the high/low dress

Favorite Martha Stewart project  Her book “Martha’s Entertaining.” The pheasant pot pie recipe—minus the pheasant, as I’m a vegetarian—is a constant go-to.

Tool of your trade  My styling kit: a million types of tape, a portable steamer, various clips, pins, and slabs of marble and wood for detail shots.

Favorite little black dress  An old Helmut Lang asymmetric sheath with a fantastic zipper in the back. —Q&A by Feifei Sun

Mandy’s tips — Get the look
1.  Add a hat
A floppy-brimmed hat or fedora gives the perfect amount of flair. Stick to neutral tones like oxblood, tobacco, or camel.
2. Wrap it up
Not a hat person? Try a head wrap, scarf, or headband instead.
3. Pick a print
We’re looking at you, paisley. Also go for geometrics and soft, romantic florals.
4. Let it flow
For a breezy (and comfy!) look, throw on a flowy dress, long skirt, or soft, loose tunic.
5. More is More
Don’t be shy: Layer necklaces of varying lengths, bracelets, and rings.

Trend
Bitty Bags: This season, travel light

0315_styleguide_bag02_amartinez_oneuseonlyChristian Louboutin, $1,795

0315_styleguide_bag01_amartinez_oneuseonlyAlice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, $295, coming soon to Buckhead Atlanta

0315_styleguide_bag03_amartinez_oneuseonlyHermès, $5,150, Buckhead Atlanta

0315_styleguide_bag04_amartinez_oneuseonlyChloé, $795, Tootsies

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Custom wool suit: Commonwealth Proper (CMMP), $2,350, Elan Westside; “Grove Collar” shirt: CMMP, $395; wool tie: CMMP, $125; pocket square: CMMP, $65; “Datejust” 16233: Rolex, $3,600, Crown & Caliber; single-buckle oxfords: Canali, $850, Buckhead Atlanta

5. Mike Mast

Fit guy
Partner and Atlanta manager of Commonwealth Proper | @dieproper | commonwealthproper.com

Last fall Mast landed in Atlanta to open the second location of Philly-based Commonwealth Proper (CMMP), a custom and bespoke men’s shop. After leaving the insurance biz in 2013, Mast studied for months at CMMP’s internal fit-training program. Now he’ll greet you in the Westside shop with a whiskey and a stack of fabric swatches. That is, if you can find its speakeasy-style door off the parking deck.

Neighborhood  West Midtown

Hometown  Philadelphia

Spring must-have  Our new “Grove Collar” shirts (pictured) are an updated play on the Gordon Gekko finance shirt. Ours have white collars, which provide a clean frame to the face, but not white cuffs, which is too 1980s banker.

Style icons  James Bond always comes to mind, no matter the actor. I also can’t forget Ralph Lauren.

Tool of your trade  Tape measure.

Where you unwind  Outside of work, I love the Porter Beer Bar, Victory Sandwich Bar, and Cooks & Soldiers.

Overdressed or underdressed?  Overdressed—what’s the worst that can happen, someone compliments your outfit?

Favorite style era  Early 1990s hip-hop.

Perfect spring suit  Fresco—a midweight wool woven to promote breathability.

All-important accessories  A solid watch can pull a whole outfit together. And good shoes. There’s that old adage that women judge men by their shoes, so naturally, you can’t take a chance! —Mary Logan Bikoff

Mike’s tips — Get the perfect fit
Call to Arms
Shirtsleeves should fall to the break of your wrist and peek out a quarter-inch from your jacket.

0315_styleguide_suit01_lnoftle_oneuseonlyRule of Thumb
With your hands at your sides, the jacket’s bottom should hit your thumb knuckle.

0315_styleguide_suit02_lnoftle_oneuseonlySeams perfect
For range of motion and a proportional look, shoulder seams should fall where your shoulder cap begins to round.

Trend
Pocket squares
One jaunty square = a two-second upgrade

0315_styleguide_pocketsquares_amartinez_oneuseonlyBlue: CMMP, $65; Green: Drake’s, $75, Sid Mashburn, Westside Provisions; Yellow: Salvatore Ferragamo, $140, Neiman Marcus; Red: CMMP, 65; Pink: J.S. Blank & Co., $55, Neiman Marcus

 This article originally appeared in our March 2015 issue.

The Love List: House of Blues

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I recently moved, and it’s got me buying all kinds of stuff.

0315_lovelist_pendantlight_cck_oneuseonlyThe house was built in the 1920s, so I’m trying to fill it with really special items, like Flags of Origin’s 1 ceramic pendant light, which was slip-cast by local ceramicist Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb StudioFlags of Origin x Honeycomb Studio ceramic pendant light, $1,050, flagsoforigin.com 

0315_lovelist_podtable_cck_oneuseonlyI’m decorating with 50 shades of, uh, blue, so the turquoise faux shagreen 2 pod tables from Pieces Faux shagreen pod tables, $1,800/pair, Pieces, 3234 Roswell Road, piecesinc.com

0315_lovelist_artwork_courtesy_oneuseonlyand 3 original work from painter Sally King Benedict make perfect bedfellows in the main area of the house. Sally King Benedict Blue Panel 24, price upon request, sallybenedict.com

0315_lovelist_lamp_courtesy_oneuseonlySpeaking of the bed, two Jana Bek Design 4 hand-painted brushstroke lamps would look real nice flanking it. I could go full Martha-on-crack and have them painted to coordinate with the linens. Jana Bek Design hand-painted brushstroke lamp, $425, shopwaitingonmartha.com

0315_lovelist_pillow_cck_oneuseonlyTo toss on the sofa, I’m thinking Huff Harrington’s luxe Belgian linen 5 pillow, embellished with intertwining cowhide and leather appliqués. Huff Harrington Home “Martha” pillow, $325, 102 West Paces Ferry Road, huffharrington.com

0315_lovelist_candle_courtesy_oneuseonlyFor the bathroom, always a 6 candleDiptyque limited-edition “Rosafolia” candle, $65, Buckhead Atlanta, diptyqueparis.com

0315_lovelist_crossstitch_cck_oneuseonlyplus a cheeky, gentle 7 reminder“Drink your juice, Shelby” cross-stitch, $60, Etsy, 619-577-0883

0315_lovelist_book_cck_oneuseonlyFor inspiration, I’m looking to local designer Barbara Westbrook’s new 8 book, Gracious Rooms—Pinterest be damned. Gracious Homes by Barbara Westbrook, $50 (Rizzoli), Bungalow Classic, Westside Urban Market, bungalowclassic.com

0315_lovelist_knife_courtesy_oneuseonlyAs I slowly turn into my mother, I spend more time in the kitchen, the heart of the (even local, artisanal, millennial) home. Athens-based Heartwood Forge, well, forges handsome 9 chefs knives by hand for cutting pesticide-free produce and cheese from humanely raised cows. Heartwood Forge seven- to eight-inch chefs knife, $540, heartwoodforge.com 

0315_lovelist_apron_cck_oneuseonlyThey’d be perfectly accessorized with a 10 waxed-canvas apron . . . and probably a neck beard (not pictured). Sturdy Brothers “Charles” apron, $150, sturdybrothers.com

Artwork: Blue Panel 24 by Sally King Benedict; pendant light, pillow, table, cross-stitch, book, and apron: Caroline C. Kilgore; candle: courtesy of Diptyque; lamp: courtesy of Jana Bek Design; knife: courtesy of Heartwood Forge

This article originally appeared in our March 2015 issue.

The Love List: Dating game

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Dating nags me like a sore muscle. But I’m single, so I do my fair share. Valentine’s Day is more or less a massive national date night, and I have mastered the fine art of dressing for such an occasion.

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Rule one: Keep it simple. The foundation of any good date outfit is a nice, snug pair of 1 dark jeans—one that makes your rear end look like you spent the afternoon on the elliptical. MiH Bonn jeans, $220, Kayce Hughes, Westside Provisions District, kaycehughes.com

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Your 2 top is up to you, but this one from Ann Mashburn can be tied up tight or low, depending on your inclination. Ann Mashburn tie-neck blouse, $325, Westside Provisions District, annmashburn.com 

0215_lovelist_shoe_courtesy_oneuseonly3 Heels are a must. Gianvito Rossi pumps, $660, Jeffrey Atlanta, Phipps Plaza, jeffreynewyork.com

0215_lovelist_scrub_cck_oneuseonlyBut before you shimmy into all of that, prep with 4 Sweet Peach’s full-body scrub Sweet Peach scrub, $20, multiple locations, sweetpeachwax.com

0215_lovelist_opi_courtesy_oneuseonlyand a manicure in a vampy 5 shadeOPI nail polish, $8, Beauty Bar of Buckhead, 3222 Peachtree Road, beautybarofbuckhead.com

0215_lovelist_carafe_courtesy_oneuseonlyOnce you’re gussied up, take your perch at a dimly lit, beautifully appointed spot like the Luminary. I like the 6 St. Germain carafe, which is perfect for sharing. St. Germain carafe, $35, The Luminary, Krog Street Market, theluminaryatl.com

0215_lovelist_radio_courtesy_oneuseonlyBack at your place, set the mood with some serious style and break out 7 Tivoli’s Model One Bluetooth playerTivoli Model One Bluetooth, $260, Room & Board, Westside Provisions District, roomandboard.com

0215_lovelist_throw_cck_oneuseonlyMarket Linen at Westside Market has gorgeous 8 throws, ideal for cuddling under. Linen throw, $55, Westside Market Antiques & Interiors, 1530 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, westsidemarketatl.com

0215_lovelist_bralette_courtesy_oneuseonlyOptimistic? We’ll need some pretty 9 lingerie. True & Co. will customize a fit to your tastes, then send a try-on box to your doorstep. For what may happen after that, I cannot be held accountable. True & Co. “Bryant” bralette, $58, trueandco.com

0215_lovelist_frenchpress_courtesy_oneuseonlySince we are being optimistic, you’ll want to know how they take their coffee. 10 Bodum’s Chambord French press fills the house with fresh-ground fragrance and, most importantly, is easy to bring back to bed. Bodum Chambord French press, 34 oz., $37, Octane Westside, octanecoffee.com

OPI: courtesy of OPI; jeans: courtesy of MiH; Sweet Peach and linen throw: Caroline C. Kilgore; Tivoli: courtesy of Room & Board; pumps: courtesy of Jeffrey New York; Bodum: courtesy of Bodum; bra: courtesy of True & Co.; St. Germain: courtesy of St. Germain; top: courtesy of Ann Mashburn 

This article originally appeared in our February 2015 issue.

The Love List: Hit refresh

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What are we left with come January? Feeling cold and full, mostly.

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1 A. Bar-clay’s cozy cashmere Kate scarf is generously sized—perfect for warmth and obscuring the five-pound “gift” that gingerbread left on your midsection. $550, abarclay-designs.com

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If, by golly, this is the year you lose that five, head to Ona for the 2 Ina Crystal Detox White Gold bath salts, which claim to brew a soak so intense, it’s on par with a three-day juice cleanse. $85, onaatlanta.com

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If you’d rather just do the juice, 3 Roots Juices will deliver kits ITP should you be in a post-Christmas coma. $150 for three days, rootspressedjuices.com

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But nothing suffers more than my skin this time of year, so I’m sneaking up to the new Cosmetic Market at Avalon for some of their exclusive lotions and potions, like the 4 Therapy Systems Intensive Therapy Rx. Promised yourself you’d get organized? $62, thecosmeticmarket.com

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If you’re old-school, there’s no prettier 5 planner than this one by Graphic Image$98, bdjeffries.com

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If you’re more the syncing type, grab 6 Form Function Form’s new iPhone 6 wallet, which packs your everyday carry into a single case. $88, formfunctionform.com

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Stash it in a printed 7 clutch by Very Fine South—the seasonal shades won’t look out of place in a wintertime wardrobe. From $120, veryfinesouth.com

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In preparation for Snowpocalypse, my plans include a  Moncler puffer $2,145, moncler.com

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and 9 Le Chameau Chasseur boots, because good enough for Kate Middleton is good enough for me. $489 by special order, orvis.com

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Speaking of people with nice manners, that reminds me: thank-you notes. Because I’m buying in bulk, now’s not the time for fancy. Waiting on Martha has cute, reasonably priced 10 paper that gets the sentiment across. And hey, happy 2015, Atlanta! $24, shopwaitingonmartha.com

All photographs courtesy of their companies; Scarf: Allyson Busch; Bath salts, iPhone wallet: Caroline C. Kilgore

This article originally appearer in our January 2015 issue.

The Love List: Holiday musings

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As ever, I’ll be throwing my holiday party, and I’ve set the unfortunate precedent of serving fancy cocktails. So now there’s pressure to perform.

1214_lovelistjackrudy_courtesy_oneuseonlyEnter 1 Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.’s new bourbon-soaked cherries for dressing up the old-fashioneds. $16, jackrudy­cocktailco.com

1214_lovelistalbum_courtesy_oneuseonlyParty music’s an important consideration, and Criminal Records has a big batch of 2 holiday re-presses, some of which haven’t been issued on vinyl in decades, like Jackson 5’s Christmas Album. $19, 404-215-9511, criminalatl.com

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For cutting a rug, 3 Lucchese’s pony hair Letizia booties “kill it” without, well, killing me. $795, special order from Onward Reserve, 404-618-0751, onwardreserve.com

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On the table, find 4 Bunny Williams’s new entertaining collection for Ballard Designs, a cheerful set of blue hues made seasonal with a simple sprig of holly. $49–$199, 404-603-7033, ballarddesigns.com

1214_lovelistchampagne_cck_oneuseonlyIf I’m invited to sit at someone else’s table? I try to avoid declarations, but it’s my opinion that the New Year’s Eve hostess gift this year is local artist 5 Maggie Mathews’s super-chic, hand-painted Champagne bottle. $275, by custom order, maggiemathewsart.com

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And for my party date, 6 Brier and Moss’s “Golightly” bow tie, the local company’s Tiffany-blue wink at one very famous ingenue. $50, brierandmoss.com

1214_lovelisthermes_courtesy_oneuseonlyIn the vein of Miss Golightly’s sterling telephone dialer, I can’t think of a gift more delightfully frivolous than 7 Hermès glove clips (give her the 8 gloves, too, silly). Filov gold-plated glove clips, $345; Orange Nervures Droites gloves, $720, 404-233-1011, hermes.com

1214_lovelistcandle_courtesy_oneuseonlyStuck for stocking stuffers? 9 Sydney Hale’s Woods candle smells like a Christmas tree in a jar—no tangled twinkle lights required. $30, Young Blood Boutique, 404-254-4127, youngbloodboutique.com

1214_lovelistclutch_courtesy_oneuseonlyOh, and St. Nick, if I haven’t been too bad this year, 10 Ann Mashburn’s smart clutch-meets-wallet is at the top of my list. $395, Ann Mashburn, 404-350-7132, annmashburn.com

 

All photographs courtesy of their company; Jack Rudy: Squire Fox; Mathews bottle: Caroline C. Kilgore

This article originally appeared in our December 2014 issue.

Old Fourth Distillery begins production of craft vodka, gin

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Photography by Caroline Fontenot

Photograph by Caroline Fontenot

Old Fourth Distillery, a first for Atlanta since R.M. Rose Distiller closed in 1906, began production Monday on its craft vodka and gin. Three tons of sugar were delivered to 487 Edgewood Ave SE. last week to begin the final stage of a years-long labor of love from brothers Jeff and Craig Moore.

“We’re at this moment where we’ve done everything except what we set out to do, which is actually make booze,” Craig says.

The finalized bottle design, produced in collaboration with Buckhead’s The Partnership agency, contains a number of subtle homages to its home city and the industry’s history in Atlanta.

“The font we used for ‘Atlanta’ on the neck label is our nod to the Braves,” Jeff says. “The image on the back of the bottle is being used with permission from Georgia Tech, who owns it—it’s of the Cotton Mill Lofts as it sat over one hundred years ago. We pulled inspiration from elements of the tasting room architecture as well.”

The brothers hope to help revive the distilling industry in Atlanta with a product that meets the standard set before the temperance movement in Georgia.

“We are hoping to do a clean, simple, effective spirit that pays respect to the old ways of doing things, with the newest technology,” Jeff says. “The spirit industry is a rising tide in Atlanta. We know we represent something that’s been lost, so we want to be as much a part of the growing community as we possibly can.”

Represented by United Distributors, Old Fourth Distillery is aiming to have product on shelves by mid-December. Tours and tastings will begin next month

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