MAKERS TO WATCH
Often we find ourselves endlessly searching high and low through some small-town shop—you know, the one so-n-so’s momma’s cousin’s friend said is the place to go? With no luck, we next pick through the countless farmers markets, flea markets, and good ole Southern festivals, all in search of that original piece to add to our collection—a piece rich with history, handcrafted by the kind, hardworking hands of a Southern maker. A piece with a heartbeat. A meaning. A story.
Say goodbye to fruitless hunts. We have combed through the Southern states for individuals who have grit. Makers with a passion to create. Each maker has a unique story, and we are excited to share the best of them with you.
We have curated a limited collection of handmade Southern gifts and made them all available at your fingertips. To discover each Maker’s personal story and purchase a true piece of Southern art, download our app, The Merc curated by Good Grit.
We have curated a limited collection of handmade Southern gifts and made them all available at your fingertips. To hear each Maker’s personal story and purchase a true piece of Southern art, download our app, The Merc curated by Good Grit.
Maker: Adam Trest
Items: Dashing Through the Snow Pillow
The talented Adam Trest creates hand-painted masterpieces in pillow form. Adam’s pillows are the gift that will add warmth to every home and extend hospitality to every guest. Capture the character of the South by adding a couple of Adam Trest pillows to your home decor.
Black Sheep Goods
Maker: Ashley Owens
Item: DIY Tapestry Weaving Kit
Create a masterpiece with the ones you love and be filled an overwhelming peace during the process. Weaving brings a sense of calmness to Black Sheep Goods owner, Ashley Owens. Ashley believes it is important to escape the madness of our busy lives, and weaving is how she does it. Created to bring joy and peace, Black Sheep Goods’ DIY Tapestry Weaving Kit helps everyone hit pause and get lost in the true art of weaving.
Go Forth Goods
Maker: Nathan Martin
Item: Avery Tote Large
Have you ever had a leather bag break on you? Go Forth Goods was born from owner Nathan Martin’s frustration of a leather bag breaking while packing for a family vacation. Nathan set out to make durable, high quality leather bags that everyone can use. Made in Georgia, these bags are built endure the adventurous spirit and to last a lifetime.
Maker: Michael Stricklin
Item: Aviator Mug
Durable and built to handle the rigors of everyday use, Loyal Stricklin leather goods are the perfect fit for the man in your life. When you purchase one of their products, a portion of each sale goes to the International Justice Mission, which battles human trafficking in developing nations.
Maker: Lucy Farmer
Item: Inspire to Give Braclet and Necklace Set
Have you ever met someone so kind, she would give you the shirt off her back? Her name is Lucy Farmer. Owner of Lucy’s Inspired, she has always had a heart of giving. She created Inspire to Give to encourage others to inspire hope, happiness and unity. With each Inspire to Give purchase, you receive two products—one to wear and one to give away. This line was designed to break down the walls built by class, race and gender—to change the perspective of how others view the world, one act of kindness at a time.
Nash and Jones
Maker: Kimberly Rohwer
Item: Nourish Set
Finally, a skincare company that is transparent about their ingredients. Every Nash and Jones nourishes the skin with all natural ingredients and a pleasing aroma of essential oils. Treat your skin during and after you dip into your relaxing bubble bath with their Nourish Set. Your skin will feel like a baby’s bottom after you exfoliate and hydrate with Nash and Jones all natural products.
Maker: Billy Borland
A cap that represents your roots, history and pride. Proudly made in Alabama, State Republic is centered around state pride and personal style. No matter where you are, these caps serve as a reminder that you are never too far from home.
Maker: Ashley Stamoulis
Items: Subscription Boxes
SUTHINGIRL explores the South, discovering makers with a story and products with style and soul, then delivers that Southern magic right to your doorstep each season inside the SUTHINSTYLE BOX. Look Good, Feel Good: because giving back is always in style, SUTHINGIRL donates 20% from the sale of every box to nonprofit organizations. Visit SUTHINGIRL.COM for a look at this season’s box!
Ashley Stamoulis was born and raised amidst the moss-draped oaks and saltwater marshes of Savannah, Georgia. She is founder of the lifestyle brand SUTHINGIRL, creator of the SUTHINSTYLE BOX, and a celebrated resource on southern style and an impassioned ambassador for the South. Like generations of her family before her, Ashley is happiest surrounded by makers and entrepreneurs, knee-deep in a good collaboration.