by Stephen Garner

Tennessee-based Hardwick Clothes, America’s oldest tailored clothing maker, has been announced by Garden & Gun as the style category winner for its sixth annual Made in the South Awards. The awards celebrate and encourage Southern craftsmen making products in six categories: food, drink, style, outdoors, home and crafts. Hardwick Clothes was hand-selected by three-time CFDA Award-winning designer and style category judge Billy Reid.

“Winning this prestigious award from Garden & Gun is proof of our progress. It reinforces the commitment Hardwick made last year to build the best blazer possible,” said Allan Jones, Hardwick Clothes owner and chairman, who saved the company from bankruptcy in June of 2014. (The company has since grown to over 300 employees.) “This blazer represents the essence of Hardwick— American-made quality, style and value. We are honored to bring the award home to Cleveland, Tennessee and share it with the employees that helped make it happen.”

Hardwick’s top-of-the-line blazer featured in Garden & Gun will be limited to a first run of only 250 pieces, and will be offered through select retail partners or can be pre-ordered direct through Hardwick.com for $795. “We’re excited to be in the company of the other five winners and want to thank Billy Reid for recognizing our blazer for this award,” added Hardwick CEO Bruce Belluci. “Made in America manufacturing is becoming increasingly important across all generations from Millennials to Baby Boomers and we’re devoted to continue to make our product here in the States.”

“This summer, we received more than 900 Made in the South Awards submissions. Narrowing down the finalists was a daunting task, but we’re proud to present another incredible roster of talented Southern makers and artisans,” said David DiBenedetto, editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun. “Most importantly, it’s great to see such a robust spirit of entrepreneurship and craftsmanship alive and well in the South.”