Hardwick Clothes, which was purchased out of bankruptcy by Cleveland, Tenn., businessman Allan Jones in 2014, has been named the Style category winner at Garden & Gun’s sixth annual Made in the South Awards. The awards celebrate Southern craftsmanship in six categories: food, drink, outdoors, home, crafts and style.
Billy Reid, a three-time CFDA Award winner based in Alabama, selected Hardwick for the honor. The winning look is a classic navy blazer in Italian wool with a Bemberg jacquard lining.
“Winning this prestigious award from Garden & Gun…reinforces the commitment Hardwick made last year to build the best blazer possible,” said Jones, Hardwick’s owner and chairman. “This blazer represents the essence of Hardwick — American-made quality, style and value. We are honored to bring the award home to Cleveland, Tenn., and share it with the employees that helped make it happen.”
Hardwick employs 300, up from the 215 that worked for the company after the sale.
The blazer will be limited to a first run of only 250 pieces, and offered through select retail partners or directly from hardwick.com for $795.
“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.”
Hardwick bills itself as the oldest American tailored clothing manufacturer and was founded in 1880 by C.L. Hardwick.