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    Dispatches From The Sporting Gent - The Elements Of Southern Style

    Dispatches From The Sporting Gent - The Elements Of Southern Style

    Bright and loud isn’t what most people equate with the South, but when it comes to southern style, that’s a whole different story. The South has been putting East Coast prep in check for years, challenging the old traditions of polos paired with khakis and loafers, with it’s own stylish takes. The Sporting Gent hand picks the best brands to keep you looking sharp for the coming warmer months.


    For daily causal wear, Southern prep starts off with a bright pastel polo, like the Johnnie-O Bunker Polo, lightweight with cool fabric for those hot days. Pair that with the essential pair of khakis like the Fish Hippie Stretch Twill Drift Short, and Sebago loafers, and you're set for an afternoon in Charlotte and a laid back dinner at Good Food on Montford.


    For the more dressy approach, stand out from the crowd with the feather bow tie from Brackish Bow Ties, sure to turn heads at the next cocktail party. As part of the get-up, don't forget the classic Blue Oxford from Charlotte’s own Ole Mason Jar, and a Sporting Gent Navy Blazer, classy, refined, and American made to boot!


    If the beach is in your near future, outfitting yourself with a good pair of AFTCO M01s, a new Collared Greens button-down, and a classy La Matera woven belt wouldn’t be complete without the greatest flip flops ever made by the fine folks at Hari Mari.


    The right outfit and the perfect style defines the southern gentleman and The Sporting Gent is right there to help you dress for the occasion.

    Pilgrimage of Sporting Perfection - A QC Magazine Explorer Dispatch

    Pilgrimage of Sporting Perfection - A QC Magazine Explorer Dispatch

    Every President’s Day weekend since the inaugural event in 1983, a congregation of the sporting faithful have amassed in Charleston for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. They flood this historic Southern city to bare witness to the muster of artists, artisans, outfitters and experts all dedicated to spreading the gospel of the sporting life.  The annual trip, 33-years running for some, is akin to a pilgrimage.

    Now, one could write a lofty and pithy sermon about the comparison to the faithful and the Hajj, or the comparison to the annual migration of waterfowl along the flyways.  And the quality of the vendors, soirees, and events are worthy of such a written performance.  SEWE is a collection of well-sewn waxed cotton and tweed.  Abundant with hats rimmed with the iridescent coloring of pheasant feathers.  Hallmarks of an event, which to some, is the highlight of their year and certainly the highlight of this author’s.

    As a proprietor of a sporting-oriented company, we display our goods, chat and mingle with new folks just like the other vendors who fill the myriad of venues ranging from edge to edge of the city’s borders. From the black tie galas to the oyster roasts, there is no shortage of opportunity for long-time friends to reconvene in one of the South’s most apt settings.  But the air of the event is more than just the interaction of purveyor and consumer, it’s an opportunity for the senses.  It’s the materialization of a passion a community of hobbyists and professionals hold for a lifestyle which has taught me and others countless lessons.

    In a Field of Dreams-esque trance, you find yourself wandering from location to location, admiring the sights and sounds, taking the opportunity to absorb every piece of cognitive input the Exposition has to offer.  During your travels throughout the venues, the touch of the crisp air of a February afternoon is cut by the throngs of other patrons all moving in a pattern which could only be compared to that of school of feeding game fish.  Your visual sense is thrown into overload by the endless displays of wildlife art curated by some of the country’s most talented hands.  You’re intrigued and amazed by the athletic prowess of the four-legged companions during their coordinated display.  And in a combination of wonderment and satisfaction, the day comes to a close with the senses satisfied and at the same time eager for another dose next year.

    Have a Field Day - a QC Magazine Explorer Dispatch

    ....Recounting the day’s events to those that would lend an ear, it reminded me of one salient fact: The sporting life is more than just the rousing flush of a covey.  It’s a field day.  And I just had one.

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