M.K. Quinlan

A New Day for Duck Head

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJuly 7, 2014

It was 1978 when the first pair of Duck Head chinos hit shelves at the campus store at the University of Mississippi, igniting a trend that would last for the next fifteen years. The khakis—complete with their iconic yellow logo—became part of the Southern frat boy uniform in the eighties, alongside popped collars and braided belts. But the company’s history actually goes back much further, almost 150 years in fact. And now, Duck Head is returning with a renewed focus on its Southern roots. 

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The Original Seersucker Suit is Back

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorJune 11, 2014

Pull out your summer stripes. Today is National Seersucker Day, and this year, fans of the South’s iconic fabric have a lot to celebrate. Haspel, the New Orleans label that introduced the seersucker suit to the South in 1909, has officially relaunched the brand just in time for the summer season under the tutelage of Laurie Haspel Aronson, the great-granddaughter of the company’s founder.

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Celebrating the Southern Drive-In

By M.K. QuinlanBelow the LineJune 6, 2014

In the 1950s, more than 4,000 drive-in theaters were scattered across the U.S. Today, with competition from IMAX 3D and streaming video, not to mention the cost of constantly changing technology, fewer than 400 are still in operation. But don’t count them out just yet. In honor of National Drive-In Day, we’re spotlighting two Southern drive-ins—one new and one old—that are taking innovative approaches to keeping the tradition alive.

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A Better Beach Chair

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 23, 2014

After fifteen years spent in the beach services industry, carting chairs and umbrellas day-in and day-out, Brad McDowell became unusually familiar with the flaws of cheap construction. Low-grade materials, paired with 248 days of sun, sand, saltwater, meant that McDowell and his Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, staff spent the majority of the down season fixing chairs. In 2012, McDowell started Sunrise Chair Co. with the simple goal of building a chair that could stand up to the elements.

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Last-Minute Gifts for the Southern Mother

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMay 6, 2014

If you haven’t settled on the perfect Mother’s Day present yet, we’ve got you covered with a list of Southern-inspired gifts, from a cozy gingham pajama set to a stylish strand of Charleston rice beads. And they can all be delivered before Sunday—provided you don’t dawdle.

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The Home Bar Heats Up

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 16, 2014

Judging from the slew of serving carts, free-standing bars, and bottle-friendly armoires at last week’s High Point market, it seems home entertaining is more popular than ever. Held bi-annually in High Point, North Carolina, the market offers a sneak peek at new furniture designs, which means home bartenders will have lots of options this year for serving spirits in style. 

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The New Hickory Stripe

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorApril 9, 2014

Hickory stripe has long been synonymous with durable workwear. Though it was originally used as a cover for pillows and mattresses (the thick fabric prevented feathers from poking through), industrious railroad wives began making caps and other clothing out of the textile. Before long, it caught on with farmers, mechanics, and others who needed clothing that could hold up to hard use.

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Silo-Style: A Twist on the Hunt Cabin

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 20, 2014

Brothers Rehan and Josh Nana have spent thirty years chasing quail and pheasant on their family’s three-hundred acre ancestral farmland in Missouri. The only problem? With nothing but derelict barns and abandoned outbuildings on the property, the brothers had nowhere to bed down for the night. “We’re from Kansas City originally,” Rehan says, “so when we were younger, Josh and I would load up some barbecue and drive out for the day. But we didn’t have a place to stay, which made for some long drives home.” 

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Heirloom Obsession: Enid Collins Handbags

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorMarch 8, 2014

On a recent antiquing excursion to Charleston's Six Mile Antique Mall, I was drawn to the back corner by a cluster of jewel-encrusted handbags. Wild with color and whimsical drawings, the purses had a kitschy glamour that had me hooked from several strides away. When I got close enough to read the words painted on the front of each bag–Money Tree, Road Runner, Humdinger–I realized I’d stumbled on the work of a designer with a sense of humor. Her name was Enid Collins.

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Mardi Gras's Master Mask Maker

By M.K. QuinlanBelle DecorFebruary 25, 2014

Dollar-a-dozen beads and plastic disguises may be the norm on Bourbon Street these days. But for a true work of art that looks just as good on the wall as it does worn on parade, consider the beautiful Mardi Gras masks of Venice, Italy’s Franco Cecamore.

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