Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
With their second book, The Home Edit Life, on sale this September; a Technicolor Instagram account with 1.5 million followers (and counting); a partnership with the Container Store; celeb clients, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, and the Kardashians; and a twelve-episode television series produced by Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine, the Nashville-based home organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin have turned the process of adding order and style to the messiest rooms of your house into a movement. Since opening their business in 2015, they’ve built their reputation on a knack for making serviceable spaces—refrigerators, laundry rooms, pantries, closets, even bathroom cabinets—sparkle, thanks to an eye for detail and great design.
In the six years since the chef Maneet Chauhan and her husband and business partner, Vivek Deora, moved from Chicago to Nashville, the pair has launched four of Music City’s most popular restaurants: Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tansuo, the Mockingbird, and most recently, Chaatable, which introduces Nashville diners to the Indian street food of their childhoods. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chauhan also serves as a permanent judge on Food Network’s series Chopped and is the author of the award-winning cookbook Flavors of My World. Her latest cookbook, Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India, is set for a fall 2020 release.
Born in Zweibrücken, Germany, the barman Joseph Stinchcomb is making his mark a world away: in Oxford, Mississippi, where he began working in restaurants shortly after graduating from the University of Mississippi in 2013. In 2016, the restaurateur Emily Blount scooped him up to run the bar program at Saint Leo, Oxford’s acclaimed Italian-focused neighborhood restaurant, which has been named a semifinalist for two James Beard Awards, for Best New Restaurant (2017) and for Outstanding Bar Program (2019). When he’s not mixing creative takes on classic cocktails or discussing the history of African American bartenders with patrons, Stinchcomb enjoys green Chartreuse and collecting comic books.
Ashley Vermillion Webb
Raleigh, North Carolina
Fifteen years ago, Ashley Vermillion Webb opened her women’s clothing boutique, Vermillion, at the intersection of high fashion and entertaining. Built on personal relationships with clients and big-name designers such as Texas native Lela Rose and Carolina Herrera head Wes Gordon, Webb brought luxury international women’s wear to Raleigh—and made shopping at Vermillion a one-of-a-kind experience. The styling services offered by Webb and her team, along with the shop’s series of successful trunk shows and fashion shows, create a sense of community at Vermillion, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year with a brand-new flagship store.
Lyford Cay, Bahamas
Raised in Palm Beach, the internationally lauded interior designer Amanda Lindroth worked in London, Paris, and New York City before returning to her island roots with a relocation to Nassau. In the Bahamas, she honed the breezy, sophisticated resort style that has become her signature and founded Lindroth Design in 2010. Her aesthetic—English antiques, rattan and cane, colorful patterns, and canvas upholstery—has spawned two retail locations in Palm Beach and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as a branded line of tabletop accessories sold online and in stores. Her first book, Island Hopping, was released in September 2018.
T. Edward Nickens
G&G contributing editor and author
Raleigh, North Carolina
An expert sportsman and the author of a collection of outdoor guides, including The Total Outdoorsman Manual, T. Edward Nickens puts his vast knowledge of the outdoors to good use as he makes his tenth appearance as a Made in the South Awards judge. A frequent writer for Garden & Gun—assignments have taken him from the quail fields of the South Carolina Lowcountry to the mountains of Honduras—Nickens also contributed to the magazine’s book S Is for Southern.