Here in the South a tailgate is, among other things, a chance to show off serious style. Oversized jerseys and paper plates? No thanks. We’ll take sundresses in team colors and coordinating table linens. In fact, we’ll take a lot of them. Enough to support a burgeoning cottage industry. Since 2009, dozens of companies manufacturing stylish tailgate goods have popped-up across the region–from fashionable game day attire from the likes of Tru Colors, State Traditions and Pennington & Bailes to team-inspired table-top goods and chandeliers from Go Chic.
The most clever of these new products may just be Haul Couture. The brainchild of Kim Whitaker of Mobile, Alabama the exterior of these smart bags feature trendy geometric patterns (no cheesy mascots here) in sophisticated takes on team colors. But on the inside they are all business (or should we say tailgate?) with insulation, a sturdy base and a boxy build that allows users to stack cookie sheets, casserole dishes and more to ensure their goodies arrive to the pre-game festivities in one piece and look good while doing it.
Giveaway: We’ve teamed up with Haul Couture to give one lucky winner their very own collegiate bag. To enter vote in our South’s Best Tailgate Competition and then post your signature tailgate dish in the comments field below. The person who shares the yummiest sounding dish will win the bag. See contest rules.