Billy Reid

One of the other places we went downtown in Florence was to the new Billy Reid location at 114 N. Court Street. It is just *lovely* inside:

It’s mentioned in Interview magazine:

Billy Reid loves a good party. So last weekend the CFDA-winning designer, known for his Southern-inspired sportswear, rolled out the requisite hospitality—small-batch bourbon, shrimp and cheese grits, and his band, the Seersuckers—to celebrate the the opening of his flagship boutique in Florence, Alabama.

And an article in Esquire last month:

All you need to know about Billy Reid’s approach to style can be gleaned from a few minutes in one of his stores. The walls will be decorated with antique oil paintings and sepia-toned photographs, gilded-frame mirrors and mounted stag heads. The salespeople will smile and offer you a glass of bourbon or sweet tea, and the shelves and racks will hold seersucker blazers and linen trousers, frayed work shirts and selvage-denim jeans. The music will be twangy. And if you’re in the flagship store in Florence, Alabama, you might even run into Reid himself, bull*****ing and backslapping with buddies, because Florence, Alabama, is where this designer of Southern-accented suits and sportswear chooses to live. “I was raised in the South and I live in the South,” Reid says. “So I guess my clothes do have that vibe.”

Makes me want to go back right now! Ah, he does have some fabulous seersucker…
Besides the flagship in Florence, he also has shops in New York, Nashville, Charleston, Charlotte, Dallas, and Houston. The website is here.
Oh! And thanks to my friend Alan for letting me know there’s feature about the Billy Reid shop in NY at the NYT here.
I just got Av a new seersucker suit (Ralph Lauren – they were *really, really* on sale, I guess because the shops are already getting their fall clothes in) and was thinking about getting him another couple of ties. He has a couple of ties by Southern Proper (the cotton boll and the oyster one) but now I see bunches of others I like…crawfish, mint julep

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