Our “Some Thoughts From” series – an aggregation of thoughts from around the web from our favorite industry insiders – is back. Up first: Council of Fashion Designers of America Award-winning designer, Billy Reid, who is known for his Southern-inspired sportswear. Splitting time between New York and Alabama, where he maintains stores (in addition to a dozen self-owned stores in Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin Charleston, etc.), and design studios, Reid is a success story. His brand, which offers both men’s and womenswear, is based on local manufacturing and high quality construction. Here are some of his thoughts on style, building a wardrobe, white after Labor Day and more …
Style advice: Buy quality over quantity. Select pieces you feel comfortable wearing.
On building a forever wardrobe: Choosing versatile pieces that can be mixed - tailored and casual and denim - can be a good starting point.
About his brand: I design things I want to wear and that fit into my likes and dislikes and my life. I like natural things, so we use no synthetics throughout the collection. I like the outdoors and getting my hands dirty. I am a traditionalist at heart, like old-fashioned techniques and have a fond love of antiques.
On wearing white after Labor Day: My mother would say absolutely not! However, I’ve used linen mixed with wool for certain washed techniques that seem right for early fall. White, other than a shirt, is probably a stretch unless you’re in West Palm.
On what he learned in design school: I learned more like the terminology. Not really the technical side of how something is made—especially in tailored clothing. The guts of that kind of stuff was more from the guys at the store I worked at while in school. I was working full-time selling suits, and going to school, and that kept me out of trouble. I just kept working my way up and learning, and did a ton of made-to-measure suits.