Shindig No. 6

August 15 & 16, 2014


It’s that time of year again.

For the past six summers, the Billy Reid Shindig has welcomed hundreds of friends, family, and fans to The Shoals, Alabama, for a weekend of music, food, fashion, and community. (To get a taste of what happened last year, check this out.)

Today, we’re excited to announce the dates for the 2014 edition of our annual warm-weather gathering, slated to take place just a few short weeks from now, on Friday & Saturday, August 15 & 16.

To celebrate our company’s tenth anniversary, Shindig 2014 will be a time to recognize achievements and toast new beginnings, in the good company of our extended family and friends. Among them are some of the country’s top chefs and musicians, including this year’s headliners: Wild Cub with The Apache Relay, who will play Shindig’s headlining concert event at the historic Shoals Theater on Friday night.

Keep an eye on your email inbox, and Billy Reid social media channels for an expanded schedule to post sometime over the next few weeks. And watch the Journal for exclusive Shindig 6 content featuring our esteemed guests.

Until then, you can get a head start on the weekend by buying advance tickets to see Wild Cub with The Apache Relay here. Don’t wait too long: these shows sell out - just ask Alabama Shakes, who sold out the house when they played to a capacity crowd as headliners at Shindig 4.

See you next month!

Classic Moto + Romy Monkstrap

As Worn By: Caroline Allison


Caroline Allison wears our Classic Moto jacket. Photos by Andrea Behrends

A few weeks ago, we snagged some friends to photograph for our second As Worn By series, in which Billy Reid customers model selections from the current collection. Bonnaroo was the uniting factor, providing the perfect excuse for us to invite friends and musicians together for a bowling invitational at The Pinewood Social as they rolled through Nashville on their way to the music fields of Manchester, Tennessee.

This post marks the first of several that will highlight key pieces from the Billy Reid SS14 collection worn by our friends that evening and photographed by Andrea Behrends.

Name: Caroline Allison

Occupation: Photographer

Hometown: Atlanta

Wearing: the Classic Moto Jacket in Navy and the Romy Monk Strap

Her personal style: If I could live in a uniform I would. I basically wear the same thing every day – a button down shirt and jeans - with sandals in the summer and boots in the winter.

Years in Nashville and current ‘hood: I moved to Nashville in 2006. I live in the 12 South neighborhood with my husband Nick and two kiddos.

Favorite Nashville music experience: That’s hard to choose in this town but I would say it’s a toss up between John Prine’s Christmas party at the Station Inn or Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam at the Ryman.

Favorite weekend activity in Nashville: Our weekend activities are a little narrower in scope then they used to be, with a two year old and an 8 month old. But, we usually hit the flea market on the 4th weekend of the month. Walk down 12th for coffee on our way to Sevier Park with a stop at Las Paletas for popsicles, working in the garden, cocktails on the porch with friends.

New discovery we might not know about: The new Barista Parlor opening next month in the Gulch is going to be a great hang.

Three words that describe Nashville: Mythological, Inspiring, Authentic


Tim Coppens



Designer Tim Coppens, winner of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 2014 Swarovski Award for Menswear, in his studio in lower Manhattan. Photos by Chad Davis

In early June of 2001, Billy received the first of three honors he’s received from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA): the Perry Ellis Award for Menswear, presented to an “emerging” U.S.-based designer who CFDA members agreed show great talent and exceptional promise in the fashion industry.

"The Perry Ellis Award really changed our expectations," says Billy, who won for the menswear designs for William Reid, his first fashion company. "It helped build a tremendous foundation of relationships for us. The CFDA does such wonderful things for our industry and for up-and-coming designers, and I’m not sure where we would be without their continued support."

Thirteen years later, Belgian designer Tim Coppens is feeling much the same way. Earlier this month, at the 2014 CFDA Awards ceremony – a gala event widely referred to as the “fashion Oscars,” held each June at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall - Tim picked up the modern-day equivalent of Billy’s earliest industry honor, now called the Swarovski Award for Menswear. (The Austrian gemstone company replaced Perry Ellis as sponsor of the honor several years ago.)

Born and raised in Belgium, Tim is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. After graduation in 1998, he worked with various luxury and sports-performance fashion brands before founding his own label in 2011.


The Stadium Blanket

Billy’s Design Notes


Billy demonstrates how to fold the Stadium Blanket into a packable tote bag. Photos by Bradley Dean

Part blanket, part bag, and fully totable, our Stadium Blanket is an informed collision of form and function. Used as a bag, it offers an easy way to pack for a festival, picnic, beach or camping trip that doubles as a ground cover. Because it’s such a unique blend, the Journal asked Billy to share some design notes on the Stadium Blanket, a limited edition item currently available in our summer collection. Here’s what he had to say.

The idea to create a piece like the Stadium Blanket was one I had toyed with off and on for a few years. For the past few summers, Jeanne and I have had the pleasure of attending Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, and I often found myself needing something like the Stadium Blanket there. Newport can be chilly and damp even in July and I wanted a blanket that could handle the wet ground and keep us dry as we moved around from stage to stage. I also wanted something to carry around our belongings - rain ponchos, sweaters, sunscreen, T-shirts we’d purchased at the festival.


Shelly Colvin X Bleached Denim Workshirt

Well Worn


Our very own Shelly Colvin rehearses in Los Angeles in some of her favorite Billy Reid staple pieces. Photos by Abigail Ross.

"Well Worn" gives our friends the chance to share the back-story of their special attachment to a favorite Billy Reid item. This week, our music events and artist relationship guru Shelly Colvin tells us about her love for the Billy Reid bleached denim workshirt.

These photos were taken during a session that was intended to feature the style of my friends Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes (Spoiler alert: stay tuned to the Journal to read that piece later this summer). We were in Los Angeles at the Alley, a legendary rehearsal space, preparing for my Stagecoach performance, and the photographer was there to capture shots of them in action. At the time, I had no idea I was being photographed. However these shots do capture me in a very honest, natural state…. in a rehearsal, wearing my most comfortable clothes: a Billy Reid bleached denim work shirt, jeans and roper boots.

I don’t like fussy clothes. I prefer simple, comfortable fabrics and shapes that allow me to make a statement through accessories. I believe clothing shouldn’t take away from our natural beauty, but should subtly drape the body and allow 
room for individuality. We are all canvases.


The Flora Shirt

As Worn By: Sarah Pedinotti


Sarah Pedinotti, wearing the Flora shirt from our SS/14 women’s collection, on Bond Street in New York City. Photograph by Nina Westervelt

The sixth post in a series celebrating key pieces from the Billy Reid SS14 collection, worn by friends and customers of our New York City shop and photographed by Nina Westervelt. Today, musician Sarah Pedinotti wears our Flora shirt, which features a geometric mustard and white scarf print.

Name: Sarah Pedinotti

Occupation: Front woman for the Brooklyn-based experimental pop band Lip Talk. (New York friends might recognize Sarah from our Bond Street store, where she works part-time.)

Wearing: Our Flora shirt in a gold scarf print, with our Maxine pant and Lena dress layered as an overcoat. Says Sarah: “Jimi Hendrix would probably wear this, so that’s awesome.”

Her style: “Norm-core meets a creepy preschooler who believes in magic and superheroes and just learned to dress herself.”

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Three words that describe your relationship with the City: Delicious, nutritious, carcinogen.

Her neighborhood and why she loves it: “I live in the industrial zone on the border of Greenpoint and Bushwick/East Williamsburg. The scrap metal shops and stray cats are pretty friendly. But really, the old trees in McGolrick Park have the most redemptive quality. When I see them, I like living here.”

A great “only in New York” experience you’ve had recently: “There was something very New York about meeting Kenny Wolleson for the first time. He’s an incredible drummer/percussionist/artist who, since the early ’90s has been a huge part of NYC’s avant-garde, downtown jazz, punk and everything-in-between music scene, playing with Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Ricky Lee Jones, John Zorn, and many, many more. He’s also in Sex Mob. Anyway, one night I unexpectedly got a call from a drummer friend, Jeremy Gustin, asking if I’d like to have dinner in the West Village with him and Kenny. I’m biased, obviously, but real musicians are often very interesting humans, and Kenny is the real deal: very humble and kind, but so creative and badass.”

Kristen Vanderveen’s Charleston

Tour Guide


Kristen and Ditka on one of their daily walks. Photos by Andrew Cebulka

I am new to Charleston. After living in Austin, Texas, for almost eight years, I questioned whether any place could capture my heart as thoroughly as that city had. Then I arrived in the Holy City and discovered the spectacular intersection of historical and progressive culture there.

I hear it when I step out of the Billy Reid store on to King Street and a horse drawn carriage goes clip-clopping by. I see it when I walk my dog, Ditka, past the stained glass windows of St. John’s Cathedral. I taste it when I sit with my girlfriends and share our favorite bourbon cocktails and an out-of-this-world burger.

Above all, Charleston is about the love of her people. I encountered that love for the first time last February when Shelby Hightower, our regional director, brought me to town and whisked me away to a bonfire on Sullivan’s beach. We sat for hours around the flames, listening to the rolling Atlantic Ocean tide, chatting about fashion and my need to attend an oyster roast. That experience introduced me to the beauty of the city and the even greater beauty of the people who call it their home.

I’ve been in Charleston for almost a year now, and even though I’m still exploring its nuances, I already have an extensive list of favorite things to eat, do and see.

Below, enjoy them – and my new hometown, Charleston.

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The Broken Stripe Heirloom Sweater

As Worn By: Chad Davis


Chad Davis, photographed in the Broken Stripe Crew Sweater from our SS/14 Heirloom collection, on Bond Street in New York City. Photograph by Nina Westervelt

The fifth post in a series celebrating key pieces from the Billy Reid SS14 collection, worn by friends and customers of our New York City shop and photographed by Nina Westervelt. Today, Brooklyn-based photographer Chad Davis - one of our frequent collaborators - wears the 100-percent cotton Broken Stripe Crew Sweater from our American-made Heirloom collection.

Name: Chad Davis

Occupation: Photographer

Wearing: The Broken Stripe Crew Sweater from our U.S.-made Heirloom collection. “I love the throwback colors and pattern on this sweater. It just seems to have good vibes. I was drawn to it first-thing when I saw it in the Bond Street store.”

His style: "I go for looks that are All-American, Southern rock-inspired with a lot of vintage finds - and that often includes a hat."

Hometown: Landis, North Carolina - “about an hour north of Charlotte.”

Years in NYC: "I just celebrated my second year here!"

Three words that describe his relationship with the City: Love. Hustle. Inspiration.

His neighborhood and why he loves it: “I live in Williamsburg (cue the bearded-guy-in-Williamsburg eye roll from all the Manhattanites reading this). My favorite thing about my neighborhood is a bar called Skinny Dennis. It’s a little slice of Nashville, where I used to live, a few blocks from my apartment. I go to listen to the awesome live bluegrass and old-school country bands and to drink their famous bourbon-mint sweet tea. Catch me on the right night and I will take the bartender for a spin on the dance floor!”

Last great “only in New York” experience: "I recently had a day when I went to brunch, then to MOMA, then the Whitney (with a few day-drinks in between), followed by a fancy dinner then a night to see a friend’s band play. Only in NYC can you be this indulgent and do so much in one day!”

The Apache Relay x Roderick Bailey

Fan Club


Roderick Bailey (left) and The Apache Relay. photos by Andrea Behrends

Some of the musicians who take part in Fan Club have to think for a few seconds to come up with suggestions for the chef with whom they’d like to be paired. Not so for Michael Ford Jr., lead singer of the celebrated Nashville band The Apache Relay, which released its self-titled third album last month. He knew exactly with whom he wanted to exchange “burning questions.”

"The first chef that came to mind was Rod,” Michael says, referring to Roderick Bailey, the chef/owner of the cozy East Nashville restaurant The Silly Goose. “Since it opened five years ago, The Silly Goose has been one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the country.”

Michael was keen to use the Fan Club format to find out more about the man who’s been serving him and his brother Ben SG’s signature couscous and sandwiches (inside sources say the brothers are fans of Lyle’s Surprise and The Bird) since just after the restaurant opened. “Having only met Roderick briefly in the past, I have always been curious to hear how his creative process works and what kind of experiences along the way have influenced him. Away we go…”


The Grenna Cuff Top

As Worn By: Soa Davies


Soa Davies wears the camellia-print Grenna top from our spring/summer 2014 collection. Photo by Nina Westervelt.

This post is the fourth in a series celebrating key pieces from the Billy Reid SS14 collection, worn by friends and customers of our New York City store and photographed by Nina Westervelt. This week’s installment spotlights our Grenna blouse, which is available in solids and patterns, including the distinctive camouflage-esque floral print seen here, a Billy Reid exclusive developed by our in-house design team.

Name: Soa Davies

Occupations: Chef, cookbook author, and hospitality consultant

Wearing: Our camellia print Grenna blouse. “I love the feminine color and shape mixed with the camo print.”

Her style: Comfortable and elegant.

Hometown: Nowhere and everywhere: “I grew up as an army brat.”

Years in NYC: “Eight – this time around.”

Three words that describe her relationship with the City: Food, art, social.

Her neighborhood and why she loves it: The West Village. “I love the mix of old New York and the new, all of the characters, and especially Washington Square Park.”

Last great “only in New York” experience: “I bumped into a friend I had not seen in years coming out of a cab as I was getting into it. I ended up losing the cab to someone else when we stopped to talk!”