Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear

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Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear hanging out in New Orleans in his Billy Reid Canal Coat. Photo by Kate Grace Bauer

Ed Droste of the Brooklyn-based indie rock band Grizzly Bear recently stopped by our flagship store in Florence, Alabama, to visit friends, do a little shopping and, as it turned out, get some tips from Billy himself for the Florence-to-New-Orleans leg of his cross-country road trip. We caught up with him a little further down the road for a quick Q&A and a NOLA photo shoot.

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The Sawyer Peacoat

The Goods

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The exclusive Sawyer Peacoat in natural calf leather. Photo by Abraham Rowe

The Sawyer Peacoat in hair-on calf skin is one of the most exclusive garments ever created in the Billy Reid Heirloom collection. A small swatch of this leather quickly became an inspiration for both the men’s Sawyer Peacoat and the women’s Moto Jacket when designing the FW14 collections.

The material possesses an inherent opulence and natural color variation that lend unique qualities to every coat. Lined in our Woodmont print - one of many custom prints designed in-house - the Sawyer has horn button closure and front flap pocket details.


Extremely limited production and hand-crafted in the United States.
Available now in stores and online.

The Valence Hoodie

The Goods

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The Valence Hoodie, made of a wool and alpaca blend, is new this season in our Heirloom collection. Photo by Abraham Rowe

The new Valence Hoodie from our FW14 Heirloom collection is a lightweight jacket with surprising warmth. We elevated this simple design by using a spun wool and alpaca fleece, lending the type of insulating quality expected in a heavier coat and a plush feel that teeters on the indulgent.

"Many times we find fabrics where our love of texture or hand of the fabric takes over," Billy said. "This boiled curly wool knit had that affect and felt supremely fresh in a hoodie for the season."

Antique brass zipper and grommet details and hand warming double welt pockets make the Valence hoodie an easy new favorite.

Conor Oberst X D Ring Loafer

Well Worn

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Conor Oberst lounges backstage at San Francisco’s historic Fillmore theater in his Billy Reid D Ring loafers. Photo by Kate York

Well Worn gives our friends the chance to share the backstory of their special attachment to a favorite Billy Reid design. This week, singer-songwriter Conor Oberst recounts a vivid memory created while wearing his Billy Reid D Ring loafers. Having taken them on tour and worn them on stage for almost three years, the shoes have practically become an extension of his own feet, and are in dire need of new soles.

As an American singer-songwriter, Conor has been a force since the debut of his self-produced album Water, released on cassette tape in 1993. He’s been a member of several bands since then, though he is best known for his work under the name Bright Eyes and for numerous solo projects. Before his show last week at The Fillmore in San Francisco, we caught up with him backstage to hear a quick tale. He was clad in his D Ring loafers, of course.

As told to the Journal by Conor Oberst

These loafers are very, very comfortable, like slippers. I’ve worn them on tour for a long time. One day, we and the Dawes boys were in Spain, or something, at this weird festival and there were all these little horses down in this pasture. I wanted to pet one, so I hopped the fence and landed in a big pile of horse shit. I was wearing these shoes. We cleaned them off really well but there was a lot of mud and manure. They had to live in the bay of the bus for a few days. They actually don’t look that bad right now…

The Billy Reid D Ring loafers are no longer in production, but our current styles embody the very same, much-loved comfort and durability. Shop loafers and Oxfords here.

The Cyprus Cape

The Goods

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Back detail of the custom jacquard blanket-inspired wool and leather binding of the limited edition Cyprus Cape. Photos by Abraham Rowe

The limited-issue Cyprus Cape is a new design in the Billy Reid FW14 women’s collection, a unique style that embraces the warmth and comfort of a blanket with a sleek cape silhouette.

The Cyprus Cape was inspired by a vintage rain gear piece worn by football players in inclement weather. Billy admired the construction and function of the piece and incorporated many of the lines into his cape design. The wool fabric selection was influenced by the custom jacquard blankets from our current collection. Hand-warming shearling pockets are accessible from both inside and outside of the cape, which also features a hidden zipper and black leather binding details, adding elegance to ease.

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Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury x Made to Measure

Well Worn

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Gregory Alan Thornbury, Ph.D., in his beloved Billy Reid Made To Measure suit. Photos by Josh Wool

Well Worn gives our friends the chance to share the backstory of their special attachment to a favorite Billy Reid design. This week, our friend Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury, Ph.D., ponders the magic of his favorite Billy Reid pinstripe suit, from our Made To Measure custom clothing division.

In the summer of 2013, I moved from Tennessee to become the president of a college at the corner of Broadway and Exchange near Wall Street. In the space of a few weeks, I had to transition from a life of being a professor and dean to a new and different executive role. Since first impressions are important, I knew what I had to do. I picked up the phone and called Shelly Colvin at Billy Reid. It was time to make a Made To Measure appointment to be fitted for a suit. And to this day, every time I put it on, it still feels like my superhero suit.

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The Haviland Moto Jacket

The Goods

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Photo by Abraham Rowe

Our women’s leather collection is by far one of our most loved categories. “We develop our leather pieces in New York City and have made them consistently there for many years now,” Billy said. “That consistency is something we believe in and we are proud of those relationships that continue to thrive.”

The new Haviland Moto Jacket, made of lightweight Italian calfskin, embodies the same sleek fit as the Classic Moto, with feminine tailoring and accents that evoke authentic biker wear.

"The Moto has been a constant in the collections and one of first leather pieces I worked on at William Reid," Billy said, recalling the designs he created for his first namesake company. "It has evolved over the years, but remains a staple. It really is season-less and so versatile."

Grant Brigham of Jones Valley Teaching Farm

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Jones Valley Teaching Farm executive director, Grant Brigham, and farm director Katie Davis on the two-acre urban farm. Photos by Cary Norton

The Jones Valley Teaching Farm sits on two acres of cultivated soil on a city block in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The JVTF’s small, devoted staff grows over 200 varieties of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and educates students from Birmingham City Schools on food and nutrition. The nonprofit organization launched a new program in the spring of 2013 with the first Farm Lab at Oliver Elementary School, effectively moving the farm onto school grounds and establishing an outdoor classroom where core subjects like math and science are taught through hands-on experiences. The Fatback Collective, led by Nick Pihakis of Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ, is hosting a Twilight Supper for JVTF friends and supporters this week. Billy Reid’s music guru, Shelly Colvin, arranged for Nashville-based singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim to play the special event.

The Journal toured the farm and caught up with JVTF executive director Grant Brigham to learn a little more about how Jones Valley is affecting Birmingham’s next generation, both on and off farm grounds.

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The Milk Carton Kids

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The Milk Carton Kids, Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, outside the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville before the AMA awards. Photos by Andrea Behrends

Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale are the harmonizing, wisecracking duo The Milk Carton Kids. Their simple arrangement - two guys, two guitars - strike a balance in contemporary folk that’s not so common in today’s pop-slanted take on the genre. Add polished songwriting to the mix, and we were sold from day one.

Joey and Kenneth are longtime friends of Billy Reid, having worn Billy’s designs on stage for several occasions; in 2013, they performed at our SXSW Shindig in Austin, Texas. This week, they won the Americana Music Association award for “Duo Of The Year.” We feel like proud family.

The Journal caught up with the guys backstage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium before the AMA’s for a brief Q&A.

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Will Farley’s Nashville

Tour Guide

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Native Nashvillian and Billy Reid associate Will Farley in his natural habitat. Photos by Yve Assad

Nashville is a city with a rapidly evolving identity. We have always been an artistic town, but the fields of visual art, fiction, journalism, poetry, and food are growing exponentially; Nashville isn’t just “Music City, U.S.A.” anymore.

Storytelling may be the beating heart of the city. There is the utmost reverence for the power that storytelling holds, this is, after all, a city full of writers. This is why Billy Reid fits so well here. Billy demonstrates a strong respect and commitment to telling stories well through his design and our collaborations with local chefs, the Southern Foodways Alliance, musicians, and artists. Billy is steadfast in his vision of working in and around an artistic community.

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