Billy’s Design Notes


Fall/Winter 2014 prints are designed in-house and are featured on several pieces in both the men’s and women’s collections. Photos by Fred Mitchell

Our prints are designed in-house, and for the Fall/Winter 2014 collection, they play a more prominent role than ever before in both the men’s and women’s collections. Billy works closely with textile designer Drew Botts in our Florence design studio to carry the first hint of an idea through the process of developing from original pattern to printed fabrics to finished garment.


Tom Colicchio

Made To Measure


Tom Colicchio, wearing a custom suit from Billy Reid’s Made To Measure program, takes a breather in the lounge at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles before leaving for the Emmy Awards ceremony on Monday, August 25. Photo by Amy Dickerson

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio has long been a Billy Reid fan. He’s worn Billy’s designs on television and in his personal life for years, and for the 2014 Emmys ceremony this evening, he chose to have a Billy Reid suit custom made through our Made To Measure program.

A few short weeks ago, Tom was filming an episode of “Top Chef” - for which he has been nominated in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category many times, including this year, with a win in 2010 - a couple of blocks from our New York City Bond Street store. After the wrap, he stopped in and a Billy Reid associate took measurements, suggested fabrics and sent a rush order out to our factory in Boston. The fashion world all but shuts down for the month of August, so our production team had to perform a small miracle to get Tom’s suit patterned, cut and sewn in time for the big event.


Shindig No. 6

Last weekend, Billy Reid celebrated another year of fashion, food, music and friendship at our annual Shindig celebration. Hundreds of guests descended on The Shoals for the fun, which kicked off on Friday afternoon with music in Florence’s Wilson Park, featuring Dan Dyer, Dylan Leblanc, T. Hardy Morris, Nikki Lane and the legendary Donnie Fritts. Headliners Wild Cub and The Apache Relay played the Shoals Theater later that evening. Saturday morning started with a hearty cajun-inspired Big Bad Breakfast by our friend Chef John Currence followed by a panel discussion about the intersection of food and fashion with guests Ashley Christensen, Kerry Diamond, Billy Reid, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. Drolly titled “Chicken & Dressing,” it was moderated by John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Barbecue by Jim ‘n Nicks fed hungry guests at the lake party Saturday afternoon at the lovely home of the very generous Allan Rappuhn. An after-party candlelight performance by Phosphorescent and the mother-son team of Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear finished out the weekend.

Highlights from Shindig No. 6 are captured in this short film by our Court Street neighbor Wes Wages of Armosa Studios.


Billy Reid’s Florence

Tour Guide


Billy sits outside Pegasus Records on Tennessee Street. Photos by Abraham Rowe

As we ready ourselves for Shindig No. 6 this weekend, we wanted to share some of our favorite restaurants, music venues, shops, and things to do and see in and around Florence. There are many reasons Billy established his flagship store and corporate offices in North Alabama, and a strong-knit community is definitely one of them. As you see from our list of independently owned and operated businesses, many of the proprietors are friends with a shared vision for building and maintaining our beloved Shoals. Here’s a brief guide to our Florence, Alabama (and beyond).


Danny Clinch

Shindig Special: Craftsman


Danny Clinch gives his new book a once over at his studio in Manhattan. photos by Nina Westervelt

Our annual Shindig is a celebration of the creative culture that informs our company culture and serves as a touchstone for our overall aesthetic. Music and photography are integral to the experience. So asking famed photographer Danny Clinch to exhibit work from his upcoming monograph at this year’s gathering was a no-brainer.

Lucky for us: Danny, one of his generation’s most prolific photographers, having shot generations of rock groups and world-class icons over his 30-year career - think Johnny Cash, Pearl Jam Tupac, Tom Waits, Bjork, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a very few - was more than happy to play along.

"Still Moving" is both the title of the book and the public installation at our Florence store that Danny very kindly agreed to share with our community and weekend guests next Friday and Saturday. As an added bonus, on Saturday night the studio will host an artist Q&A with Danny moderated by noted photography expert Susan Sherrick, partner and director of Sherrick & Paul, a new gallery opening this fall in Nashville.

The show will hang in the photography studio attached to the store at 114 North Court Street in Florence, on Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16, from 10 am to 5 pm. The Q&A will take place at 7 pm on Saturday. All events associated with the exhibit are free and open to the public.

In advance of his show, Danny was happy to welcome fellow photographer (and our friend and frequent Journal collaborator) Nina Westervelt, into his NYC studio for a little shoot, not to mention indulge the Journal in a pre-Shindig Q&A session. Consider it a warm-up for next Saturday night’s festivities…


Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes



Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes. photos by Abigail Ross

Earlier this summer, we had the pleasure of sitting down in Nashville with brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes while they were on the road with Conor Oberst. We were sitting on Conor’s bus outside The Ryman, where the same week a year ago Dawes themselves had played an epic show to a sold-out crowd. That was a magical night, and it ended with everyone dancing and jamming on stage at The 5 Spot in East Nashville until the wee hours.

It was a special feeling, then, to be back talking with these guys about their lives as artists and true craftsmen for the Journal. The Goldsmiths are some of the kindest gentlemen you’ll come across, and they’re very humble about the success they’ve achieved.

Below, an edited version of our chat, accompanied by wonderful photography from Los Angeles-based photographer Abigail Ross.


Taylor Tehan’s Austin

Tour Guide


Checking out the record selection at End of an Ear Records. Photos by Matt Rainwaters

Growing up in rural Texas, Austin was the place in which those who were strange went to find solace from their conservative counterparts. Naturally, I gravitated to Austin at an early age. The city is changing rapidly, but the bones of what have always made the city ‘weird’ still remain. There are so many places and people that I have grown to love over the years. To list them all would take far too much time. Here are a few.


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.