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Billy Reid Goes the Extra Mile to Make Menswear in America

Billy Reid Goes the Extra Mile to Make Menswear in America

from The Manual – Fashion and Style section, Beau Hayhoe

Billy Reid

It’s an approach that brands have shied away from in recent years for a variety of reasons. “It’s not always easy … it is a little bit of a puzzle,” Reid says. But that made-in-America approach, which includes fall-ready pieces like the standout denim shirt, has benefits for the consumer, both in matters of style and substance.

“I guess it started in the beginning [of the brand] – I was making many things in the Garment District in New York,” Reid said by phone from his brand’s Florence, Alabama, headquarters recently.

Reid has carried over many of those same close-knit garment-district relationships into the present day, partnering with smaller, family-owned businesses to produce gear that every guy can appreciate, including the American Woolen Company. The company develops all the textiles for Reid’s handsome suits that are so stylish and easy to wear that any guy can dress each individual suit piece up or down. It’s true American versatility at its finest.

Other unique American companies like GIL Sewing, a minority, women-owned business of out Chicago produces the brand’s rugged workwear shirting, while NYC’s Studio One Leather Design makes pieces like the edgy, seriously cool Blake Leather Jacket.

Other surefire staple pieces, such as the brand’s excellent garment-dyed slim jeans – which we’d pair with a white Oxford shirt and a navy blazer – are timeless, investment-worthy additions to any wardrobe, complete with the added care of being made in the U.S.

So, why do things the hard way?

“That’s really more of a personal thing,” Reid said. “The longer you work with someone, the better it gets.”

That continual advancement is evident both in terms of construction — the Denim Shirt, for instance, is exceptionally well-made – as well as the variety of styles Reid offers. The crisp, cleanly designed Msl 1-Pocket Shirt is but one example of a piece that can be worn with anything, consistently — all the better given that you’re spending some hard-earned cash on it.

Does Reid have a favorite from his American-made offerings, though?

“They’re sort of like all your children,” he joked. “We’re making beautiful textiles with these people.”

The brand, Reid says, is all about “true American luxury” – that’s a stance we can get behind, and that approach isn’t changing any time soon. “We kind of live it every day – it’s hard to get away from it.”

You can check out all of Billy Reid’s Made in America gear from shoes to candles to socks to suits at the designer’s official website.

Thanks to the Alliance of American Manufacturing for highlighting this article.


Billy Reid Heirloom Collection – Made in USA

Billy Reid Dresses the Modern-Day Dandy. From Gotham magazine. Billy Reid has started his own “Heirloom” line of clothing since late 2012. The Heirloom collection has a tailored section as well as a ready to wear section. The Heirloom collection is based on a retro, American classic style. Billy Reid wanted to capture “real-deal designs that are built to last.” And the best thing about the Heirloom collection – they are all made in the United States.

Billy Reid Heirloom Shawl Dinner Jacket

Billy Reid Heirloom
Shawl Dinner Jacket

The Story of Billy Reid

Billy Reid grew up in Amite, Louisiana. He started his career as a designer after moving up to New York in 1998, under the name of William Reid. This employment lasted until the post September 11th recession. Then, he did freelance work, doing some work for a golf apparel clothing company and Fruit of the Loom.

Billy Reid

Billy Reid

In 2004, Billy Reid started his own “authentic label” under the name Billy Reid. First, designing men’s clothing, he added a women’s clothing line in 2008. In 2010 Billy Reid was named GQ’s Best New Menswear Designer in America award. In 2012, Billy Reid was the recipient of The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Menswear Designer of the Year Award. (The women’s fashion designer that year was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row).

Billy Reid Heirloom Dorsey Peak Jacket

Billy Reid Heirloom
Dorsey Peak Jacket

Billy Reid Heirloom Hartford Jacket

Billy Reid Heirloom
Hartford Jacket

Where to Find Billy Reid Clothing

Billy Reid can be found at upper end department stores such as Nieman-Marcus, Nordstroms, Bergdorf-Goodman and Bloomingdales. Billy Reid has 10 locations in the United States. The stores are in New York City; Florence, Alabama; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Houston, TX; Washington, DC; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; and New Orleans, LA.

Billy Reid Lady Desmonde Trousers

Billy Reid
Lady Desmonde Trousers

Billy Reid makes jackets, sports coats, trousers, shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, T-shirts, dress pants, chino pants and ties under its regular label as well. These items of clothing can be made in the USA, Italy, Peru or imported, so check the label.

Billy Reid Heirloom Donegal Herring Pants

Billy Reid Heirloom
Donegal Herring Pants (Mens)

May 2020


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