New York has a way of changing a man's style, whether it's Joe Namath wearing his mink coat, or Joe Namath wearing Suzie Kolber's mouth. Letting New York influence him in less gross ways, Billy Reid
Just dropped, AID-educated Reid's fall line retains his Southern-gentrified look while also incorporating Manhattan-inspired heavier fabrics and tailored fits, the overall affect being that of "a boxcar traveling blues musician, a Southern lawyer's library, and the East Village" -- just like Blind Atticus Ramone used to wear. Dressier offerings include the two-button, chocolate moleskin "Ruston Patch" sport jacket, with narrower lapels and a lifted closure; the three-button, tan camel-hair, dark elbow-patched "Henry Patch Pocket" blazer; the gray/red plaid cotton "John T" button-up w/ high shoulders, and short, broad-angled collar; the wool "Graham" flat-front pant in charcoal and brown/gray plaids; and the black merino wool "Shawl Collar Pullover" with a high two-button placket and several types of cable weaves (and you thought Time Warner and AT&T were bitter rivals). More casual numbers include the garment-washed espresso leather Mechanic Jacket with brass zippers and a high button-flap breast pocket; the long-sleeve felt-lettered "Alabama 54" T-shirt (referencing Reid's Manhattan flagship at 54 Bond St, not Lee Roy Jordan), and the hand-distressed cotton, black & yellow-patched ballcap "Make Cornbread Not War", a pacifist mantra coined by Viet's Mom
The collection's self-described anchors are hand-made, field-tested cordovan shoes and boots "that have city-street toughness and edge" -- preventing you from ending up with knee replacements after years spent running after girls mumbling "I want to kiss you!".