By  on June 6, 2012

Billy Reid’s win for Menswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Awards on Monday was sweet vindication for a designer whose business has been a roller coaster of highs and lows over the past 15 years. In that time, Reid launched two labels, saw one go out of business in the aftermath of 9/11, lived and worked out of a room in Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel and even did freelance work for Fruit of the Loom to make ends meet.

Today, Reid is building a flourishing men’s wear business that is on track to ring up $20 million in sales this year, up 54 percent from $13 million in sales in 2011. The Florence, Ala.-based company is on a retail expansion kick, opening its seventh store last week in the hip Westside Provisions District of Atlanta. The 2,500-square-foot space in the White Provisions building is decorated in signature Billy Reid style, incorporating salvaged wood, vintage furniture and heirloom photographs on the walls.

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