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.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)