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.

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