There is a little southern asylum on Bond Street, where the handshakes are firm, the bourbon is no charge, and the fashion is impeccable. It’s a store called Billy Reid, named after the fashion designer, and it’s been open since October, the first northern outpost of a mini-empire that stretches from Dallas to Charleston. Reid himself resides in Florence, Alabama, but he may be a familiar face to some around here. He had a women’s line under the name William Reid that was much admired before failing in the aftermath of 9/11. He remade himself and has come back stronger than ever. His clothes have a vintage feel, but with a modern edge, and though they are not the cheapest, they are the kind of beautifully made garments you will wear for a very long time. He also has a handsome collection of belts, shoes, and luggage. You can see it all for yourself at an open house they’re throwing at the store tonight, 6–9 p.m., with excellent food from Mercat and equally excellent bourbon from Woodford Reserve. Plus, you can pick up an item or two from their season-ending sale at up to 75 percent off.
Billy Reid, 54 Bond Street, nr. Bowery, 212 598-9335.
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