Watch: Relive The Billy Reid Shindig
Esteemed Southern clothier Billy Reid has been described as a “musician at heart.” So it’s no surprise that the designer is the perfect candidate to host the Shindig, a showcase during SXSW that featured some of the very artists that inspire Reid’s clothing line, including Brendan Benson, Delta Spirit (pictured above), Phosphorescent and Punch Brothers.
Be sure to check out our video of the event below, where Reid waxes about the connection between music and fashion.
“Fashion and music are so interconnected,” Reid said. “So every six months, we’re basically putting together a new album, and then we put on a show and we’re out, trying to promote it. You just pray that people like it, and write something nice about it and people buy it … Those similarities create a lot of synergy that even behind the scenes doesn’t get talked about as much.”
Reid even designed t-shirts for each artist that played the event, which are available for purchase for a limited time.
Brendan Benson, a Detroit transplant who is now a fixture on Nashville’s music scene, credited Billy Reid with restoring a sense of class to the couture of rock and roll. “In this day of skinny jeans and ironic t-shirts, he’s bringing back two-tone wing-tips. I just love his stuff.”
(Click here to download the Billy Reid Shindig Digital Sampler.)