William “Billy” Reid grew up in Amite, Louisiana, just south of the Mississippi line, where his mother operated a women’s clothing boutique in his grandmother’s one-time home. Launched in 2004, Billy Reid is the designer’s brand of men’s, women’s, and accessories collections with standalone retail stores that embody the designer’s modern approach to American work wear and cultured Southern dandyism. GQ and the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Billy Reid the Best New Designer in America Award in February 2010; in November of that same year, Billy won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, becoming the first ever designer to win both prestigious awards in the same year. A son of the South, Reid designs his collection in his flagship shop and studio in Florence, Alabama, and employs artisan factories in Europe and America.
The Standard Hotel, East Village
The Standard Hotel East Village is located in the heart of the East Village NYC, with 21 stories and 145 guest rooms, most with floor-to-ceiling windows. The Penthouse features a large wrap-around terrace for accommodating private events with panoramic views of the city. The ground floor houses a restaurant, bar, and public spaces.
MAKESHIFT 2012: Human-Textile Wellness Pop-up Clinic
It’s a mouthful. But then, people (especially Southerners) do have an undying love for the complexity of words, stories, and the beauty of textiles.
Last Tuesday night at The Standard, East Village, we were riveted by Jessamyn Hatcher’s stories of processing unwanted clothing in a clinic format. Today in New York City, you have the rare and amazing opportunity to experience Human-Textile Wellness first-hand with a stellar team including Jessamyn, Professor, Global Liberal Studies, NYU; Hanna Astrom, Designer; Sarah Scaturro, Textile Conservator, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (and incoming conservator at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art); Michelle Zahabian, artist and co-owner of JEM; and the fascinating Emily Spivack, Creator and Editor, Worn Stories (wornstories.com) and Sentimental Value (www.sentimental-value.com).
Run, don’t walk:
You are invited to attend a
HUMAN-TEXTILE WELLNESS POP-UP CLINIC
Sunday, May 20, drop-in from 11am-3pm
@ JEM Fabric Warehouse
355 Broadway, between Franklin and Leonard
BRING A PIECE OF CLOTHING TO REPAIR, ALTER, OR TRANSFORM AND A WORN STORY TO SHARE
The Human-Textile Wellness Center is a research lab run by Jessamyn Hatcher that documents people’s relationships to their clothing, and a place where you can come to repair, alter, and transform your garments, and share stories about textiles that are meaningful to you.
Meridith McNeal, “Palm Portraits” (used with kind permission of the artist)