Maybe it’s time to start preparing for the cold seasons.
Billy Reid Austin
During my last trip to Austin, I had the opportunity to stop by the Billy Reid store. I’ve become a fan of the Southern menswear designer and it’s needless to say that I’m not the only one. Having won the CFDA’s Best New Designer Award and Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2010 and the CFDA’s Best Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2012, Billy Reid has certainly gotten the attention of many people.
While his clothing line contains many fantastic pieces ranging from sports jackets to tennis shoes, my favorite pieces that Billy Reid designs have always been his outerwear pieces. These pieces combine traditional American workwear with a bit of Southern charm and can be made from anything ranging from calfskin leather to nutria fur.
I know it’s rather odd to think about outerwear now while we are in the midst of summer, but as the saying goes, “Winter is coming.”
For those of you who don’t have a local Billy Reid storefront, many stores carry his clothing including major retailers Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. However, speaking to one of the associates in the store, it seems like Billy Reid has its eyes set on some new locations including Chicago and San Francisco.
For fall: Vicuña
Our latest pre-fall shipment arrived with incredibly warm, light and soft vicuña sport coats in a rich camel-brown tone.
Without hyperbole, vicuña wool is among the rarest fabrics and is one of the finest natural fibers in the world. The vicuña camelid lives in the Andes mountains and its wool fibers are 1/7th the thickness of human hairs and thinner than any other wool fiber.
Demand of the vicuña almost drove it to extinction as hunters lowered the population to less than 6,000 in the 1960s before preservation agencies and governments stepped in to protect the animal from poachers.
Fortunately, the vicuña has begun to recover and numbers over 125,000. And the Peruvian government has allowed the legal shearing of vicuña wool once every two years in a process that doesn’t harm the animal.
Each vicuña produces only about a pound of wool, making it the most expensive and luxurious wool in the world. By comparison, a sheep can produce up to 30 pounds of wool.
We’re excited to offer vicuña wool sport coats for our fall line under our J. Lawrence private label, available exclusively at Khaki’s of Carmel.
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