Billy Reid + Frye Coming to Georgetown

So I’ve been mapping the best menswear in DC and today during a little stroll in Georgetown I noticed that Billy Reid is coming to M street and bootmaker Frye is coming to Wisconsin Ave. Both are superb American-made  brands that offer impeccable gear. I simply can’t wait.

Interesting note about Frye. Though their iconic Harness boot was born decades earlier and inspired by the US Cavalry, the Massachusetts-based family of designers gained a bit of inspiration for another now iconic boot from the district. “During a 1938 trip to Washington, D.C., John A. Frye’s grandson and namesake met a U.S. Navy Admiral who noted his difficulty in finding the Wellington styles he liked so much. As a favor, John agreed to make him a pair. Frye continued to fill these requests for boots through World War II.”

By the way Jack Spade just dropped their first watch line at their Wisconsin Ave location. I checked them out at a recent launch party, and its not bad for their first line.  They’re very deliberately fashion watches and so I’ll stick to my Bell & Ross and Luminox, but no man would be mad if he received one as gift.

Jack Spade Camo Watch


General Knot “The handmade tie will always outlive the mass made one.”


SchoolHouse Electric & Supply Co “We were looking at it from a micro-manufacturing way.”


How to Tie an Isonychia Emerger “Its easy to tie and remarkably effective.”


Seize sur Vingt  “That was close.”


Billy Reid at Home in Alabama “We wanted to be in town.”


SAGE One Rod “It’s not what you put into a rod that makes it great, it’s what you can remove.”


Finally, this last video comes from Qualia Coffee, a small batch, often single-origin “shop roaster” just two blocks from my new apartment in the Petworth section of Washington, DC.

Billy Reid X Alabama Seafood

I love collabos that unite great brands and worthy causes. Billy Reid has just launched a partnership with the Alabama Gulf Seafood Commission and produced a line of quality gear to support AGS. This is one part of an excellent new marketing campaign by the AGS with exquisite typography, design and copy. Now I don’t mean to snicker at the millions BP has given to the gulf seafood and hospitality industry in the wake of the oil spill, but I much prefer these kinds of public-private relationships. They are more authentic, and meaningful when they come from native sons like Alabama-born Reid. I wish we could see more activity like this from the great brands that call the Gulf home.

Now if you’re in the big apple this weekend, DO come to the Big Apple BBQ on Madison Square and get u some. “On June 9-10, Alabama’s newly-crowned James Beard Award winner Chef Chris Hastings of Birmingham’s Hot and Hot Fish Club will be on hand to show more than 140,000 folks that there are endless possibilities for fresh seafood, and one taste is all that it’ll take to put our product on the map. On both days, Hastings will be demonstrating preparation techniques for a pair of Alabama favorites: Baked Alabama Oysters with jalapeño and lime, and BBQ Grilled Alabama Head On Shrimp with Hot and Hot Spice Rub, lemon zest and butter.”

I’ll be there Sunday with my bib on and wet wipes stuffed in my shorts.