Monday, October 20, 2008

Oh, Susannah

I have made no secret of the fact that I loathe living in the rural south. Nevermind that I live in the second largest metropolis of my state. I have found myself, since the age of ten, constantly stunted and dead-ended emotionally and creatively by living here. I live in perhaps the most unpicturesque part of the entire state. I bore quite easily, and I have seen many people of similar temperments given over to apathy, bitterness, or just a bad liquor fixation before they hit 25 here in Alabama. I could go into a big rant, but suffice it to say everything from the (unseasonably hot and sticky) weather to the indigenous culture has never meshed well with me.

That having been established, I am always delighted (and okay, a bit suprised) whenever Sweet Home AL shows any sign of civilisation. So when I read about Florence, AL based designer Billy Reid in my brand new issue of Nylon, I googled him in haste. Florence, for those of you uninitiated, is somewhere between a quaint town and a spot in the road, it's two great landmarks being the FLW Rosenbaum House (which I have mentioned previously), and the University of North Alabama.

Upon entering Mr. Reid's website, I will admit to being at first blush, underwhelmed. His clothes are not unlike what you might find in J. Crew or, for us girls, Anthropologie. But as I looked closer, I began to appreciate the smaller, finer details. The curve of a seam. The lining of a pocket. Ticking on an inside dart. Do take advantage of the "zoom" tool on his site to see what I mean.

And while his prices are somewhat perplexing in these lean times, and I honestly have no idea what sort of market he can aquire in Florence, a town currently in the economic downswing, I can certainly appreciate the obvious amount of work in his clothes and indeed his stores (check out the website pics). And as an anachronism fiend, have a great appreciation for the Civil War tenor of his aesthetic.
I would gladly take this apron dress home any day of the week.

I will get around to answering all your delightful comments and adding to my blogroll when I find myself in posession of a greater surplus of time, I apologize. And part two of my European post IS coming soon, please, hold me to that, or I shall surely forget.


Nay'Chelle said...

I really like that last dress. It's always fun to see local designers in big magazines.

beccajanie said...

I really really like that last dress.

miss a. said...

Oh, I know what you mean. Except I live in what's supposed to be the "capital of the South" and yet find myself uninspired, dreadfully bored, and worst of the worst - jaded. Supposedly there is a secret to overcoming this. ????

P.S. I loveeeeeee "Skins." I thought I would never say this, but it really does make me want to go back to high school. Except this time, in England.

Susanna-Cole said...

Oh dear, when I saw your title it reminded me how much I loathe the song "Oh Susannah" (well you know, thanks to my name people sing that to me all the time... you know, "Oh your name is Susanna? (Sings), Oh Susanna..." and they rarely sing in the right key either, ANYWAY, sorry, just had to get that out there! :P

I'm sorry you feel so dead-ended by the rural south, but I have to tell you after being in a place like NYC for a while, somewhere rural feels nice, but still I can understand and hope when you're old enough you can head to a happening city! :)


Alice said...

I'm even farther south than you! :)