The semi-annual Billy Reid sale heralds the change of seasons and also draws my friend Sean and me off to Florence. I love Billy Reid’s goods, but at full price it’s too dear for my budget. The warehouse sale is a great way to pick up a few odds and ends and still be able to eat at the end of the day.
Past sales have been in the back room behind the regular Billy Reid store. This year the sale goods were in a separate storefront next door. The sale seemed to have more items available than in the past.
Racks, boxes, & piles of sale clothes:
Possibly my favorite item was this quilted vest, which wasn’t available in my size or I would have left with one.
There were many ties, both four-in-hand and bows (confession: Billy Reid bow ties are my favorite, and at sale price I can indulge):
And some shoes. I like them, but the elongated toe box is just too much for me:
Restraint and budget limited me to these two purchases, both of which I like very much, an indigo sweatshirt and batwing wool bow tie:
Next door, the new fall Billy Reid gear was out, and browsing is always fun.
The Billy Reid ‘James Bond’ peacoat was available (note leather detailing):
There is a large display of Billy Reid K-Swiss models:
And the Billy Reid double-monk with asymmetrical toe cap:
Billy Reid excels with his tote and bag designs:
We moved down Court Street and stopped by another favorite destination in Florence, one more in keeping with my budget.
I was not disappointed, as I left with a Brooks Brothers button down (USA made), ties from Zegna (wool blend), Ben Silver, and H. Stockton Atlanta. Oh, and a vintage LP.
Fatigued from shopping, Sean and I moseyed down to historic diner Trowbridge’s.
Trowbridge’s is a genuine throwback, maintaining an unselfconscious mid-20th century vibe. The food is standard, but tasty, diner fare. Prices are low.
The ice cream is the highlight. Don’t leave without trying one of their flavors like the signature orange pineapple. That day I went with the red velvet–again, restraint: only one scoop.