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Journeys of Discovery: Legendary fashion designer Billy Reid’s incredible life journey

Cindy Dupree
Fashion designer Billy Reid (left) visits with correspondent Tom Wilmer at Reid's retail shop in downtown Florence, Alabama.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer reporting from Florence, Alabama where he visits with legendary fashion designer Billy Reid as he shares tales from his incredible life journey.

Reid is one of only four American fashion designers who have won three or more Council of Fashion Designers or America’s prestigious CFDA Awards.In 2001 Billy Reid had just won the coveted CFDA Fashion Awards “Best New Designer” in June followed by his breakout fashion-week runway show on September 10th. Twenty-four hours later Reid’s world changed forever with the World Trade Center attack.

Hitting the reset button, Reid, who’s wife was from Florence, Alabama made the contrarian decision to set himself apart from the herd by crafting a distinctive marketing plan--creating “a unique sense of place” for Billy Reid endeavors—in the heart of downtown Florence, Alabama.

Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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