Moonshine in a hand-blown crystal tumbler – that’s a pretty good definition of the refined yet rugged style that’s come to be synonymous with the name Billy Reid.

The Alabama-based Reid, who makes clothes for the kind of modern Southern gentleman who likes to get his hands dirty, just debuted a cool new capsule collection for J. Crew.

In honor of the occasion we talked to the avid outdoorsman about his beloved Jeep Wrangler.

He’s had the black 1998 Sahara for 11 years and it takes him everywhere he wants to go.

‘It’s my truck, my off road vehicle, my 4-wheeler, my ragtop and everyday car all in one. I use it for
everything’

Lenny Kravitz may be the new face of the famed “sport-ute”, but in our book Reid is a much more authentic model of the perfect Jeep owner….

Photographed by Jason Wallis

What was your first car?

A 1972 two tone El Camino.

What do you like about the Jeep?

It’s my truck, my off road vehicle, my 4-wheeler, my ragtop and everyday car all in one. I use it for
everything.

Have you done anything to customize it?

Oh yes.  32″ tires, brush guard, stereo, rhino lined interior, and custom hooks on the roof for hauling and hanging.

What’s your favorite kind of excursion in the Jeep?

Out in the woods camping, creek riding, muddin’, with my friends and our children.

Are you loyal to Jeep as a brand?

‘I take it out in the woods camping, creek riding, muddin’, with my friends and our children’

Very loyal. My wife has a Grand Cherokee and we owned a Commander before that. Our good friends have a Jeep dealership here in Florence [Alabama].

Do you own any other cars?

Nope.

What are you going to get when your Wrangler finally wears out?

Probably another Jeep.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce photographer Jason Wallis, who took these great shots of Reid and his Wrangler.

A stylish Southerner himself, Wallis lives in Birmingham, Alabama. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Men’s Journal and Bon Appetit.

Watch this space for more amazing images from the talented lensman.

© Jason Wallis; click to enlarge