Reese Witherspoon has been busy and it hasn’t been in front of or behind the camera. Instead, she’s been building and launching a Southern lifestyle brand called Draper James. Draper James sells clothing, jewelry, purses, decor, gifts, accessories, and more. Named for her grandparents, Draper James pays tribute to Reese’s Tennessee roots and the traditions, styles, and grace of the South.
Reese just opened her first brick-and-mortar store in Nashville and has plans to follow the flagship’s opening with a store in Dallas and then Charleston and Atlanta. Her store is gorgeous yet so friendly and welcoming. The store was decorated by Mark D. Sikes with the intention of designing the space to feel like a home. I can’t wait to go! Shop her whole Draper James line here.
I love Reese’s motivation for highlighting and praising Southern style and the women in her life who influenced her style and upbringing. Reese credits strong, graceful Southern women like her grandmother as a main influence of the brand. Reese exclaims, “My grandmother was always, always dressed to the nines. She was always put together. She had her hair done every Friday. It made her feel good. If you look good, you feel good. And that is an important part of life.”
I can relate to this and the sense of pride you should take in the way you present yourself to the world. My grandmother and her mother grew up in Mississippi and they both always tried to put their best foot forward, live their lives in the love of the Lord, and put themselves together. We were raised to do the same. Pigs would fly before I would be allowed to wear sweatpants to the airport or anywhere in public. As such, I would rather be the dressiest person in the room than the most underdressed person in the room. Some folks might chalk it up to being too concerned with how people perceive you. However, others know that presenting yourself well while tackling your job or raising your children can take you far and show off how much you respect yourself. Just like Reese’s grandmother, my great grandmother got her hair done once a week and it was one of her favorite parts of the week. I love her for it!