“In the South, you can never be too kind, too gracious, or too well-dressed.”
I’ve loved Reese Witherspoon since the days of Team Reese during the tumultuous Ryan Phillippe saga. (You lose, Ryan. Does anyone STILL know how to pronounce your last name? Didn’t think so.)
Needless to say, when I heard that Reese had created an entire fashion line and an accompanying storefront, I was ecstatic. I mean, that woman is perfection incarnate, so anything she designed had to be classic and en vogue, right?
You guys, er, y’all, never have I been more right about anything.
Draper James | Dallas, TX
Reese named her line and store Draper James after her grandmother, Dorothea Draper, and her grandfather, James Witherspoon.
Of her grandfather, Reese said, “He taught me that good manners and great style go hand-in-hand.”
Regarding the company’s creation, Reese says she was “Inspired by my romance – my love – of the South, combined with the modern woman that I am today.”
Swoon, you guys.
When I found out I was going to Dallas for a work trip, I knew two things: I needed to go to Waco to see Magnolia Silos, and I absolutely had to go to Draper James. I mean, when would I ever get this chance again??
See, Draper James‘ flagship store is in Nashville, TN, and the two other store locations are Lexington, KY, and, you guessed it, Dallas.
This was an almost once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of my fashion and entertainment idols’ brainchild in real life!
I was going.
I spent only two days in Dallas, so on my second/last day, I strategically planned my route to the airport to ensure I hit Draper James in Highland Park Village on my way out.
It worked out perfectly, and I got to spend a solid hour in the store, just exploring, snapping photos, and chatting with the lovely and personable store associate, Taylor M.
Talk about customer service! Taylor and I chit-chatted about the brand, the store’s founding and history, and other local Dallas hotspots.
I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Gazing around, the store was chock full of pretty – from dresses and tops to adorable sweatshirt tees omg to preppy accessories and gorgeous decor.
I mean, even the storefront displays were beautiful.
Dreams Do Come True
Needless to say, I loved everything.
Including the complimentary sweet tea Taylor offered me. I mean, c’mon, right? Can you get more “Southern hospitality” that that??
In the end, I walked out with a little memento of my trip – the iconic ‘Totes Y’all’ tote bag keychain, complete with lined fabric interior. I mean, can you say ‘attention to detail’??
(Mind you, I would’ve bought the entire store if my wallet wasn’t empty and my luggage wasn’t full lol)
In closing, to anyone exploring the Dallas area, make Draper James a stop on your itinerary.
After all, in the words of the inimitable Reese, “You only get one life, so let’s make it pretty.”