Southern ladies from coast to coast are buzzing about Reese Witherspoon’s latest adventure, Draper James. Named after her grandparents, Reese’s retail concept includes clothing, home and gift products that celebrate the South. It launched on-line earlier this year, and in the past month, the first store-front opened to great acclaim in Reese’s hometown of Nashville.
The blue and white awning had me at hello. But what does this store have to do with Richmond? No, we are not on the short-list of future locations, but it’s something almost as exciting.
See that yellow framed oil painting that Reese is standing in front of in the top picture? It was painted by none other than RVA’s own Lindsay Cowles, whom we featured here. Her career has been booming since then, and the nationally-renowned designer, Mark Sikes, selected Lindsay’s work to be like the morning sun anchoring this gallery wall that sits behind the kitchen-like check-out counter.
Not only did Lindsay create this work, but our friend Inge Labuschagne and her team at Frame of Mind did the framing.
It was all very hush-hush while Mr. Sikes decided on the frame details. Now that the store is open, Lindsay and Inge are thrilled to share the news, and we are happy to help. Clearly Reese and Mr. Sikes employed their impeccable taste to highlight the best that the South has to offer.
can’t wait to get a picture with my sister in front of this window
I was already looking forward to my next trip to Nashville this winter. With Draper James’s location along my normal driving route between sister and son, I probably would have tried to stop by the new store. Now with this bright Richmond connection, this lifestyle destination has moved to the top of my must-visit list.
November 12, 2015