TOPS sat down with the Draper James team to learn more about why Lexington was the perfect choice for Reese Witherspoon’s third store location!
What drew you to Lexington and how did you decide to open the newest Draper James at the Summit?
We love the sense of Southern tradition in Lexington and we knew it would be the perfect home for the next Draper James store. The Summit is a wonderful addition to Lexington including the variety of stores, restaurants and fun spots, making it a true destination for visitors. We’re also so excited to be a part of some of the best Lexington traditions such as Keeneland, where we will be selling in their boutique and partnering on an event this fall.
What makes the Draper James store special?
We wanted to add special details to recognize the Bluegrass state and Kentucky traditions. There are framed photos of the Keeneland racetrack and one wall has unique wallpaper that depicts a farm scene that is perfect for Lexington. We added new colors to the design scheme including a bright robins egg blue and a bold gingham print! We are very proud of the female artists who have created beautiful pieces for our store, including Lexington-based artist Chelsea Pateja and her “Bless Your Heart” print. You can also find art from Birmingham’s Catherine Booker, Virginia’s Lindsay Cowles and Georgia’s Susan Hable.
Who designed the store and what was the inspiration?
Los Angeles-based interior designer Mark Sikes designs the Draper James stores to look like Reese’s home and includes the Southern Hospitality for which Draper James is known. The store includes the classic Draper James “kitchen counter” cash-wrap, which is also in our Dallas and Nashville stores. The counter even has a place to sit and sip sweet tea!
Will you be hosting events at the store?
Yes! We love to open our doors to our Draper James community for special events. One of our favorite events this summer included a meet and greet with the cast of Legally Blonde. They performed with the LEXington Theatre Company and we loved having them in the store to sip champagne, enjoy sweet treats and meet fans. It was so fun! We’re really excited to host more events in the store too (we love a charitable tie!) and we hope y’all can join next time.
What will you find when you are shopping at Draper James?
We are known for our fun prints, beautiful silhouettes and Southern personality. When shopping at Draper James, you will find outfits for all occasions – your office party, wedding shower, family barbecue and even for your favorite team’s football game! We’re excited that our new fall collection is in stores; it features a lot of navy and floral styles, a fox print and our beloved tailgate collection (we offer blue and white - perfect for UK)!
We heard there are special Lexington pieces? Tell us about them!
We have a cute Lexington cocktail napkin set, Lexington leather pin and a lucky Lexington horseshoe keychain! We love to feature product that nods to the cities where our stores are located. They are the perfect pieces for remembering a fun trip to Lexington or as a gift. Lexington residents have a strong sense of hometown pride and these little accessories can add a little Lexington to your denim jacket, handbag or tote.