I couldn’t come back east for Thanksgiving and not make a pit stop in Nashville, y’all. I visited the Draper James store, and yes, it is just as sweet and hospitable as you might imagine. This southern girl just wouldn’t come down south and miss the opportunity to be in the same space as Reese Witherspoon, or at least shop from her brand. And let me tell you — I couldn’t be more glad I stopped by.
As soon as I saw the blue and white exterior, I knew what amazingness lied ahead for me. I walked in and was greeted with southern charm, and, of course, I was offered sweet tea because it just wouldn’t be a true Tennessee shopping experience without it. Witherspoon mentioned in an interview with Garden & Gun that she wanted to create an environment where “the mom brings kids in, and you drink sweet tea while you browse. That community. The charm of the old Southern department store feeling." And that’s exactly what she’s done.
At Draper James, the details matter. There are blue and white touches everywhere. The wallpaper, the pillows that adorn the multiple seating areas — everything has a purpose, and if you ask me, that purpose is to make you feel right at home.
The blue and white color scheme has a very fresh feeling to it.
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sip some sweet tea while I shopped. Shopping's hard work, and you can't go getting parched, you know?
Every display is arranged just so.
Look at all of the pretty things! How do you ever choose what to buy?
Just in case you need to take a break from shopping, there are some fabulous seating areas, as well.
Complete with Southern touches, naturally.
The clothing's just precious.
But, then again, so are the dressing rooms.
All in all, visiting Draper James in person was just as pleasant as I dreamed it would be. The brand's charm is definitely reflected not only in its clothing, but in its storefront, as well. I left with some great new pieces and even better memories.
You're looking at one satisfied customer, y'all.
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