If you hadn’t heard, Reese Witherspoon started up her own clothing factory this year. The factory is located in Blue Ridge, Georgia with a commitment to making their clothing and accessories in the USA and giving back to the community: Girls, Inc. The Brand name, Draper James, comes from the names of Reese Witherspoon’s grandparents: Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon. The Draper James fashion look will be true to Southern Heritage. At this point, Draper James clothing can be purchased online at draperjames.com with an upcoming store coming to Nashville soon.
The first article is a fun-filled visit to the Draper James Factory – covered by Daily Mail Online.
The second short article is from Forbes about the story of Draper James.
Proud Reese Witherspoon Visits Workers at Draper James Factory In Georgia
by Kayla Caldwell
Since its launch May 6, Reese Witherspoon has frequently taken to her social media accounts to excitedly document the progress of her new lifestyle brand Draper James.
And on Thursday the 39-year-old shared a sweet video of a trip she took to Blue Ridge, Georgia to check out one of the company’s denim factories and visit with the dedicated American workers.
‘The south has a long history of making denim,’ she says in the clip, later adding that when she started her company she knew she wanted to ensure, ‘whenever possible, that we could make the clothes in the United States.’
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‘Made with love’ On Thursday Reese Witherspoon shared a video of her trip to Blue Ridge, Georgia where she visited a factory that produces jeans for Draper James
Showing her appreciation: Throughout the video Reese shares her gratitude for the workers there, who ‘work hard, care about their work, and take pride in it’
The movie star started life in the deep South of America which is where she drew her inspiration from for clothing designs on her website, Draper James.
Nowadays, you’ll be tough pushed to find Reese out and about without donning a piece from her own collection.
The starlet/designer made a visit to the factory wearing none other than Draper James.
She kept it simple with a circle logo graphic tee paired with dark denim and white shoes.
The shirt she’s wearing is $58 and you can make it yours by heading over to DraperJames.com
Want more graphic tee options? Not a prob, we’ve got you covered on our style edit below. Pair them with dark denim and some Vans Authentic Lo Pro’s and you’ll look like a casual belle.
The clip begins with Reese behind the wheel as she starts her road trip to Georgia, and describes the importance of American craftsmanship.
Reese and her team then make it to Georgia, where they appear to be in good spirits as they are given a tour around the factory, which features a prominently-displayed ‘Made in America’ banner.
The blonde beauty can then be seen smiling and pointing as she watches staff go through the 42 steps – cutting, stitching, sewing, etc. – that it takes to make a pair of Draper James jeans.
On the road: The video begins with Reese behind the wheel as she starts the drive to Georgia, while discussing the south’s history of making denim
On schedule: Reese gushed about the city, later posting on Twitter: ‘A special shout out to beautiful Blue Ridge’
‘People from here work hard. They care about their work. They take pride in it,’ she says, of the American workers.
Then it’s Reese’s turn, as she can be seen sitting down by a sewing machine to try her hand at creating a pair of jeans.
The mother-of-three beams once she has succeeded, holding up her handiwork to the camera and smiling as those around her applaud.
Introductions: As the blonde beauty and her Draper James team arrived they met factory workers before heading on a tour
Checking it out: Reese looks thrilled as she’s seen touring the facilities with her team
Riveted: The mother-of-three seemed riveted, asking questions as she took in the 42-step process
Meanwhile, via a voice over she says: ‘Draper James was named after my grandparents. It makes all the difference to know that each pair is made with love.’
On June 4 Reese took to Instagram to share a snap from her visit – along with the pair of Draper James jeans she had created – writing: ‘Pure joy! That’s the feeling I had making a pair of #DraperJames jeans in our denim factory in Georgia today! #MadeInUSA’
Meanwhile, Reese shared the video from her trip on Thursday, writing: ‘Can’t tell you how much this meant to me…A special shout out to beautiful Blue Ridge!’
Examining their work: The Wild star seemed impress as she checked out one of the employee’s handiwork
A pat on the back: Reese could be seen commending the staff as she watched their skilled handiwork
In good spirits: The Oscar winner looked to be enjoying herself as she mingled with the factory workers and learned how to make a pair of jeans
The Blue Ridge, Georgia factory manufactures three pairs of jeans sold on the Draper James website.
It is responsible for the Toostie Jean – in Blue Ridge Wash and River Rinse – and the White Tootsie Jean, which comes in Cotton White Wash. All retail for $148.00.
While on holiday the Reese has been seen wearing dresses and accessories from her fashion line, which she premiered earlier this year.
Getting along nicely: Everyone in the video sported a wide grin during Reese’s visit to the denim factory in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Her turn! Later, Reese was seen sitting down at the sewing machine as she attempted to make a pair of Draper James jeans
The brand, named after her grandparents – Dorothea Draper and William James – has been doing well, selling more than $100K even without a flagship live store.
The official store will open in Nashville later this year.
Elated: Reese took to Instagram to celebrate her accomplishment, writing, of the experience: ‘Pure joy! That’s the feeling I had making a pair of #DraperJames jeans in our denim factory in Georgia today! #MadeInUSA’
From Forbes Magazine
No one embodies southern charm quite like Reese Witherspoon. From her cheery demeanor to her impeccable lady-like style, the Academy Award-winner is the poster child for the region. And now you can bring a piece of that into your home—and closet—with Draper James, the Southern-inspired line of fashion, accessories and home décor that Witherspoon launched today. Named after her grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon are still her most important influences. “I created Draper James to honor my past and allow others to embrace the beauty, style and excitement that embodies what is happening in the South today,” Witherspoon has said. Growing up in Nashville, Witherspoon was raised with Southern rules to live by, such as that it’s better to be overdress than underdressed, and to never underestimate the power of charm and grace.
Witherspoon’s feminine aesthetic is evident her brand’s clothing, with dresses in classic silhouettes, lacy skirts, floral printed tops, graphic tees, and tweed shorts, in an all-American palette of navy, white, bright yellow and baby blue. The accessories include luxe leather handbags, totes, sunglasses and hats, while the jewelry offerings encompass pearls, charm bracelets, enamel bangles and statement necklaces. No Southern-inspired line would be complete without stationery, and the home goods are rounded out with picture frames, blankets, pillows and cocktail napkins.
Draper James will collaborate with Southern artisans and will keep much of the line’s production local. “Draper James was built on the backdrop of Reese’s Southern past, which is both timely and relevant,” Draper James CEO Andrea Hyde has said. “Not only is the South having a cultural surge, but it has a rich ecosystem that we tapped into on every level.”
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Thanks to the Alliance of American Manufacturing for highlighting this article.