Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James giving free dresses to teachers

Reese Witherspoon is showing her appreciation for America’s teachers amid the coronavirus crisis by offering them free dresses from her Draper James label.The Covid-19 outbreak is continuing to sweep across the United States, with 245,000 confirmed cas…

Reese Witherspoon is showing her appreciation for America’s teachers amid the coronavirus crisis by offering them free dresses from her Draper James label.

The Covid-19 outbreak is continuing to sweep across the United States, with 245,000 confirmed cases and an estimated 6,000 deaths.

Classrooms have been closed and many teachers tasked with rapidly adapting to online lessons, and now, Witherspoon is showing her gratitude to the hardworking educators by giving away items from her lifestyle brand.

“Advocating for the children of the world is no easy task, so I wanted to show teachers a little extra love right now,” the mother-of-three said. “These past few weeks have shown me so much about humanity. I have been so encouraged by the ways people are really showing up for each other. Particularly the teachers.”

Teachers can apply to win their free dress by filling out a form on Draper James’ website. The giveaway extends to all school teachers in the U.S. who complete the form by 5 April.

As the supply of the dresses is limited, the winning teachers will be decided by lottery. In addition, Witherspoon will also offer 25 per cent off online orders on 5 May – Teacher Appreciation Day.

“During quarantine, we’ve seen you broadcasting lessons from your homes, figuring out remote-learning techniques and new communication platforms on the fly, balancing work and life – all while continuing to educate and connect with our children,” a company representative added. “We know that (teaching during the coronavirus crisis) is not easy and want to shine a light on all your efforts.”

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Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James teams with Lands’ End on swimwear line

Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James has collaborated with retailer Lands’ End on a new collection.Featuring swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories, the limited-edition line merges Draper James’ Southern Americana appeal with Lands’ End’s cla…

Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James has collaborated with retailer Lands’ End on a new collection.

Featuring swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories, the limited-edition line merges Draper James’ Southern Americana appeal with Lands’ End’s classic wearable designs – and fans of the actress’ label will be quick to spot her signature gingham and magnolia prints among the pieces.

Offered in a range of sizes from extra small to extra large, it was important for both Reese and the team at Lands’ End for the designs to promote body positivity.

“Lands’ End’s approach to swim and dedication to fit-testing in all sizes was in line with our goal to deliver comfort, style and body confidence. We are beyond excited to be able to bring our signature prints, design details and Lands’ End’s tried-and-true fit to women of all shapes and sizes,” she shared, while Chieh Tsai, chief product officer at Lands’ End, added: “At Lands’ End we pride ourselves on fitting every body and focus on creating comfortable pieces for our customer. We strive to provide our customer with the best possible fit to make her feel stylish and confident in her everyday life.”

As part of the collection’s launch, Reese has declared that some of the proceeds will go to charitable organisation Girls Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for girls between ages of six and 18, encouraging them to be strong, smart, and bold.

The 44-year-old also posted news of the collaboration to her Instagram followers, and commented: ”In hard times like this, I really try to focus on the ways I can help others. So, in a way, the timing couldn’t be more right for this collaboration.”

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Reese Witherspoon offers comfortable and stylish heels with new shoe line

Reese Witherspoon has unveiled a collection of heels that are both practical and stylish as part of her new shoe line. The footwear collection, available through the Legally Blonde star’s Southern-inspired fashion and lifestyle brand Draper James, c…

Reese Witherspoon has unveiled a collection of heels that are both practical and stylish as part of her new shoe line.

The footwear collection, available through the Legally Blonde star’s Southern-inspired fashion and lifestyle brand Draper James, caters to busy everyday women and offers a range of sandals accessible to a wide variety of customers, ranging from casual to professional.

“This collection is for every woman, especially the woman (like me!) who loves a comfortable heel!” Witherspoon says in a statement to InStyle.

The 42 year old joined forces with M. Gemi, run by Cheryl Kaplan and Maria Gangemi, in order to support another women-run business.

“I love working with other female-led companies and designers,” she shares, “but it is really exciting to launch this during a month celebrating the history of women.

“From our Draper James designer, Kathryn Sukey, to M. Gemi co-founders Cheryl Kaplan and Maria Gangemi, so many strong women were involved in making this collaboration happen and we’re thrilled with how it turned out.”

Among the styles in the capsule are three different designs the blonde beauty craved for her own spring and summer wardrobe.

“Oh, I love shoes! I mean, who doesn’t love an amazing pair of shoes?” she coos. “I think footwear really gives you a chance to add something unexpected to your look and represent your personality…

“The perfect pair of shoes can really make a look. Plus, a bold print always makes me feel pretty and confident.”

The shoe line comes just weeks after Witherspoon partnered with bosses at the wedding planning and registry site Zola on a range of paper goods, including save-the-date invites to thank you notes.

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Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James launches swimwear collection

Reese Witherspoon’s brand Draper James has launched its first-ever swimwear collection.The Legally Blonde actress founded the label in 2015, with her clothing range and accessories channelling her own colourful personal style and Southern roots. Now, W…

Reese Witherspoon’s brand Draper James has launched its first-ever swimwear collection.

The Legally Blonde actress founded the label in 2015, with her clothing range and accessories channelling her own colourful personal style and Southern roots.

Now, Witherspoon is gearing up to make a splash in the swimwear market, having teamed with U.S. company Helen Jon on a new line.

“Our (Draper James) customer has consistently asked for swimwear,” she said in a statement. “We are thrilled to offer this staple for her with Helen Jon, a brand known for its excellent quality and fit. I can’t wait to see our customers wearing the pieces.”

The Draper James x Helen Jon collection consists of 20 designs, including swimwear, rash guards, cover-ups, and beachside dresses. Garments, which include bikinis, a one-piece with frill detailing, and a blue number with the slogan “Sisterhood,” are available in sizes extra small to extra large, with prices starting at $67 (£50).

Regarding the venture, Gwyn Prentice, co-founder of Helen Jon, explained that the capsule will continue to evolve throughout the year, with the items presenting a modern twist on timeless style.

“We are thrilled to partner with Draper James,” added Gwyn. “The brand Reese Witherspoon has created is aligned with our priorities – creating high-quality products that fit a woman’s body beautifully and have those special details that set it apart.”

The Draper James x Helen Jon collection isn’t the first time Reese has collaborated with other brands; she previously worked with Net-a-Porter on a Draper James capsule line inspired by American summers as well as with U.S. plus-size retailer Eloquii on a popular range.

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Reese Witherspoon releases Dolly Parton merch

Reese Witherspoon honoured Dolly Parton’s recent 73rd birthday the best way she knows how – with a tribute collection as part of her Draper James label.Dolly celebrated her special day on Saturday (19Jan19), and a whole host of stars took to social m…

Reese Witherspoon honoured Dolly Parton’s recent 73rd birthday the best way she knows how – with a tribute collection as part of her Draper James label.

Dolly celebrated her special day on Saturday (19Jan19), and a whole host of stars took to social media to wish her a happy birthday.

But Reese went one stage further, with a three-piece line dedicated to the singer. She added the phrase What Would Dolly Do? to a T-shirt, canvas tote and canvas pouch.

“When in doubt, just ask… Tomorrow is the lovely @DollyParton’s birthday, and we are celebrating at @DraperJames! For every item sold between today and tomorrow (like this new tee I’m wearing!!!), we’ll donate a book to her nonprofit program, @imaginationlibrary,” Reese posted on Instagram.

The T-shirt retails for $38 (£30), the pouch for $35 (£27) and the bag has a $125 (£97) price tag.

Reese has long been a fan of Dolly’s, and last year she got the chance to rifle through the country legend’s glamorous wardrobe for the first episode of her TV show Shine On With Reese.

“I always imagined Dolly’s apartment’s closet opens, and sequins come flying out!” Reese laughed.

“Well, it did,” Dolly replied. “Actually that happens all the time. Sometimes when I’m stage, I’m always popping beads and stuff, and they go sweep them up. They give it back to us to sew them on and they call them Dolly Droppings.”

Elsewhere in the episode, Reese began to well up as she told the Jolene star how much she inspires her, and that she’d love to play her on the big screen.

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Plus-size retailer Eloquii to be acquired by Walmart

Executives at Walmart have confirmed plans to acquire plus-size retailer Eloquii.Founded in 2011 as part of The Limited, the fashion label re-launched online in 2014 as an independent direct-to-consumer brand. Eloquii has gone on to build up a loyal fo…

Executives at Walmart have confirmed plans to acquire plus-size retailer Eloquii.

Founded in 2011 as part of The Limited, the fashion label re-launched online in 2014 as an independent direct-to-consumer brand.

Eloquii has gone on to build up a loyal following amongst shoppers, with Jason Wu and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James partnering on capsule collections with the company, and on Tuesday (02Oct18), Walmart bosses announced that they are looking to buy the business for an undisclosed amount.

“I’m thrilled to announce our plans to acquire Eloquii,” said Andy Dunn, senior vice president of digital consumer brands for Walmart eCommerce. “Known for its trend-driven, fashion-focused assortment, Eloquii is all about great-fitting and great-looking apparel specifically designed for women U.S. size 14 and up.”

The deal is expected to close later this quarter. In addition, Eloquii chief executive officer Mariah Chase, her executive team and 100 employees will continue to be based in Long Island City, New York and Columbus, Ohio but will now be overseen by the American retail giant’s e-commerce organisation.

Regarding the partnership, Dunn commented that plus-size women’s apparel is a $21 billion market and represents one of the fastest growing segments in women’s fashion.

And though more than half of women aged 18-65 in the U.S. wear size 14 or higher, these customers have been historically under-served, with clothing limited by its lack of fashion, lack of fit, or both.

“Today we stand in solidarity with (plus-size shoppers) by acquiring a brand whose sole focus is to exceed her expectations,” he added. “I’m so excited to welcome (Eloquii) to our team and look forward to amplifying the Eloquii experience even further.”

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Reese Witherspoon has named a dress after her Big Little Lies character

Reese Witherspoon has named one of her Draper James dresses after her Big Little Lies character.The actress launched the clothing brand in 2015 with pieces inspired by her Southern U.S. upbringing, and chose to title it after her grandparents Dorothea …

Reese Witherspoon has named one of her Draper James dresses after her Big Little Lies character.

The actress launched the clothing brand in 2015 with pieces inspired by her Southern U.S. upbringing, and chose to title it after her grandparents Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon. And now Reese, who starred in and produced the HBO hit, has paid homage to the show through a new garment.

The ‘Madeline,’ named after the 42-year-old’s character Madeline Martha Mackenzie, is a silk A-line dress covered in a busy yellow and green floral print with beaded embroidery. Reese even took it upon herself to model the outfit for the Draper James online home page, pairing it with a pair of blue polka dot court shoes and a denim jacket slung over her shoulders, while posing next to a directors chair holding a megaphone.

As well as matching Reese’s signature Southern style, the Madeline – which retails at $295 (£224) – also matches her character’s preppy homemaker dress sense.

The Oscar winner is also working towards making her fashion line a family affair, having already recruited her 18-year-old daughter Ava Phillippe to lead a campaign, and she recently persuaded her two nieces to model pieces from the brand’s new Mommy & Me collection.

The two girls, Abby James and Draper, were styled in cute gingham dresses, while their mother – Reese’s sister-in-law Jennie – was also involved in the photoshoot, and similarly dressed in a gingham gown adorned with white flowers.

“Since Draper James launched, we have received countless requests for children’s clothing,” Katherine Brodie, director of e-commerce at Draper James said in a statement. “We hope that this collection is a success and that it gives us more insight into future products and partnerships.”

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Reese Witherspoon expanding lifestyle empire with new book

Actress Reese Witherspoon is sharing her secrets to Southern living in a new lifestyle book. The Walk the Line star, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, drew inspiration from the theme of Southern hospitality to launch her Draper James clothing an…

Actress Reese Witherspoon is sharing her secrets to Southern living in a new lifestyle book.

The Walk the Line star, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, drew inspiration from the theme of Southern hospitality to launch her Draper James clothing and accessories company in 2015, and now she has collected her best pieces of advice for her latest venture, Whiskey in a Teacup.

“It’s all about Southern living and my Southern heritage, and how that sort of informs pretty much everything I do, from what I eat, to how I decorate, to how I celebrate family traditions, even how I do my hair,” Reese says in a new promotional video.

“My grandmother Dorothea always said that it was a combination of beauty and strength that made Southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup,'” the actress adds on the book’s website. “We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

“I hope you’ll see how easy it is for you to bring a little bit of the South to your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a Southern side to every place in the world, right?”

The book is set for release in September (18), but it’s not the only new project on the Oscar winner’s plate – she has also unveiled her fresh line of home goods with U.S. retailer Crate & Barrel, for which she became a brand ambassador last year (17).

“Growing up in the South, I’ve learned to love presentation and entertaining, which is why I’m so excited for the Draper James Crate & Barrel co-branded collection,” she tells People.com. “It perfectly captures the spirit of Southern get-togethers with a blend of modern style.”

“This charming collection of outdoor accessories is perfect for your next backyard dinner party with friends and family or an afternoon picnic at the beach,” she adds.

The new collection, which features items including floral-print dishes, gingham table linens, and glasses with Draper James’ signature Southern phrases like, “Cheers y’all”, went on sale on Tuesday (01May18).

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