Reese Witherspoon announces new southern lifestyle book
Reese Witherspoon is expanding her talents into the publishing world. The Academy Award winning actress announced Thursday she is writing a “southern influence lifestyle book.” The book, published by Touchstone, will contain photographs and “personal essays about the people and places that influenced her.”
The actress expressed her excitement in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be writing my first book with Touchstone,” Witherspoon said. “It’s a unique opportunity for me to share funny anecdotes about my Southern upbringing and give people a glimpse into my idea of Southern living.”
“We are overjoyed to publish Reese Witherspoon,” said Susan Moldow, Publisher of Touchstone Susan. “Her ability to marshal the resources of social media and traditional media, while staying true to the most appealing aspects of her Southern upbringing, is inspiring.”
Witherspoon already has a southern-inspired lifestyle brand called Draper James, named after her grandparents Dorthea Draper and James Witherspoon with stores in Nashville and Dallas.
The book is expected out in 2018.
Reese’s Big Little Lies co-star and friend Nicole Kidman speaks about her friendship with Reese in the new November 2016 issue of Red magazine (UK):
Nicole Kidman: “Reese [Witherspoon] and I are a good team. She got married and had children really young, I think that’s why we get on. She’s moving to Nashville and we have beach houses next to each other in the Bahamas.”
Reese attended a party to celebrate the opening of her new Draper James store in Dallas last night, and she looked charming in a little dress from her own label. Check out the pictures, articles and videos within this post:
Reese Witherspoon Opens Draper James in Dallas, Talks HBO, Jessica Alba, Malcolm Mitchell and Fashion
Next month the entrepreneurial actress starts shooting “Home Again,” a new film produced by Nancy Meyers that her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer has written the script for and will also produce.
In the increasingly crowded field of actresses-turned-entrepreneurs, Reese Witherspoon certainly ranks near the top, having just opened her second Draper James store, at Highland Park Village in Dallas.
The Southern-inspired collection debuted as an e-commerce business last May and its first boutique bowed in Nashville, Tenn., last fall.
En route to Wednesday’s press day, an in-store luncheon and launch party for the new 1,800-square-foot Draper James boutique, Witherspoon said, “Ever since we went live about a year ago, Dallas has been one of our top cities. Customers in Dallas just really seem to love the brand, which is a celebration of Southern lifestyle. I’ve always been a big fan of the Highland Park Village. It’s a great place for communities and families to get together, to enjoy a meal and to see a movie.”
Interior designer Mark D. Sikes created the store’s welcoming Southern aesthetic with contemporary accents. His work can also be seen in Draper James’ Nashville store and the New Orleans-born Witherspoon is currently working with him on a new home in Nashville as well.
Having hosted events with writers like Emily Giffin, who wrote “First Comes Love” and Kimberly Whitman of “Monograms for the Home” in the Nashville store, Draper James plans to have book signing parties for other authors in the Dallas location. Through Pacific Standard, the production company she cofounded with Bruna Papandrea, Witherspoon has secured the film rights for numerous titles including Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” before it was published. As a literacy advocate, the actress is also big on posting about her favorite reads via Twitter and Instagram. She also recruited NFL rookie Malcolm Mitchell to join her book club, and the pair have tweeted book recommendations.
Witherspoon said, “I was just so inspired by his story and how important books have become in his life. He’s inspired a lot of people to expand their literary knowledge. I love that he’s been so open about it and he’s also written a book himself.”Continue reading this entry »
Reese Witherspoon on Draper James, Southern Hospitality, and More
The Oscar-winning actress gives AD the inside scoop on the design of her new store in Dallas
Southern hospitality comes naturally to Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, who was born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville before making it big in Hollywood. Despite the movie premieres and glamorous sets, it turns out she’s still a Tennessee girl at heart. Witherspoon’s charming, down-home vibe is evident in Draper James, her southern-inspired fashion and lifestyle brand, which offers everything from ladylike skirts to plaid coaster sets and pom-pom keychains. After launching her flagship boutique last year in Nashville, the actress recently opened her second Draper James location, fittingly enough, in Dallas’s buzzy Highland Park Village, collaborating with A-list interior designer Mark D. Sikes on the 1,800-square-foot space. Packed with ready-to-wear dresses, accessories, and home products in a variety of upbeat seasonal prints (including the classic-meets-modern pieces in her new Tailgating collection), the store is sure to become the next It shopping destination. Read on for a look inside the pretty-as-punch boutique and see how Witherspoon pulled it all together.
What was your vision for the new Draper James store? I wanted the store to embody the graciousness of southern culture with traditional elements like wallpaper and moldings, but also have a contemporary feel with light fixtures and art. It was important that the store felt like people were walking into my own home.
What was the design process like? I found inspiration all over—on my travels abroad, on Pinterest, of course, and even in my own family heirlooms. In fact, my grandmother Dorothea Draper had a great affinity for design. Her blue-and-white transferware china was a big inspiration for our blue-and-white decor.
What details stand out in the space? The store is set up with an open floor plan, but there are distinct spaces within. You’re meant to feel as if you’ve entered a friend’s house; first you find yourself in an entryway, then at a long marble island with stools (it’s our cash wrap, but it resembles a kitchen), then finally in a living room. The “rooms” are delineated by beautiful floor-to-ceiling curtains.
What was your collaborating like with Mark D. Sikes? He has an amazing blog that I followed with keen interest; Mark has a contemporary take on traditional design that I find very appealing. When I met with him for the first time, I discovered that he had lived in Nashville as well, so when the time came for me to find a designer to collaborate with, he was a natural fit. He understood my southern sensibility and my desire to create a space that incorporated all the comfort and charm of a southern home.Continue reading this entry »
Hi Reese fans! Today I have updated the Gallery with over 200 additional HQ photos from the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Gala that Reese attended earlier this year. She looked super chic in a dress by J. Mendel, and I particularly love the pics of her with her friend Naomi Watts.
Our Public Appearances section of the Gallery is now almost ‘complete’, with just the years 2014 & 2015 to be updated next … Look out for more updates in the Movies section of the Gallery soon too…
• Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Gala x208 more
Over the past week or so the Gallery has been updated with over 250 more photos from the recent Toronto Film Festival. As posted about at the time, Reese attended the world premiere of her new animated musical comedy Sing at the festival – we now have over 300 gorgeous HQ photos of her at the premiere! Later on on the night of the premiere Reese attended a dinner hosted by Vanity Fair to honour actress Lupita N’yongo during which Reese was snapped with friend Michelle Williams and Vanity Fair director Mira Nair. We also have a few more pics from the following days press conference for Sing.
Our original post was updated with lots of videos and articles from the event.
Open Road Going ‘Home Again’ With Reese Witherspoon Pic
Open Road Films has scooped up North American rights to Home Again, a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. Hallie Meyers-Shyer wrote and will make her feature directing debut with the film, which also stars Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff and Lake Bell. Production is set to begin in the fall for a planned release in Q4 2017.
Witherspoon plays as a recently separated mother of two whose new life in Los Angeles is overturned when she decides to take in three young, charismatic guys who become part of her unconventional family. Nancy Meyers is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who also financed the film. MadRiver is selling international rights.
“Home Again is a funny and sparkling script that will be brought to life by the incomparable Reese Witherspoon,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said in announcing the deal. “Nancy Meyers has brought audiences some of their all-time favorites and has a proven track record at the box office. We are proud to be in business with this family and the entire team.”
Ortenberg and Open Road’s COO/General Counsel Elliott Kleinberg negotiated the deal, with CAA repping the filmmakers.
Meyers-Shyer is repped by WME. Witherspoon, Meyers, Black Bicycle and Wolff are with CAA. Sheen is repped by ICM Partners and Bell by UTA.