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Draper James made its L.A. debut last week in the company of good friends.

Shannon Rotenberg—Executive Director of the just keep livin Foundation, Oklahoma native, and one of Reese’s BFs—hosted our inaugural trunk show at her stunning Bel Air home, a light-filled modern traditional space that served as the perfect backdrop for our colorful collection.

Although it still felt like summer in the Sunshine State, guests welcomed a dose of fall (our Pennington Short Peacoat practically flew off the racks!) along with the chance to catch up with one another.

Scroll on to see the clothes—and the cupcakes—that caught the eyes of this stylish crew.

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Reese, who can’t get enough of our Avery Printed Lace Peplum Top, poses alongside dear friend and lovely hostess Shannon Rotenberg, who looks festive in our Casey Contrast Top Fit-and-Flare Dress. (Photos by Faith-Ann Young)

TITLE Heather Rosenfield, perfectly polished in our Clementine Embellished Short Sleeve Collared Shirt and SKIRT, merchandises the racks.

Draper James Director of Design Development Heather Rosenfield, perfectly polished in our Clementine Embellished Short Sleeve Collared Shirt, merchandises the racks.


Model and Baby2Baby founder Kelly Sawyer Patricof makes our Florence Tweed Blazer and Francis Denim Fluted Skirt her own, while Kate Stirling of The Wall Group embraces October in our Georgia Windowpane Cape and Lisa Meitner Fedora Hat.


Shannon and her University of Oklahoma sorority sisters, southerners all, show how we keep things chic below the Mason-Dixon line. From left: Shannon Rotenberg (hometown: Okmulgee, OK) in our Casey Contrast Top Fit-and-Flare Dress; Marnie Wright (hometown: Dallas) in our Harper Femme Fitted Dress; Whitney Schones (hometown: San Antonio) in our Lace Nashville Top and Printed Knoxville Pant; Ashley Nettleton (hometown: Oklahoma City) in our Eyelet Love Circle Dress, and Hillary Jenney (hometown: Tulsa, OK) in our Solid Garland Tank and Collection Matelasse Skirt.


Ellen Kershaw, co-founder of Kershaw’s Challenge, makes a seasonal statement.


Actress Laura Dern, who co-starred with Reese in Wild, models our Florence Tweed Blazer alongside actress Christa Lawrence in our Lisa Meitner Fedora Hat, one of the day’s top sellers.


Well, Hello, Sugar. Our signature mint juleps and Draper James logo cupcakes from cult-favorite Sprinkles (owned by generous Draper James friend Candace Nelson) made the afternoon even sweeter.

Welcome to the Draper James blog. My little slice of space to share the things I love most about life: people, parties, food, and fun!  It’s everything Draper James  stands for. and I hope you like it. 

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