Meet the Girl Hosting the Coolest Party in the South This Week

March 18, 2014 | By | Comments (6)
Photo by Robbie Caponetto

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

For the last eight years Jessica Graves, part of our 75 Most Stylish Southerners, has cultivated a strong following digging up the best on Southern music, fashion, and home décor for her lifestyle site, The Love ListNow Jessica, who is also Creative Director for Shops Around Lenox in Buckhead, brings all that knowledge of Southern artisanship and cool by hosting Atlanta’s mother of all pop-up shops, along with Clay Reeves from sandal line Clay & Bros. and Brian Francis from Red’s Outfitters.

On the roster for the 39 X 43 Pop-Up Shop (named for the Mason-Dixon line coordinates) are heavy-hitters like Billy Reid and Peter Nappi, along bright up-and-comers such as Andover Trask. Add to that demonstrations by Callie’s Biscuits, kegs from Monday Night Brewing, and a special show by the Futurebirds, and you have what is sure to be the most buzzed about party in the South this week. Here, Jessica shares the 10 Southern brands that are rocking her world now.

For women’s wear: 
Billy Reid never ceases to take my breath away with his women’s collections. I love the luxe textures and heirloom quality.”

For men’s wear:
“The in-house brand at TWEEDS on Atlanta’s West Side is doing some great stuff right now. Their men’s shirts are cut beautifully and I love the irreverent prints on their ties.”

For home goods: 
“You can pick and peruse tons of eclectic whatnots at Taigan—I am in love with the August Morgan’s cheeky cocktail napkins. For girlier fare, I love Mandy’s edited collection of finds at Waiting on Martha.”

For online shopping: 
Morgan Kylee just launched an e-commerce presence. Not only is it clean and easy to navigate, but you can find items on there that exist nowhere else online.”

For shoes: 
“My family has a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains near the Ocoee river. I can’t wait to wear my new Clay + Bros. sandals in the rapids this summer.”

For jewelry: 
“I love the dichotomy of S. Carter’s jewelry—the rugged leather and delicate diamonds play really well together.”

For accessories: 
Red’s Outfitters has a new style out called the Carter that I have to get my hands on. It’s a nice departure from the classic wayfarer style.”

For small-batch foods: 
“I love Emily G’s jams. The jalapeño-raspberry on a biscuit will change your life.”

For spirits:  
“Four Roses bourbon is really my thing right now. It’s moderately priced but tastes pricey. I can drink it two fingers with a little water just like the more expensive stuff.”

For art: 
“I just bought a pair of paintings from Atlanta’s Maggie Mathews that proudly hang on my living room wall.”

Check out Jessica and all the other Southern tastemakers in the 75 Most Stylish Southerners.


  1. JNG

    I pulled that off with my own blood, sweat, and tears when I was only 26 to activate empty retail space. My boss was really happy with it. Gotta love the trolls though.

    March 4, 2017 at 9:25 pm
  2. JNGrifter

    I’m pretty sure her employer, who she totally scammed to promote herself, hosted that party… not her.

    August 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm
  3. Kathryn

    This is so great. Wish I could be in Atlanta this weekend!

    March 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm
  4. Patti clauss

    Love This post. How do I not know you. let’s be friends

    March 19, 2014 at 8:21 am
  5. The Ensemble – 39×43 Atlanta Pop-Up Shop – Jeans & Ties

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    March 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm
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    March 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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