AG Celebrity Spotlight: Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire. As one of the best-selling artists of all time, she’s known as the queen of country — but from music to movies and beyond, her 40-plus-year influence touches so much more than the cowboy culture.

More than 10 years ago, she began making a specific mark in fashion and home accessories, which started with a request from Dillard’s for her to put together a clothing line.

“‘I don’t know anything about doing a clothing line,’” she says she told them at the time. “’I grew up with hand-me-downs all my life. I’d like to take a meeting.’ So we took a meeting and after two hours of them showing me the clothes, I said, ‘Guys, I wouldn’t wear anything that you put before me so I can’t put my name on it.’”

They didn’t give up. They wanted to know what she would like. A stack of magazine tear sheets and two months later, and everything they presented was exactly to her taste.

That line, Reba says, expanded into dishes, flatware, shoes, bedding, “about everything in the world.”

Including luggage — which makes sense for the often-on-the-road artist.

She says her number one seller has been a bright turquoise and brown jacquard collection called Santa Fe, but she’s really excited about a new set that’s black with an iridescent crocodile-stamped pattern.

“It’s the wildest thing in the world. I just love the leather on it.”

It’s the kind of pattern, Reba says, that will helps frequent travelers to always find their luggage. “I like to have something that’s different, that when it rolls round on the carousel you know that’s your luggage.”

“That’s why I’m so thrilled about this crocodile imprint,” she adds, “because it’s going to stand out.”

So aside from choosing unique luggage, does Reba have any other packing tips? “Keep your toiletries bag ready to go all the time. One thing I love about our Reba Toiletry Kit is the see-through side — it makes getting through security a lot easier!”

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Photo: Jeremy Cowart