Q&A | Reba Cunningham


Ok, so Alabama is now officially on Tomboy Style map. I was just tuned into the men's store Lyonstate in Fair Hope, AL. which also has a holiday pop-up shop in Mobile, and I'm hooked. Reba Cunningham is the founder of Lyonstate—love that she's a woman running a men's store! As a former wholesale manager for A.P.C., she mixes her deep Southern roots with her years spent in New York City for a sophisticated balance that seems to be spot-on for any gentleman or gentlewoman. I'm sure she wears clothing from her store all the time. I would. Reba has, I think, tipped the scales fully into turning me into a total Southernphile (Dixiephile?)—watch out Charleston Fashion Week, I'm coming for you in March!

If not in Fairhope, AL., I would live…back in Brooklyn.

My dream holiday would be to...Argentina.

My current obsessions are...

Food: Gulf Coast seafood, like raw oysters. And around the Holidays we like to grill them in their half shells over an open flame. So delicious!

Fashion: The men's Our Legacy button down shirts from the shop. The fabrics wear really nicely over time.

Music: A rotating list that includes some Avett Brothers, Broken Social Scene, and Wolf Parade.

Retail Store: Lyonstate’s new pop-up shop that we just opened in Mobile, AL.

I channel my childhood self when I...
flip through an atlas and daydream about places to see.

If I had to be outdoors all day I would...like to be on a boat.

My favorite quality in a man is...quiet confidence and a bit of mystery.

My favorite quality in a woman is...wit and realness.

I'm terrified of...extremists of any kind.

My dream car is a...1980 Toyota Land Cruiser.

My cocktail of choice is...usually a cold beer. I love the Titan IPA from Great Divide. A dirty martini never hurts every now and again though.

My celebrity crush is...lately, Jack Huston.

My beauty product of choice is...YSL Lipstick.

My friends and I like to...
watch bad TV together.

If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...the 1940’s to hang out with my grandparents in their early thirties.

As a teenager I was totally into...sports—tennis, volleyball, and basketball.

I tend to splurge on…pastries, coffee, shoes, and now children’s clothes. I had a baby girl four months ago.

Rolling with the daily punches and feeling equally as confident in blue jeans and no makeup as I do in a cocktail dress...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.

15 comments:

Claire said...

dig her answers for quality of men and women

Amielle said...

I love her answers, especially about what makes her a Tomboy. :)

Anonymous said...

ROLL TIDE!!

Anonymous said...

Any idea who makes the jeans in the top photo? They look perfect!

Reba said...

Thanks for the kind comments and thanks for having me Lizzie! Regarding the jeans, they are A.P.C. raw denim that have aged with wear.

Anonymous said...

same thoughts on the jeans! top AND bottom photo.
would love to know the who makes them, too.

Mandy said...
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Mandy said...

Reba: your shop, your style, and your answers made me think that you are pretty rad, but the fact that you have such a handsome basset hound convinced me!(My basset is sitting next to me as I type this.) Hello from just north of you in Montgomery!

kimberly flower said...

Reba...can you tell us where you found the striped sweater in the bottom photo. I wish I was near enough to check out your shop and wonderful style.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, as a Fairhope native, I was shocked and pleased to see this!

Winyan said...

I want to know where her boots are from, too! love her style

Winyan said...

I want to know where her boots are from, too! love her style

Katherine said...

Hi Reba! Where are your boots and top from (in the first photo)? Everything looks brilliant

Reba said...

Hey Ladies, Thanks again! The sweater in the top is wings + horns and the boots are A.P.C., both men's pieces from the shop.