Hampden Clothing is known as the place to see—and be seen—in the charming southern town of Charleston, SC. Stacy Smallwood has created a fashion destination with cutting-edge labels and established designers—and changed the way much of this town dresses in the process! You won’t find the stereotypical punchy floral prints, pastel-hued polo shirts, or oversized pearls in Hampden, that’s for sure. In addition, Hampden frequently hosts events and trunk shows for the likes of Chris Benz, Tinsley Mortimer, and Lizzie Fortunato! From racks of Rag & Bone to Derek Lam, the possibilities for designer dressing are limitless.
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You’ve created the must-visit shopping destination in Charleston for fashion lovers. How did Hampden Clothing become what it is today?
I am flattered that you feel it has become a destination, as that was always my dream. I wanted to bring together a collection of designers that were unique, young, and talented—but they were rarely found outside of New York and LA. I definitely heard comments when opening like, “Do you really think someone down South is going to like Alexander Wang?” But the response has been amazing, and we have found loyal clients that come back year after year because they can find all of their favorite designers under one roof.