If you’ve made it a priority to support more women-owned clothing brands as you refresh your spring and summer wardrobe, then you’ll want to add Hampden‘s newest offering to your seasonal shopping list. The retailer just announced that it’s kicking off the first of several exclusive product drops with pieces from four female-founded brands, all of which happen to be favorites among style obsessives.
The first iteration features one-of-a-kind items from four visionary women in fashion, including Gigi Burris, Kika Vargas, Lingua Franca, and Ulla Johnson. Gigi Burris designed warm weather accessories like a straw hat and a patterned headband. Kiki Vargas opted for bold patterns, crafting a dress, top, and shorts in the same lilac silk jacquard print. Knitwear favorite Lingua Franca created a navy cashmere sweater featuring Hampden’s three core brand values: “Humble, Hungry, Smart.” And celebrity favorite Ulla Johnson debuted a quintessential swingy summer dress, available in a rich orchid hue or in a vibrant multicolored floral print.
“My hope is that these special pieces become staples in your wardrobe,” Hampden founder and CEO Stacy Smallwood said in a press release. “It’s a privilege being able to support and collaborate with other female entrepreneurs. It’s what drives me.”
Smallwood began her career in fashion in the Neiman Marcus buying program. Her first position was as an assistant buyer, eventually working her way up to department manager in the flagship store. Then, in February 2007, Smallwood went out on her own to open Hampden.
Today, it’s a boutique in Charleston, South Carolina that spans nearly 10,000 square feet and is filled with expertly curated designer items, ranging from ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, and accessories. Each season, Smallwood travels the world to discover and seek out new items that inspire her, hand selecting each piece that’s on display in the boutique.
Fittingly, these forthcoming product drops will also coincide with Hampden’s 15th anniversary celebrations. “Hampden is truly a labor of love, and I cannot wait for you all to see what we have been planning in celebration of this special milestone,” Smallwood said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to kick off our 15th anniversary with four incredible designer exclusives from female founded brands.”
The Hampden exclusives are available for a limited time and can be purchased online and in-store. Get a first look at the collection below.