January 18, 2012 (Charleston, SC) – Hampden has been open 5 years and owner Stacy Smallwood has plans to celebrate with her top brand in high style. Charleston will play host to rag & bone’s iconic design duo, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville, with a day of private shopping, a bluegrass & barbecue party, and presentation of the line’s spring 2012 women’s & men’s collections. “Being from England, we haven’t had the opportunity to experience the South in a big way. We are looking forward to connecting with our customers and the city of Charleston,” explains Wainwright.
Other notable faces in fashion from the north and south will convene in the lowcountry for this two-day fashion extravaganza. “We want to give our customers an experience they won’t forget to commemorate our 5th year in business – what better way than a runway show by one of the industry’s most coveted design houses,” adds Smallwood.
The spring collection will make its runway debut in Charleston on Friday, March 30th at Westbrook Brewery. With barrels of beer as the backdrop, guests will experience a runway presentation and private shopping with the designers. The collection is marked by an invigoratingly bold color palette - electric turquoise, neon orange, navy, yellow, and perennial spring favorite, white. rag & bone’s signature clean-lined tailoring is a constant throughout. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Art of Elysium – a national organization that offers a creative outlet to children who are in long-term hospital care.
For a select group of shoppers, media and style setters, Smallwood will host a private event at her family’s beachfront home to welcome the designers complete with sweet tea vodkas, a lowcountry boil, barbecue and bluegrass music. “Having been with us since the beginning, and being our first vendor in Charleston, Stacy Smallwood was integral in introducing rag & bone to the South,” says Neville. Let the celebration ensue!
Recognized by Vogue and Marie Claire as one of the top boutiques in the country, Hampden has all of the edge you'd expect delivered with the Southern charm you desire. Located on Charleston's historic King Street, the 2,800 square foot retail space is like entering the closet of your most fashionable friend. With cutting-edge American & European designers, high-touch customer service and an inviting atmosphere, Hampden is the south’s premier shopping destination. www.hampdenclothing.com
Rag & Bone is a lifestyle brand offering men’s, women’s, footwear and accessories collections which are available at high end boutiques and exclusive department stores worldwide. Each season, designers David Neville & Marcus Wainwright seek out a mixture of innovative and classic fabrics, which, when blended, give Rag & Bone a modern relevance while retaining a timeless feel. The designers employ a variety of traditional manufacturers and suppliers who lend their superb workmanship and time-honored techniques to the collection. In 2010, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright were named Menswear Designers of the Year by the CFDA.