When I think about Core Values for Hampden, I think simply about how I want to show up in my life as a person and how I want to be treated. When owning a business people often think about how they want to be perceived instead of reflecting on how they want to show up for their clients and how they want their clients to feel when they leave the doors.
Authenticity is not a word often used when describing the core values of a small business let alone a women’s clothing store. A small business is more than the brick and mortar walls that it inhabits. It is one person’s careful planning, sleepless nights, bold risks, and willingness to do anything and everything in their power to bring their vision to life to ultimately tell a story. With Hampden, I wanted to bring designers together that are emerging into fashion and trying to tell their own stories through their art. Each season I search the world for collections that inspire me, and I hand select each piece that hangs in Hampden. Each piece has a purpose, a story, a reason for being there and I proudly hang in them together as something I have cultivated.
Connection is at the core of what we do at Hampden. We have been in the dressing room with women at some of their most vulnerable and their most exciting times in their lives. We are encouraging them as they learn to dress a new body shape after a double mastectomy, listening to their fears as they get dressed to face a new life without their spouse, and sharing in their excitement as they find a new dress for their daughter’s wedding. We don’t just help you find a dress, a top, and outfit; but instead we connect with you so we can listen to you, support you, and dress you for those moments in life that are the most important. We all get dressed in the morning, and we are here to help you feel your most beautiful at each moment in your life.
I am grateful for each and every day that I get to do what I love. I am grateful when women say they have never felt more beautiful when wearing clothing they found at Hampden. When women say they felt empowered to take on their most difficult day because they felt beautiful. I am grateful when women trust us to try a new style because they know we would never put them in anything that doesn’t bring out their beauty or their personality. I am grateful for my incredible team that believes in my vision and do not work on commission to make themselves more money but instead for the best interests of the clients. I am grateful for my incredible E-commerce team that runs every single aspect of this website in house and is constantly evolving the site to better suit the needs of our clients.
Stacy Smallwood, owner & buyer
“Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing.”
My goal is to support women and empower them even in some small way to find their voice. Fashion can be a suit of armor that allows you to stand a little taller, face your day, and love the person on the outside as much as the inside. Show the world you believe in yourself and they too shall follow.
Recognized by Vogue and Marie Claire magazines 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, our 4,000+ square foot space reflects who we are–think old-world tin ceilings meets clean lines and industrial details meets Edison bulb chandeliers and Rebecca Atwood wallpaper. There’s even a waiting lounge with a TV and a fully-stocked bar for our clients’ companions. Whether you’re one of our long-time devotees or it’s your first visit, shopping at Hampden is like entering the closet of your most fashionable friend. Our specialty is approvals–hand-picking and perfectly packaging an assortment of pieces tailored to our clients’ style. Simply put, service is everything to us.
The main store resides at 314 King Street and continues to gain recognition for it's unique assortment of 60+ coveted American and European designer RTW and accessories brands, including Marni, Co, Proenza Schouler, Isabel Marant, Lizzie Fortunato, Stella McCartney, and Tibi. With a focus on creating clean lines with an inviting atmosphere, Hampden's January 2017 renovation included adding industrial fixtures to allow the clothing to hang against a clean backdrop, installing Rebecca Atwood wallpaper and plush carpeting in the dressing rooms for glamour, and creating a spacious seating area to accommodate shopping companions.
In October 2018, Hampden opened its sister store, SMALL. Only 5 doors down from Hampden, SMALL features all the amazing pieces you love from Hampden, but for your everyday life. You'll find Ulla Johnson, Ganni, Staud, and many more wearable and stylish designers.
314 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
324 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
A.P.C. • Abacus Row • Alice McCall • All Things Mochi • Apiece Apart • Baum Und Pferdgarten • Ganni • Gelareh Mizrahi • Izola • KULE • Marc Jacobs • Mounser • Rag & Bone • Rhode Resort • Sea • See by Chloe • Staud • Stine Goya • Ulla Johnson • Unfortunate Portrait • Xirena • Yves Salomon