Harper's Bazaar (USA)
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
There’s an art to creating an unrivaled shopping experience and our partner and HAMPDEN founder STACY SMALLWOOD has mastered it. The expert buyer is celebrating her store’s 15TH ANNIVERSARY with a series of fashion events, including a lineup of EXCLUSIVE MUST-HAVES from the most exciting designers that you won’t find anywhere else. Poetic florals, bold stripes, glittering emeralds—these are the special pieces you need now.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO CELEBRATE HAMPDEN’S 15TH ANNIVERSARY? I am so proud of all that we have built and grateful to be able to do what I love every single day! Hampden has always been an early adopter of new technology and embracing the power of social media platforms. Having a strong e-commerce website and 10,000-squarefoot space has allowed us to grow in ways we never thought possible.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOUR NEW SEASON EDIT? We are always looking to add talented young designers before they become household names to our current edit of established brands. This season, I’m excited for our clients to shop new names like Sa Su Phi, La Collection, and Minuit alongside designer favorites Khaite, Dries Van Noten, and Proenza Schouler.
WHAT MAKES THESE EXCLUSIVES SO SPECIAL? We collaborated with our favorite designers to create exclusive capsule collections and styles that will spark joy. Every exclusive is a true representation of the brand’s unique DNA combined with the spirit of Hampden and our clients. From statement-makers to forever classics, there’s so much specialness to explore—you’ll want to shop immediately.
MUST-HAVE TRENDS OF THE SEASON? Bright colors, paillettes, and embellishments dominated the runways this fall. There was an exuberant, joyful energy at the shows that felt celebratory. Layering bold jewelry is also a must. Spinelli Kilcollin does the most incredible pairings of metals and stones— our clients are obsessed, and we cannot keep them in stock!