One of my fall must-haves this year was a classic pair of menswear-inspired loafers for wearing around the city. After coming up short almost everywhere, I was about settle for a pair of classic Bass Weejuns until I found the absolute perfect pair while we were in Charleston.
Hampden, on King Street, stocks most of the contemporary designers that you’ll find in places like Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman in New York, but owner Stacy Smallwood also prides herself on stocking a lot of smaller labels. I sat down and talked with Stacy for Condé Nast Traveler and was impressed with her passion for supporting independent designers and always being on the cusp of discovering the next big thing. (People thought she was crazy for carrying Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang in Charleston when she opened six years ago!)
The perfect loafers (now on sale!) came by way of Dieppa Restrepo, a Colombian design duo that I hadn’t even heard until I visited Hampden. The label’s founders, Andrea Vargas Dieppa and Elisa Restrepo, wanted to create a line of shoes that were androgynous yet elegant and refined, and chic yet comfortable and durable enough for city living.
Now that my shoes have had a few of months of wear around the city, they’ve only gotten better—wearing in just so and even withstanding all of the elements of the city. Not surprisingly, the whole line is equally covetable, especially these minty-green oxfords and this white pair, similar to my own.