In 2016, I was enjoying Christmas with my family and we began to chat over champagne about the year before and the year ahead. The year before was a particularly tough one, as we had lost our sweet father to cancer. This meant that my mom would need to sell the family home on Hampton Road in Austin, Texas because it was too much house for her to live in alone.
After some more champagne, sad reflection gave way to sunnier thoughts about the year ahead. Invariably, these thoughts involved Texas Longhorn Football. I had just learned that Texas was implementing a Clear Bag Policy. My brother, Jack, joked “How are you going to accessorize for gameday with a clear bag?” Fueled by champagne, I boasted “I guess I’ll have to make one pretty enough to qualify as an accessory.” The following morning, my husband Bruce, woke me with a Cheshire-Cat grin and some Alka Selzer and said, “I’ve done some research on clear bag policies and …..”
The rest is history.
After numerous trips to New York, London, Central Mexico, and the sewing machine repair shop, Hampton Road Designs officially launched in July 2018. Since then, we have been picked up by over 100 retailers across the US and expanded our product line to feature all leather and silk products.
This success has only been possible with the support and encouragement of our family, friends, and early customers who took a chance on us. Essentially, Hampton Road Designs is a tribute to my home on Hampton Road and the embodiment of our unique sense of style. I hope our line brings you as much joy as creating it has brought us!
Lisa & Bruce