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Hempton's Retro Threads is a one-of-a-kind boutique created by us, Beth & Patrick Hempton, a husband & wife team. We both love vintage fashion and design and shopping in unique boutiques. Wanting to create our own quirky small business to help “Keep Austin Weird,” we decided to start with a website.
We're huge fans of vintage glamour, so we created an online retro lingerie store, meant to invoke the sexiness of classic boudoir and burlesque lingerie from days gone by. A web store was a low-risk way to get our foot in the door and learn, while keeping our overhead costs extremely low. After about six years of running the online lingerie store, we decided to go for it and open our own brick and mortar boutique!
With the boutique, we've been able to expand our product offerings to include dresses, separates, swimwear, shoes, jewelry, purses, and a selection of menswear as well. You won't find an overwhelming hodge-podge of items though; our focus is on creating a well-curated boutique. We buy in small quantities, keeping stock turnover higher, so that we can get new stuff in more often. That means that you'll see something new and fun every time you come in! But it also means that our most popular items don't stick around for very long, so please keep that in mind. If you see something you like, don't wait or you might miss out on it!