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Logan Neitzel with Stylist Patti Wilson at his recent launch event in NY.

Ok, Charleston fashion scene it's time to get excited! Let's think back to last March. During Charleston Fashion Week we got the opportunity to meet New York designer Logan Neitzel who not only contributed to the Emerging Designer Competition but also hosted a trunk show at Hampden Clothing followed by an appearance on the runway with owner, Stacy Smallwood. Good memories! Well, good news! On Friday, November 5th Logan Neitzel returns to Hampden presenting the Zeitgeist Fashion Event featuring a trunk show of his Fall 2010 line as well as his latest SS 2011 collection recently presented during New York Fashion Week with pieces designed exclusively for the store!

This is not going to be your typical trunk show by far. Hampden Clothing has visually transformed their space for this affair that will include artwork from the designer, live DJ, models presenting the collection, appetizers provided by FIG along with spirits by Firefly Distillery and wine provided by Republic National Distribution, and amazing swagbags from Blue Mercury. Of course every fashion event must have an after-party! Don't miss this celebration at O-Ku, voted one of 2010's Best Restaurants by Esquire Magazine!

When I first met Logan, I thought he had such a mysterious and powerful presence. Not to mention the obvious...striking good looks! However, this designer has been building a brand over the past year, giving fashion a forward innovative dose through signature staples and handcrafted pieces. Here I reach out to Neitzel to strip away a bit of the mystery and get a more personal look on what makes him tick!

CM: Your last trunk show in Charleston took place during Charleston Fashion Week this past March. What has your journey as a designer been like since then?
LN:  I’ve been establishing myself in the city and I also designed and showed my Spring 2011 collection at New York Fashion Week.

CM:  How have things changed since the launch of your online shop?
LN:  The online store allows more international access to my line. Previously, only the U.S. had access. Shipping pieces oversees makes me happy because I believe that’s where my strongest customer base will be.

CM:  I last saw you at New York Fashion Week following your own runway presentation. How was that experience? How has the after math been?
LN:  NYFW was stressful and we were down to the wire but overall the presentation was received very well. It was rewarding to show Elle, Vogue, WWD, T magazine and more what I do. Following fashion week are sales meetings, press days and stylist requests. Then comes production – it’s an unending process.

CM:  Charleston's design community is growing rapidly. What advice would you give emerging designers about the business?
LN:  The fashion industry is difficult. Don’t be a trend-jumper. If you have a vision, stay true to it. If you don’t have a vision, consider a different business.

CM: What is your overall design aesthetic with your latest collection? Who do you design for?
LN:  Spring 2011 was my most accessible collection to date. I design for any age, male or female – it’s for people who are strong, sexy, confident and independent. They understand my aesthetic and can incorporate it into a personal style. My ultimate intention is to create a cult following of loyal fans who’ll return season to season for a special piece.

CM:  If I was to take a peek into your closet what would I see?
LN:   Lots of black.
CM:   What type of things do you like to see a women wear? Any fashion don'ts?
LN:  Don’ts: Overdoing yourself – editing is important. And Uggs.

CM:  What can Charleston expect to see at your Hampden Clothing trunk show? What drew you back to have a second trunk show?
LN:  This trunk show will include custom made pieces. I’m returning to Charleston because Hampdens boutique has promoted my career for the last year and I appreciate Charleston’s support.

CM:  Do you have an inspiration wall or mood board? What kinds of things are on it?
LN:  Yes, I have an inspiration board. It’s full of mystics, muses, parcels, life and death and texture.

CM:  In your collection would you describe any one thing a signature item?
LN: Leather is a signature for me. I’ve carried the epaulettes and shoulders through Spring from Fall. Caging, cutouts, structure and some fur are also consistent themes but I can’t call any single item representative of my aesthetic.

CM:  What do trends mean to you?
LN:  To me, trends are fleeting.

CM:  What's next on the horizon for your brand?
LN:  Next, I’m focusing on the Fall 2011 collection and expanding the brand across retail outlets.

Don't miss your opportunity to meet the designer Friday, November 5th at Hampden Clothing on King Street from 7 - 10 p.m. with after-party at O-Ku! Trunk Show will continue on Saturday, November 6th from 7 - 10 p.m.