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Growing up, Nashville native Claire Brandon (who now splits her time between Nashville and Clarksdale, MS) spent her summers in the Mississippi Delta, visiting family in Clarksdale and Shelby. After several years in New York City, working for Harper’s Bazaar and big-name brands like Calvin Klein, Under Armour and Tommy Hilfiger, Claire returned to her roots with the launch of Delta Vintage, an online apparel company she built to explore, honor and support the Mississippi Delta.
The Delta is part of Claire’s story, but it’s not just her story she seeks to tell. Through the way she styles vintage apparel, and through Delta Vintage’s online journal, printed zine, and captivating photography, Claire wants to create representation and support for a region often overlooked and written off. By highlighting the area’s artists, writers, musicians and other residents, she both celebrates and challenges aspects of the community that she believes make it one of the most nuanced and misunderstood regions in the country. Though she once wrote in an online journal entry that “I need the Delta more than the Delta needs me,” Claire also wants to give back. Delta Vintage also offers a screen print collection — printed on vintage garments — and the proceeds go to after school programs such as C2k Ministries’ RE>Direct After School Program in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, the Delta Arts Alliance in Cleveland, Mississippi, and GRAMMY Museum in Cleveland. Meet today’s FACE of Nashville, Claire Brandon.