Local children's clothing company has cameo on Mad Men 

Shrimp and Grits Kids provided little Gene's outfit

My boss over here at CP once came up with an idea for a column based on Charleston things we can spot in Army Wives. Unfortunately, I had to turn the idea down — and no, not because I don’t like Lifetime shows, but because I don’t have cable in the first place. But one show I always manage to watch, cable or no, is Mad Men. And lo and behold, a Charleston thing appeared on the series’ Sept. 12 episode.

Shrimp and Grits Kids is a Mt. Pleasant-based children’s clothing company known for its hand-smocked clothing. Spoiler alert: In this particular Mad Men episode, Betty and her new husband host a birthday party for Gene, Betty and Don’s son. On his special day, Gene is dressed in Shrimp and Grits Kids’ vintage-inspired Smocked Tricycle Shortall, and boy, does he look dapper. He even might give his father a run for his money in the fashion department. "I was honored and very excited that such a popular and critically acclaimed show such as Mad Men selected one of my designs for the show,” says Megan Hewitt, the company’s owner.

“My line is inspired predominately by the Lowcountry, but my designs also have a classic or vintage feel to them,” she adds. “Smocked children’s clothing is timeless and is just as relevant and popular now as the designs were then.”

You can dress your own 2-year-old up just like Gene Draper (Francis?) at a discount; the outfit is available on Shrimp and Grits Kids website for a discounted price of $32.


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