Clad In: Where Meryl Streep Shops

Dispatches from the Stonington businesses involved in the filming of ‘Hope Springs’


It’s not everyday that Meryl Streep asks if you’re willing to open a store afterhours so she can shop, but that’s exactly what happened to the employees of in Stonington Borough last year.

When the cast and crew of a number of the crew were caught perusing Clad In's and 's eclectic, edgy clothing and shoes. One of those people was Streep’s dresser who later came back afterhours with Streep.

“It was exciting, she picked out a couple pieces to be part of her own wardrobe,” Jane Roderick of Clad In said.

Streep purchased several items including a coat by designer Ivan Grundahl that Roderick described as edgy, creative and architectural.

“I was amazed at how tiny she is,” Roderick said.

The store, like many Stonington businesses, offered a 10 percent off discount for all of the cast and crew, and Roderick said several people bought scarves from the store to bring home as gifts to their significant others.

“They were such nice people, they really appreciate the clothing,” Roderick said, adding everyone at Clad In was so excited to see the .

While Clad In didn’t have a role in the filming like some of the other they did stay late on the last night of filming for a scene where Streep walks up the street browsing the stores so the crew could get the lighting right. And while they were filming that the script editor stopped in during breaks and created a whole new wardrobe that Roderick than had shipped to her home in New York.

“She’d come in, put together some pieces, go back to the shooting,” Roderick said. “It was really fun.”

'Hope Springs,' starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carrell debuted August 8, 2012. Partly filmed in Stonington Borough, the movie according to a press release from Mandate Pictures and the , follows a woman named Maeve (Streep) seeking to spice up her marriage. Maeve and her husband (Jones) go to the town of Great Hope Springs to meet a relationship guru (Carell) for “an intense week of marriage and sex therapy.”

Ben Greenfield August 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Fun! My mother had a women's clothing store, years ago, called Hands All Around. When Meryl Streep would visit Mystic to see her folks on Masons Island, she would pop in occasionally to shop.... on her own, or with her mom, who I suspect may have been her defacto dresser - in simpler times. One day, I've been told, Meryl was at the store, upstairs shopping and a customer gushed to my mom, Audrey Heard. "Do you know who that is?" "Yes I do,” Audrey answered in a whisper. "And please leave her alone." Months later, Richard Blackwell, the mercurial fashion critic, named Meryl Streep best dressed at a particular Academy Awards ceremony. When asked where she bought her outfit, Streep replied something like, "I bought it at my favorite little dress shop in Mystic." Interestingly, Hands All Around was located in the same building that Mystic's Clad in is today housed. Nice people at Clad-In; I wish them every success in all of their locations!
Bree Shirvell August 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Wow, what a cool coincidence. Thanks so much sharing the story Ben!
Ben Greenfield August 23, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Wow, Bree, our own private chat room!


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