About us

Owners Derek and Kari Beth Chitwood opened Empire South Clothier in Watkinsville, GA in May of 2013. With a vision to provide local residents of Oconee County with quality clothing, the couple has continued to nurture and refine its offerings. Combining forward southern style and affordable, practical trends, the Chitwoods have built a brand that epitomizes who they are and now with 3 downtown locations (Watkinsville, Lavonia, and Athens) Empire South is steadily becoming the go-to shop for both men and women in Northeast Georgia. 

 
 We hope you'll see that we provide the highest level of customer service, and that we are here to help our shoppers find the perfect outfit, gift, or piece for their home. We are so thankful for you, so please let us know if we can ever help or improve in any way. Thank you for visiting our site and shop #empiresouth!
-The Chitwoods 

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