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Since 1976, we have built a legacy of providing the highest quality men's clothing throughout the Southeast


Our History

Lionel Smith, Ltd was founded in March of 1976 in the heart of downtown Aiken, SC. After working in and managing several clothing stores, our founder, Lionel "Smitty" Smith, decided to open his own haberdashery. With a dream, a commitment to hard work and his family's savings, Smitty opened Lionel Smith, Ltd and began a legacy in Aiken, SC and literally the Southeast.

 In 1992, having worked for his father essentially his entire life, Van Smith bought the business from Smitty. Van decided then that to be successful in the menswear business, Lionel Smith, Ltd had to be known for its high level of customer service and exquisite taste level in merchandise.

 Another chapter in the history of Lionel Smith, Ltd began in June of 2013 when Van and longtime associate Danny Minolfo became business partners.

 Since opening our doors in 1976, we have prided ourselves in finding unique clothing and accessories in the men's market place. We shop markets all along the east coast for vendors that provide quality products that deserve the price on the tag.

I may travel the world... but I shop in Aiken.
— Ron Norris, 15+ year customer

What We Provide

  • Custom Clothing

  • Made to Measure Shirts

  • Expert Alterations

  • Formal Sales and Rentals

  • Appointments Welcome

  • Over 100 Years Combined Sales Experience

  • Hand Selected Merchandise

  • Unpretentious Expert Service

  • Outside Sales to Office or Home