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Episode 5

Homecoming in style

Designer Stacey Clark in her 1969 280 SL
Designer Stacey Clark cruises through her hometown in her 1969 280 SL.
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Born and raised in the lush seaside landscape of Victoria, Canada, Stacey Clark’s ambitions to become a fashion designer called her away from home. After completing her studies, she packed her things and set out across the globe to Los Angeles, New York, Berlin and Paris to establish and grow her first independent clothing line. Quickly jaded by the culture of the industry, her mind wandered back to simpler times and she decided to return home. Back in Victoria, she teamed up with her mother Betsyn Clark, an interior designer by trade, and together they built a luxury event decoration and fine linen company called Faire la Fête.

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Coming home meant reuniting with the people and things Clark loved most—including her 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL. She acquired the slick black jewel when she was 18. With a revamped paint job by world famous Mercedes-Benz restorer Rudi Koniczek, a fellow Victorian, the vintage roadster is an eye-catching machine of craftsmanship in an equally beautiful environment. Whether it’s to quickly pick up drapery downtown or attend meetings with clients and production managers across the island—for Clark, the joy of the drive is an end unto itself. In this episode of My Mercedes & I, we spend the day cruising along the edge of the Pacific with Stacey Clark in her classic 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL to experience the magic of the place she calls home.