Jane Davidson pop up designer boutique

Jane DavidsonEdinburgh designer boutique Jane Davidson is hosting a pop up shop with well known designer brands at cut price. Opening at 10am on 18th February at 22 Randolph Place in Edinburgh, the shop will be known as ‘Jane’s Dressing Room’ and is just around the corner from Jane’s usual premises.

Nikki Clark, Boutique Manager at Jane Davidson, said: “People can expect a great range of fantastic reductions and bargains right through from jeans to gowns. We always have fantastic pieces from previous collections and you can grab a pair of designer jeans at high street prices. For those of us who may feel too intimidated by the triple figures on the labels the shop gives you the chance to pick up a new outfit at an affordable price. This will also give you the chance to purchase an exclusive outfit that you would not find on the high street avoiding those embarrassing outfit clashes during a night out.”

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Harrods Estates pop up shop

For the first time in 115 years, prime estate agency Harrods Estates will be showcasing their property in possibly the most famous shop window in London.

The pop up will run until 2nd March and will be in the Harrods window on the corner of Old Brompton Road and Hans Road.

This collaboration between Harrods’ interior design service, The Studio, and Harrods Estates is designed to show off the ‘complete home solutions’ offered to buyers and marking a return to the estate agency’s roots. Shirley Humphrey, Director of Harrods Estates, said: “There is no more popular window in the capital and we are delighted that we can showcase some of London’s most high-profile residential developments and houses to the international market.”

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Forest Hill Fashion Week Pops Up

Forest Hill Fashion WeekForest Hill becomes an essential destination for fashionistas from 15th-19th February, as the team behind the SEE3 pop up shops stages ‘Forest Hill Fashion Week’.

 SEE3 is one of Boris Johnson’s London Portas Pilots, which was awarded £300,000 in order help revitalise high streets and promoting job creation in Lambeth and Tower Hamlets. Lewisham Council is providing an additional £137k to help rejuvenate the areas high streets with new street markets, start-up opportunities for new businesses and creative exhibitions. The aim of the team is to provide a springboard for businesses to trial their propositions in the high street and to stimulate long-term demand for empty shops. With The Butchery, who had a pop up shop at Christmas in Forest Hill, opening the doors of their permanent shop later this month the team have a pretty good record at bringing businesses to the high street that meet the needs of the community.

Louise Brooks, the Project Manager tasked with delivery of SEE3‘s pop up shop programme ‘The Shop Revolution’, said: “Forest Hill has become a hub for designer-makers and fashionable boutiques in recent years and so it is an ideal time to stage a celebration of local design talent and style. And of course the event will see the opening of our latest pop up shop SEE Boutique on Dartmouth Road with pop up tenants Love Ur Look selling their fabulous reproduction vintage outfits.”

With collections from local designers at Forest Hill’s boutiques, in-store events, textile and accessory workshops, fashion and jewellery upcycling, frock-swapping, markets, catwalk shows (including a dress-up catwalk for children) there will be something for all ages. For a full list of events taking place during this festival of local fashion interested you can visit www.see3.co.uk/fhfw.


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Housing minister urges town centres to use pop up shops

Mark Prisk, Minister for Housing, has urged Town Teams to use pop up shops to boost flagging high streets. Showcasing the Government’s first pop up shop within the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) office building in London, Mr Prisk said: “I’m able to stand tall and proud and say we’ve done it and so can you.”

DCLG has been working for some time to revitalise our flagging high streets, funding Town Teams following the Portas Review. Mr Prisk now expects pop-up shops to help with the revitalization of town centres, but believes the main barrier is likely to be property owners. “Landlords will need to move away from conventional blue chip chains”, he said.

Here at Popupspace we’ve negotiated hundreds of pop up lease deals since we started out back in 2008. As property agents we do understand the concerns of landlords as well as the opportunities pop up leasing can offer tenants. Although we’ve seen landlord confidence in the pop up concept grow over the past couple of years, there is still progress to be made and we are delighted that the Government is supporting the UK’s fledgling pop up industry.

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PopUp Britain’s first pop up shop outside of London

Launching this week is the first pop up shop managed by PopUp Britain outside of London.  The pop up is based in Moreton-Marsh in Gloucestershire and will offer 12 small businesses the chance to trial their companies in a retail space.

StartUp Britain co-founder Emma Jones has indicated that this is just the beginning of PopUp Britain’s national roll out, stating: “We are delighted to be able to take our first steps outside London.  Watch out for many more coming soon”.

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Bluesky Pie

Making a difference to the lives of homeless people in Folkstone, community music company Bluesky Pie is running a pop up shop at 67 Old High Street from Saturday until 23rd February.

In aid of the Folkstone Churches Winter Shelter, the shop will be open daily between 10am and 4pm and will be selling second hand clothing, books and toys to help fund a van for the project.

Organiser Di Burns said: “We think it’s so important to look after homeless people in our community.  We went to visit the shelter in one of the churches last week and we were very moved by how hard the volunteers work to care for their clients.  We met some lovely people who were very pleased there was such provision so we want to raise as much money as possible for them.”

For more information see www.wintershelter.org.uk

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Swatch pop up project shop

Swatch opened a pop up project store on 26th January on Oxford Street, London, featuring the brand’s Spring/Summer collection and a new campaign to launch the newest addition to their collection. The ‘True Love Has Nothing To Hide’ campaign is up and running and the store features a Swatch kissing booth and Swatch cupids to celebrate the launch of A La Folie.

There will be competitions for visitors to win watches, and from 15th February the store will also host a variety of live art projects to showcase talent and creativity.

For further information see http://shop.swatch.com/gb/en/Home.aspx

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Rock My Boutique

With the first of their pop up shops appearing at Hampton Manor, West Midlands on 17th March, Rock My Wedding are putting together a boutique of all things wedding. It includes pieces from their own AW12 collection as well as from DC Bouquets and Shoes from Harriet Whilde.

Pop in to see them if you are a blushing bride to be and see if you can find something to rock your world!

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Marks and Spencer opened first ever Oxfam charity pop up shop

M & SMarble Arch was the location for the new M&S two day Oxfam pop up shwop shop. Over 40 celebrities including Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe and Plan B all donated items that were sold. To gain entry to the shop you needed a special ticket – something to “shwop” (an unwanted or unused item of clothing).

Adam Elman, Head of Plan A Delivery at Marks & Spencer, said: “The Shwop Shop is a celebration of shwopping. Fashion influencers, designers, stylists, thought-leaders and visionaries have given their sign of approval by donating their unwanted items and we hope this will inspire a new generation of shwoppers who see fashion and sustainability as one. The aim is to change people’s attitudes towards clothes recycling and give unwanted garments a future.”

 The celebrity shop was staffed by a host of famous faces throughout the two days including shwopping guru Joanna Lumley, who said:

“By opening your hearts, minds and your wardrobe and going shwopping, you can not only bag an outfit worn on the red carpet or to a glitzy awards evening, but help the environment too. Fashion with a conscience, it is perfect isn’t it? By shwopping all we want you to do is give your unwanted items stuffed in the back of your wardrobe a future. Simply bring an old item back every time you buy a new outfit, shwop and shop! Come to the Shwop Shop, shwop and shop and leave with a smile – the world will then feel a better place!”

Marks and Spencer has pioneered the idea of shwopping – a revolutionary clothes recycling initiative where customers can donate any item of clothing, of any brand, to be re-used, resold or recycled by charity partner Oxfam.

The campaign aims to put an end to the one billion items currently ending up in landfill every year. All M&S clothing stores now accept used and unwanted items of clothing from any brand, all year round. The ultimate aim for M&S is to collect 350 million items a year – recycling as many clothes as it sells.

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Relaxation of planning rules to go ahead

Wanting a swift and responsive planning system to assist in getting empty and underused buildings back in use, the coalition government is in the process of increasing the scope of permitted development rights in order to facilitate growth. Getting empty town centre building back into use is a large part of that with the idea being to create opportunities for new and start-up businesses and improve the viability of town centres.

The decision has been made to allow a range of commercial buildings to convert temporarily to a set of alternative uses including shops (A1), financial and professional services (A2), restaurants and cafes (A3) and offices (B1) for up to 2 years. Whilst the changes have been approved, it will take some time before they are actioned. However the Government is working to amend regulations as quickly as possible.

Great news for pop up shops everywhere!

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