Five days of fun fashion

loveurlookThis September sees a celebration of British designers at Le Garage on 115 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill.

Open from 5th – 10th September, the pop up shop will stock unique and handmade vintage-inspired 1950’s clothing and hair accessories.

“English garden, nature’s playground and 50s fun inspire my collection for 2012”, says designer Ronke Fashola. The founder of Stylizers style consultancy will not only be selling her fun and feminine designs aimed at all ages. There will also be free drop-in style consultation sessions, giving you the chance to have your body shape assessed.Vintage style jewellery and unique art work and cards will also be on offer.

The pop up is open from 11am – 7pm each day so pop in!

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Royal Photographic Society pop up gallery

Royal Photographic SocietyPictures of sportsmen and women have gone on show in Bath.

The dramatic pictures showcase winners from the first part of the RPS online Summer of Sport photography competition. The competition draws winners from 2,300 entries and the second part of the competition is online at www.imagecomp.org

Open in Stall Street the pictures will be on shop until 16th September.

Society’s director-general Dr Michael Pritchard said: “The society is excited to be able to present photography outside a formal gallery where it will be seen by many hundreds of thousands of people.

“At the same time it will make good use of an empty shop, turning it into an asset for the city and an attraction for visitors over the summer months.”

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John Lewis pop up shop

John LewisJohn Lewis are rumoured to be opening their first ever pop up shop in Exeter prior to the opening of their main store in the town. Mainly a branding exercise to promote awareness of their products, the store is likely to be spread over 70,000 sq ft (considerably smaller then the average John Lewis at 132,000 sq ft)

Due to open in the autumn – watch this space!

www.johnlewis.com

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Tesco virtual pop up shop

TescoIf you are like us and find it really annoying to come back to an empty fridge when you get home from your holidays, then you are going to like the new virtual pop up from Tesco.   Located in Gatwick’s North Terminal, it gives you the opportunity to order your weeks shopping to be delivered on your return (you can book a delivery up to 3 weeks in advance).

Very user friendly, the terminal uses interactive digital displays to help you find everything in virtual fridges, you then scan the barcodes with your smartphone and book your delivery.

Tesco’s have already tried out a virtual shop in South Korea, which allows commuters to shop in subways and at bus stops with their mobile phones, with the UK version going a step further with the digital displays.

The virtual store is open now and Tesco’s staff will be on hand to guide you through the ordering process.

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Made in Chelsea

Candy KittensMade in Chelsea star Jaime Laing has opened his first pop up shop in Kings Road, Chelsea.

Candy Kittens is the brainchild of the McVities heir and if you are a fan of the reality show you will know that this has been in the planning for a little while now. The shop is essentially a sweet shop but no problem if you don’t have a sweet tooth as you will also find a range of Candy Kitten T-Shirts, pyjamas and phone cases.

Jaime said “Candy Kittens are fun, cute, sexy, attractive and desirable. It’s like a mixture between Kate Hudson and Mila Kunis.”

Spencer Matthews, Cheska Hull, Millie Makintosh and Francis Boule were among the cast members at the launch along with Tom Gearing, the apprentice runner up.

Candy Kittens is open now at 336 Kings Road, Chelsea – pop in and have a look!

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Peculiar pop up shop!

PeculiarShopAn empty shop in Seacombe was converted into a den of delights for young people in the area. Among those events happening across a week were drama workshops, healthy cooking and eating day and a visit from the herpetological society with a collection of snakes, lizards and creepy crawlies all of which were complemented by stories and games.

Hosted by the Reader Organisation the scheme was opened by the Mayor or Wirral, Counciller Gerry Ellis.

Councillor Pat Hackett, Wirral Council cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy said: “This sounds like a really fun week. The Empty Shops Fund was created to do much more than just fill space on Wirral’s high streets, and with help from our partners in the NHS and the Reader Organisation, the Peculiar Pop-Up Story Shop has provided a week packed with activities for children from Seacombe, and one which we hope they will remember fondly for a long time.”

Lynn Elsdon, Reader Organisation’s young person’s project worker, who organised the event said: “We’ve had a brilliant week letting our imaginations run wild with the cookery, creatures, and crafts and bringing a disused space to life with the stories and poems. The children have really enjoyed taking part and will hopefully be encouraged to carry on reading and being active for the rest of the summer.”

The week of events was open to twenty children aged eight to eleven and included readings from “A Little, Aloud for Children”, an anthology of poems and stories for young people.

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Boden in the bullring

BodenBoden the catalogue fashion retailer is opening a pop up shop in Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre.

Open from 31st August until Christmas, the store will showcase the company’s entire autumn/winter range.

Boden’s UK marketing director Richard Bell said: “The Bullring has a real buzz that’s perfect for our brand in 2012. In a year when the Diamond
Jubilee and the Olympics are celebrating the best of British, we wanted to give new customers the chance to discover versatile, everyday clothes with a uniquely British flavour – right on their doorstep.”

See http://www.boden.co.uk/

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Croc up shop!

CrocsIt is 10 years since Crocs became a globally recognised brand and in celebration of this milestone they are opening a “croc up store” in Spitalfields, London.

Open now, the store has a theme of British summer time, appropriately named ‘Come rain or shine’.

The store gives customers the opportunity to check out the very best of the brand and will give a sneak peek of the new exciting autumn/winter collection.

In addition to the store, each passenger who travels in the specially art-worked croc cabs currently on the road in London will receive a special croc cab receipt with an exclusive 20% discount on its reverse.  Discount is valid on full price lines in participating London stores and online www.crocks.co.uk for the duration of the promotion.

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Dan Thompson talks in the Isle of White

england-isle-of-wightDan Thompson, a leading expert at getting empty shops back into use has given a talk to artists, businessmen and crafts people in the Isle of White.

The national vacancy rate for retail units is currently 15% and the Isle is not far off of that at 13%.  Dan said: “The island is an interesting and contradictory place.  On one hand it is an untouched fifties-style seaside working-class holiday territory and on the other there are places like Cowes, where its streets are stuffed with the accents of the ruling class.  There are pockets of emptiness, like the top of Ryde, which has been cut off my an unsympathetic traffic layout.”  He added “But these isolated areas could, with a little political will, be reinvented as destinations in their own right.”

Sarah Netherway of the Isle of White Makers said “Pop up shops work in parts of the mainland because they encourage more community involvement and the challenge is trying to start this culture here on the island, opening up discussions with landlords and networking.”

If you would like further information or want to get involved contact hello@iowpopupshops.co.uk

 

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New Henri Lloyd concept store

Henri LloydOur friends at Henri Lloyd, the original British sailing brand have opened a new concept store in Westfield Stratford City.

Stocking their iconic men’s, women’s and footwear collections, the store is designed to be a true reflection of the brand with the interior focuses on a fresh aesthetic for the brand whilst showcasing Henri Lloyd’s sailing roots.

“Our new Stratford concept store is synonymous with the pioneering spirit of Henri Lloyd” says Martin Strzelecki, joint Chief Executive at Henri Lloyd, “it exemplifies our innate ability to evolve and regenerate our sailing heritage and is confirmation of our position as forerunners in the lifestyle clothing industry.”

The store is open now, so pop in for a visit – for more information see http://www.henrilloyd.com/

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