Pop-up shops are fun places to discover. They are not around for long, so if you find one you feel like you've had exclusive access. They give customers the chance to learn about new brands or ones they have not yet had the privilege of seeing before because there has not been a permanent shop in the area.
One of the most common pop-up shops are restaurants, that can set up temporary kitchens and grills to serve street food at festivals. Other kinds of pop-ups are seasonal, and appear just for Christmas or Easter. There are plenty of other kinds though, and in London, there are currently several fashion retailers popping up around the capital. For example, Selfridges, one of London's most prodigious department stores, has set up a temporary space for the American designer, Kate Spade. Born in Kansas City, she turned that black and white world into a colourful Oz with handbags from her New York-based brand, established in 1993. She now makes all kinds of accessories, which are available for the first time in the UK until the 21st January.
Men should not feel like they are being left out. Nicholas Kirkwood specialises in men's shoes. Although he does a range for women, his pop-up shop on Mount Street is a guy's only affair. Open until the 26th January, it will showcase his autumn/winter collection. Kirkwood's designs are handcrafted, and he also does commissions.
Kirkwood is expensive though, so if you want something that won't break the bank, then pre-loved outfits are nothing to be sniffed at. BuyMyWardrobe are hosting their W1 Boutique, which features a selection of pre-owned dresses, shoes, designer handbags, and gifts. Open between the 2nd-31st December, there will also be vintage and upcycled homeware, skincare products, and make up. It is also a way to clear out your old wardrobe. You can donate clothes by signing up on their website.
If you like music, then between the 6th-8th December, you will want to travel over to Brick Lane, where the online music magazine, I Like Music are going to be promoting a new clothing range. There will be DJs, live music, free hot drinks, an open mic night, and of course the clothes. It will feature t-shirts, headphones, and an innovative baseball cap tat allows you to download and stream compilation albums.