As Christmas is now on the horizon lots of fabulous events are starting to pop up to fill our weekends with finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. My aim this Christmas is to buy most, if not all, my gifts from independent brands, and luckily this is made easier by lots of the indie markets being held in coming weeks. There will be lots going on all over the country, so do check out what is happening local to you, but I just wanted to highlight five events that I am hoping to attend this weekend in London, or over the next few weeks – if I can make it to them all!
And Agency Pop up store
The first event is actually one 91 is taking part in. It is a pop up store run by And Agency which will feature a carefully curated selection of independent brands, including Blasta Henriet, Barton Croft and Undercover Living plus a selection of lovely ethical fashion and jewellery brands. It is happening in the heart of Shoreditch and will run from the 16th – 30th November. You can pick up copies of both our AW18 issue as well as the SS18 issue at the event. See more of what you can expect via their Instagram feed.
32 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PB
16th – 30th November 2018
Mon-Sat: 11-6pm, Sunday: 10-5pm.
The Assembly Market
The Assembly Market is happening in Stoke Newington and is an ‘assembly’ of independent designers in the fashion, accessories, homeware & art sectors. Brands include P.I.C. Style (pictured above), Under the Cloth and Paper Covers Rock. The two day event has focussed on bringing together designers who have a commitment to sustainability as well as beautiful aesthetics – you can view the full list of those taking part here or follow along on their Instagram.
Abney Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AS
Saturday 17th November – 11-6pm
Sunday 18th November – 11-5pm
Occasional Home Store Winter Weekend
The Occasional Home Store is back with their popular event mixing vintage and contemporary brands in one shopping extravaganza. Not only this, they will have a programme of events happening over the two days to keep you busy, so do check out their listings. You will find Pea Style there (whose home is in our AW18 issue!), as well as designers such as Ondine Ash and Meylor Paper Goods.
West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, London, N4 2HA
17th & 18th November 2018 – 10am – 4pm
THE MAMAHOOD WINTER POP UP
The Mamahood supports independent businesses run by mothers, the 16th November sees the opening of another one of their popular shopping events in East Dulwich. There will be 80 brands on sale, so it’ll be pretty tricky not to find something you love! Sellers include Little Carousel, Button and Blue (pictured), and Julia Staite. You may just get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop!
7 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EW
16th November – until mid-February (when the Spring pop up will immediately follow!)
Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 5.30pm, Sundays: 12-5pm (closed between Christmas and new year)
Last but not least, is a pop up store I stumbled across while wandering the streets of Covent Garden last week. Creoate are an organisation who bring together retail products and experiences for independent brands. I was excited to see a platform for female independent brands right in the heart of Central London which is often dominated by the big corporate names. They’ve also got a plethora of workshops happening too. There’s a wide range of items from homeware and beauty to fashion and art, so do pop in – they are there until the 23rd December. Discover some of the brands they stock on their Instagram.
37 Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PR
now until 23rd December