Sunday 18 November 2012

Pop-up Christmas Shopping Arcade at Somerset House

This is a great idea:  A pop-up shopping arcade with a varied range of stores has just opened at Somerset House.  A friend who's been down there (Hi Caroline!) says it looks great.  Lots of interesting places to shop, but a special mention must go to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, a pop-up outpost of the Ministry of Stories project from Hoxton.

"Shop for the perfect gift this season at The Christmas Arcade, this new luxury pop-up shopping mall will transform the beautifully renovated West Wing overlooking the ice rink.
The Christmas Arcade celebrates the best of British design selling winter accessories, jewellery, artisan furniture, gift sets and decorations from exclusively British boutique brands, and featuring over fifty designers and makers, including Handmade in Britain, Tatty Devine, Electrum Gallery and Monster Supplies.
Skaters and spectators can also enjoy festive demonstrations and events taking place in The Christmas Arcade, throughout the run.
Born out of an obsession with fashion and an undying passion for individuality and all things new, BENGT work around the clock to offer an alternative view on fashion, striving to be at the foreground of emerging talent whilst committed to showcasing a unique collection of hand-picked pieces.
Bonbon Balloons
Bonbon Balloons create the most wonderful balloons in a rainbow of colours. Each balloon has a beautiful decorative and handcrafted string. Explore colours and themes and develop something totally unique for any occasion.
Christys’ London
The Christys’ London brand has been manufacturing fine hats in the UK since 1773. Christys’ has amassed years of skills with unparalleled workmanship and individual attention to detail. Today Christys’ offers a collection of men's and women's hats ranging from traditional to contemporary styles.
Electrum represents the best of international contemporary jewellery with a range of materials from paper to platinum, perspex to gold and prices to suit all budgets. Commissions and bespoke items are available from knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies is London's only purveyor of quality goods for Monsters of every kind. All proceeds from Hoxton Street Monster Supplies support free writing workshops for young people in East London through the Ministry of Stories. Embrace the zombies.
PopUp Britain
PopUp Britain offers new British brands a rare opportunity to get their products onto the High Street. Experimental teams of online retailers (such as MyEdo, Zoe Boomer and Hamilton and Hare) will be hijacking PopUp Britain this Christmas to showcase their new-season collections for a limited time only.
Tatty Devine
Tatty Devine is an independent British company run from a studio in London’s East End, designing and micro-manufacturing original jewellery in the UK. Their stand out designs are all about expressing yourself in a fun and distinctive way. Tatty Devine blurs the boundaries between art, fashion and culture. Join our Tatty Devine Ice Skate Brooch workshop on Saturday 24 November click here for details.
Theo is your friendly online and sometimes offline shop selling a lovely range of carefully selected products for your home. Theo care about the products they sell and if looked after properly, they are designed to last a lifetime (or several). Buy less but buy better. 
Undergrowth Design
Undergrowth Design is renowned worldwide for their classic, quirky interpretation of the English tea-time ritual. Since the launch of their first tea set, Blaue Blume has circulated the globe and are highly prized as collectables, radiating a sense of timeless beauty, charm and wit. Handmade in London by artisans.
Your Samples Collective
Your Samples Collective welcome you to their Christmas-edition, fresh from the success of their first pop-up shop, they have partnered with some tried-and-tested favourites that the British public will be familiar with, as well as some emerging stars, all highlighting exceptional British menswear design and talent.
Handmade in Britain
Led by Designer Piyush Suri, Handmade in Britain supports and promotes designer-makers who create their work in Britain. This festive season, Handmade in Britain brings together 50 skilled designer makers from a range of disciplines in a showcase of British Craft and Design."

When - 16th November 2012 - 6th January 2013, 11am - 9pm (10pm on Friday & Saturday)

Where - West Wing, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

Link - Christmas Arcade

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