|Photo - Sebastian Stobbs|
Conquer's Wardrobe is an ethical fashion and art pop up shop in Sydenham and is part of the SEE3 Shop Revolution, part of the Portas Pilot Project.
"Ethical fashion and art collective Conquer Gear have created a special Pop Up shop featuring a capsule collection of clothing, an exclusive photographic exhibition and curated range of crafts in Sydenham, running until Christmas Eve. Local residents and Londoners are fast spreading the news, with John Malkovich becoming a recent fan and an editorial magazine feature on ethical fashion coming up early next year.
Conquer Gear is a diverse collective of artists and imaginers fronted by Sebastian Stobbs and Tomoya Hiramatsu creating a wide range of innovative and provocative design across different mediums – everything relating to the printed image and written word – fashion, film, photography, art. The company has a strict ethical policy supporting the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Clean Cotton Campaign and all cotton fabrics are clearly labelled with country of origin.
Conquer are hosting regular Friday evening events and activities until 9pm throughout the Pop Up period. On the day of the launch, Saturday December 1st, Sebastian Stobbs was amazed by the response and said: “It was over in a second, everyone coming into the shop had enormous enthusiasm for what was trying to be achieved in their community. We didn't stop chatting with people all day long. It was just so nice to see how many people had come out to join in.”
A lot of preparation went into getting the space ready and also wardrobes to find for the clothes! Sebastian also added: “Everyone I knew that came to visit said ‘I knew it was a shop space, but I didn't think it would look this good, I'm very proud’ with such a small amount of time it was lovely to hear it was all worth the effort."
Before the launch Sebastian said: “Conquer are very excited to be part of the SEE3 Community Project. There is a real buzz around Forest Hill, Sydenham and Kirkdale with all the regeneration that is happening. It is made possible by enthusiastic local residents that have made us feel welcome before we have fully moved in. We are looking forward to being part of the community and adding some fun and creativity to the local high streets.”
Conquer’s Wardrobe was launched through The Shop Revolution, a high impact project that aims to bring empty units back into use and interest to the high street through the introduction of pop up shops. This project is one of three strands of the South London SEE3 Portas Pilot Project."
When - 1st - 24th December 2012
Where - Unit 4, Station Approach, Sydenham SE26 5EU
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Link 5 - Conquer Gear on Vimeo
Link 6 - SEE3