The Pop-Up Department Store_
somewhereto_ filled Hanbury Hall with designs and hand crafted products of all sorts! Read here about what happened, who was there and how you can get involved too!
The hall was filled with the bustle of curious customers throughout the weekend, admiring and sampling the goods on offer.
Ailish - somewhereto_ young person
what is the Pop-Up Department Store?
21 budding designers and creatives transformed Hanbury Hall into a quirky space to sell the latest designs and crafts. The Pop-Up Department Store in East London opened its doors on the 17-18 November 2012 to invite shoppers to contribute to the famous retail scene and kick-start our young people’s projects.
how did the Pop-Up Department Store get started?
In advance of the event itself, we invited traders to attend a day of training to boost their professional development skills. Kindly hosted in a somewhereto_ space at The Museum of London, the workshop was led by EJ Trivett – a drama practitioner who specialises in working with young entrepreneurs. She delivered five hours of drama-fuelled exercises including a 30 second elevator pitch session, blogging basics, networking and marketing myths and miracles. By the end of the day, we were all bouncing off the walls with excitement and plans for the pop-up!
Within hours, one young person had taken the initiative to set up a Facebook group that every trader joined and shared ideas on. The commitment and team spirit was what struck us the most – it was exciting to see the project gain an unexpected momentum.
Our young people were then able to use their skills and expertise to create a cohesive space that took the shape of a department store in Hanbury Hall.
the day itself!
The five departments were all designed by Interior Design graduate Hannah Cackett’s bespoke signs. These were jewellery, clothing, interiors, cosmetics and graphics. Shoppers were particularly happy to shelter from the cold and rain to sample a hot infusion from Blue Bird Tea Co. and have a go at knitting with giant needles at Stitch and Story next door!
From 10am on Saturday, there was a steady flow of people through the door. Sarah Corrigan, a jewellery designer described the weekend as ‘by far the most successful event I’ve traded at’. The pop-up has certainly got everything thinking about other collaborative opportunities for future projects. Watch this space!
Are you a young person in the UK who wants to join the hundreds of other young people getting a space of their very own or take part in something similar to this? You definitely need to contact us!
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