The 13th of August saw the launch of a new breed of concept store. Located at 73 Brushfield Street at Old Spitalfields Market, The Dandy Lab stocks exclusive British menswear designers and lifestyle brands including Alfie Douglas, Smyth and Gibson and London Terrariums.
Immersing the discerning customer in the future of retail, the shop boasts interactive displays, a café with wireless charging points, smart mannequins and a virtual showroom, all the while celebrating British-made products and their craftsmanship.
We Are Pop Up has been working with The Dandy Lab to source some of the designers and creatives involved with this groundbreaking retail project. For those wanting to delve a bit deeper into the stories behind each maker, here are some insights into some of the brilliant brands that you can find in store.
Original. Singular. Ingenious. Handmade.
The Hadden family share a unique bond – not only running through their DNA, but sewn into their shared curiosity for innovation and passion for creating simple, beautiful products. Working meticulously to perfect every detail in the design process, they create functional and minimal unisex leather accessories, making each piece by hand in their London studio.
The Alfie Douglas range includes collections of totes, backpacks, duffle bags and other accessories in premium leather and metalwork which are sourced for their quality and durability. Each product is designed to be sustainable, reliable and individual; timeless in both its material and aesthetic.
Expect more from your morning.
Catering to the man who cares about design, tradition and craftsmanship, Thomas Clipper brings together modern technology and the heritage of authentic shaving techniques to create mornings worth waking up for.
With exceptionally made products that look as good as they feel, the founders Tony and Matt bring together a simple, perfectly designed and individually handcrafted kit including an engraved single-blade razor, organic cotton flannel and a wooden bowl hand turned in timber from a British horse chestnut planted in 1710.
Already with two hugely successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belt, Thomas Clipper is sustainable, beautifully built to last and celebrates craftsmanship down to the square metre and name of the maker. Head to their website to find interviews and podcasts.
Dream big. Make a plan. Write it down.
Sloane Stationery brings the traditional art of bookbinding into the 21st century with a twist. Classically trained craftsmen create the range in England , producing high quality notebooks infused with humour and wit. Luxury embossing is given a splash of fun with tongue-in-cheek comments and quotes – perfect for those who are “The Boss” or a “Busy Bee”.
Founder Nathalie Vaandrager says “I wanted to create a line of elegant objects for the desk that allows people to combine high quality products with their own personal style without the outrageous price tag.” With colours and snippets of wisdom to suit every style of the stationery savvy, Sloane is one to watch.
If you’d like to find and book more pop-up brands like these for your shop, take a look on wearepopup.com and find hundreds of creative projects looking for space.