The Henley Pop Up Shop has returned to the Old Fire Station Gallery for its fourth year. Previously known as the Henley Pop Up Fashion Week, the event showcases the work of six local brands, and will be open from 10am to 5pm until May 22nd.
The shop features the work of six local designers: clothing by Arzu Kara, Peachy activewear, jewellery by Nicky Blystad, Liz Felix Millinery, Emma Alington crockery and natural skincare from h by maia. A lucky few had chance to view the exquisite items on offer at Thursday evening’s launch party. The venue was decorated with balloons and stunning flower arrangements, also from local bespoke florist, Just Joey on the Moon.
As it wouldn’t be a celebration without a little champagne, Coppa Club were on hand to supply bubbles and canapés. The restaurant, located on Bell St, were kind enough to sponsor the evening’s festivities. Arzu Kara, who organised the event, was hugely grateful for the local support. “Coppa Club are amazing,” she expressed. “To have someone like them supporting us is just fantastic.” Arzu was responsible for introducing the Pop Up Shop to Henley in 2015. She explained, “I did this for the first time four years ago. I just wanted to bring something exciting to the town and the people. It’s been a great success and hopefully it’ll just get bigger.”
The Pop Up Shop contributors were chosen by invitation only, with the list of retailers changing each year. From fashion to face cream, the variety of products is sure to offer something for everyone. Arzu enthused, “I really believe in all of the designers. Come and support local people and see amazing stuff that you wouldn’t find on the high street!”