You have no doubt heard about them over the past few months or perhaps you have attend a few of these secret little gems -- the elusive pop-up shop is taking the Winnipeg fashion scene by storm and their future here is looking brighter than ever.
A pop-up shop is like a trunk show on steroids. Often held in unique and funky locations such as old warehouses, cafés and galleries, these temporary boutiques are filled with fabulous garments and accessories by local designers who may not otherwise have a bricks-and-mortar storefront.
They are typically held over a short period and are one of the best places to find unique and cutting-edge fashion.
The latest pop-up shop to hit Winnipeg opened on Thursday and features stylish tidbits from the city's hottest up-and-coming, not to mentioned a few established veteran, designers.
The Exchange Uporium offers an eclectic shopping experience where fashionistas can indulge their vices with the creative designs from more than 30 different vendors, including WildWoodRose Vintage, Julie Pedersen Designs, Prairie Chic, Oui Bijoux, Drakestail Jewelry and Laura's European Jewelry.
Organizer Patti Henderson says she got the idea for the pop-up shop after doing a little research into selling her own vintage wares.
"I was contemplating putting together a holiday season pop-up shop for my WildWoodRose Vintage collection," says Henderson. "When I started to talk about this with other artisans, designers and collectors I found that many of them were very interested in the pop-up shop idea as well."
The best thing about these pop-up shops is that they are the perfect place to discover new designers that you won't find in the mall or even in one of the city's boutiques.
Not to mention many of the garments and accessories are uniquely one-of-a-kind, making them the ideal "it" pieces for the trend-setting fashionista that has it all.
The Exchange Uporium, located at 264 McDermot Ave., runs until Sept. 20 and is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 5 on Sundays.
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