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Hollywood Designer Opens West Bank Pop-Up

Yes this is a story of a pop-up store but when that store is in Palestine and the designer responsible is a Palestine-born reality star, that makes for a real story. As on most days, Yasser Arafat Square in central Ramallah was crowded with pedestrians, taxis with screaming horns and fruit sellers lugging their goods on carts.

But tucked behind a nondescript door another world beckoned: one of burgundy walls and floor-length mirrors, as Rami Kashou hosted a three-day pop-up fashion shop.

A handful of women of all ages browsed the elegant designs, occasionally trying on clothes under the watchful eyes of Kashou, who rushed to dispense fashion advice when needed.

The US-based fashion designer has a list of celebrity clients including Hollywood actress Jessica Alba, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and Queen Rania of Jordan.

But Kashou, who is 40 and was born in Jerusalem, has now made copies for Palestinian women of his creations that they would otherwise only see in magazines.

He left for the United States in 1996 and now lives in New York.

“I was away for a long time,” the bearded, shaven-headed Kashou, dressed in black, told AFP in the store. “I usually come to visit my family, (but) this is the first time I brought my designs here.”

Kashou shot to fame in 2008 when he appeared on the fourth season of the Project Runway reality television.

He reached the finals, coming second to Christian Siriano, who designed the dress worn by US First Lady Michelle Obama as she addressed the Democratic National Convention last week. Kashou said the show opened doors for him in America and elsewhere.

“I benefited a lot. It was a big advert, especially for me as a Palestinian designer,” he said. “And the Arab world became aware of me.”

He is now developing his brand in Arab countries.

In Ramallah, the Palestinian political capital in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, he showed off his unique style of dresses, including one resembling a bouquet of flowers with a pink and red collar, which he said was inspired by a trip to Puerto Rico.

The garments, including a magenta cocktail dress designed for supermodel Heidi Klum, feature a range of exquisite fabrics such as chiffon, georgette, lame and silk.

Suha Hussein, 32, inspected herself in the mirror as she tried on a sleek black Moroccan-style dress with beads engraved around the neck, based on an original made for Queen Rania.

“I feel proud because we have such a talent and he is still interested in returning to his country,” she said.

Turning to the dress, she smiled: “I hope it isn’t too expensive, so I can buy it.”

A single Rami Kashou dress can cost several thousand dollars, a sum impossible to imagine for the vast majority of Palestinians, where the unemployment rate is around 27 percent and one in five of those in work makes less than $380 a month.

Does the designer who has made it big in America really see opportunities in the Palestinian territories?

“There is an important market here,” he said. “It is extremely important to study the market to know the customers and their needs. And it is wedding season, women here want glamour.”

Kate Moss Unveils Equipment Campaign Video

Infusing sensuality into a sense of play seems to be the main vibe that a new campaign by Kate Moss and luxury brand Equipment is going for. The supermodel recently designed a capsule collection for Equipment’s Spring 2016 release, keeping to the cult label’s style of modern, androgynous silhouettes. The campaign features an intimate video of Moss’ country estate in the Costwolds – where she shares the screen with model Susie Cave for a series of red-lit and monochrome epileptic escapades. The video and campaign pictures were shot by photographer/model Daria Werbowy.


This collection will have casual pieces such as the brand’s classic button downs and archived prints, but clashing alongside bolder designs such as star-printed silk tie-neck shirts and cropped sweaters with a rock and roll edge. The outstanding color palette is done up in red, black, white and grey – livened up by David Bowie-inspired lightning bolt prints and the star’s signature leopard print motif. The collection also includes wardrobe staples such as skinny black 5-pocket trousers, wide leg trousers, grungy slip dresses and a military jacket. Moss’ handwritten “KM” monogram will feature in each piece.


The whole capsule collection will be available on June 2 over at Equipment’s website, in Equipment stores, and also on Net-A-Porter. From June 15 it will also become available from various retail partners worldwide, and the collection will also be sold from June 2 through June 9 at a pop-up shop on London’s Blandford Street. A special pop-up store will also be held at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris throughout July.

Gwyneth Paltrow opens Goop store in New York

Joining the trend of online ventures going brick-and-mortar is celebrity lifestyle brand Goop. After conducting practice runs in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago, Gwyneth Paltrow will be opening her first pop-up boutique for Goop in New York starting next week.

On Monday, November 23, Paltrow will open a brick and mortar shop for her online lifestyle concept at the Time Warner Center in New York, which will showcase a capsule collection in collaboration with Valentino, reports women’s trade publication WWD.

The Valentino x Goop “Wonder Woman Valentino” collection is overseen by the fashion label’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

Also collaborating on the project is Roman street artist Solo, who often depicts comic book characters in his street art.

Shoppers at the New York Goop Mrkt can expect to find luxury items at luxury prices, like a leather jacket emblazoned with a falcon motif for US$6,950 and a tulle dress bearing the same motif for US$8,900.

Other brands stocked at the shop will include Nili Lotan, Carven, Stella McCartney, Kjaer Weis, Juice Beauty and Staub.

The pop-up runs November 23 to December 24.

Martell 300th Anniversary

Martell Pop-Up Space & Cordon Bleu Limited Edition

In celebration of the House’s tricentenary, Cellar Master Benoît Fil has crafted a unique version of the legendary cognac Martell Cordon Bleu. The reinterpretation of the exquisite blend pays tribute to the House’s history and Edouard Martell’s legendary creation, by using 300 year-old oak barrels to rest the liquid, and through the beautiful, original packaging it is presented in.

Martell 300th Anniversary

At the Martell 300th Anniversary pop-up space, located at the airport’s North-side Departure East Hall of Terminal 1, travellers can savour complimentary tastings of Martell Cordon Bleu accompanied by French foie gras – an ideal culinary partner and evocative of France’s rich gastronomic history.

Martell Cordon Bleu Anniversary

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the craftsmanship and history of Martell’s distinctly French Heritage, with Dame-Jeanne large glass jars designed to store old eau-de-vie and historic cognac bottles on display. A photo experience provides accessories and scenery that whisk guests away to a sophisticated Martell French living room overlooking the abundant vineyards of Cognac.

Martell 300th Anniversary Hong Kong airport

To make the travel journey more memorable and rewarding, visiting guests who register at www.martell300.com will be entitled to the Martell VIP Pass. Privileges with the Martell VIP Pass include a tasting of the exclusive Martell Chanteloup Perspective and a complimentary exclusive gift from Martell.

Cordon Bleu 300th Anniversary

dunhill pop up paragon

Dunhill Opens Pop-Up Store in Paragon Singapore

dunhill pop up paragon

In the spirit of Singapore’s annual Formula One Grand Prix, Dunhill London has brought a unique pop-up store to Paragon in celebration of the British label’s longstanding relationship with motoring.

Titled the Motorities pop-up store, the concept shop boasts apparel that would please the modern motoring enthusiast.

dunhill pop up store paragon

By uniting the traditional British craftsmanship of Dunhill and modern design, the pop-up store’s layout reflects the stylish duality of the brand.

The Motorities pop-up store will be open until March 2016, at #01-10, The Paragon, 290 Orchard Road. Rev up and head down to peruse the exciting range this weekend.

dunhill pop up store Singapore

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Chanel opens new pop up boutique in Rome

Chanel pop-up Rome

Following the opening of its flagship store in Piazza di Spagna, Chanel has recently opened a new store in Rome, Italy.

Chanel pop-up Rome

The new boutique is located on Via del Babuino and is inspired by a theme special to Gabrielle Chanel: the masculine-feminine.

Chanel pop-up Rome

A Roman courtyard has also been arranged behind the boutique, with walls in shades of orange surrounding a fountain and a hundred-year old wisteria. The pop up store will be open until the end of 2016.

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Boy.Friend watch

Chanel hosts Fashion Week pop-up for Boy.Friend watch

Boy.Friend watch

Chanel will open a pop-up shop in New York’s Meatpacking District to mark the launch of its new Boy.Friend watch collection.

The watch collection inspired Chanel to open an entire pop-up in its honor because brand managers felt it would be best displayed via an interactive environment, president and chief operating officer John Galantic said.

“Located at the crossroads of art, culture and commerce, and in the midst of a special moment in New York, New York Fashion Week, this initiative provides us with the opportunity to expose our clients and fans of the house to the world of Chanel watches in a unique and contemporary way.”

The shop will be open until Sunday September 13 from 11am – 8pm 

Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson sells private jets in Harrods

Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has joined forces with famed London retailer  to open a pop-up shop for private jets.

Dickinson is chairman of Aeris Aviation, an aircraft dealership from which the pop-up will be funded upon opening later this month.

The pop-up will sell special-edition Harrods jets and is reported to be looking towards the least expensive end of the market with Eclipse 550 jets by One Aviation that retail for £2.2 million (approximately $3.4 million).

At their priciest, private jets such as a Gulfstream G650 can cost up to £41 million (approximately $64 million).

Gulfstream G650

Fendi pop-up boutique London

Fendi to open Roman pop-up store in Harrod’s

Fendi pop-up boutique London

Fendi is honoring its new Roman headquarters with an Italian-themed London pop-up store this August.

Fendi pop-up boutique London

The luxury fashion house is setting up shop in the UK capital’s upmarket department store Harrod’s, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reports.

Fendi pop-up boutique London

The brand will be giving shoppers the chance to design a 3Baguette bag, with Silvia Venturini Fendi herself judging the entries, and the winner receiving a unique bag designed by Venturini Fendi for Harrods.

Fendi pop-up boutique London

Special edition accessories will also be for sale in the space.

Fendi pop-up boutique London

Fendi recently opened up its new headquarters in Rome’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. The 1930s-style building will be recreated in Harrod’s by Andrea Mancuso and Emilia Serra from the design studio Analogia Project.

Fendi pop-up boutique London

“We wanted to tell the story of the Palazzo Della Civiltà Italiana and this new chapter in the history of Fendi,” CEO Pietro Beccari told WWD.

Fendi pop-up boutique London

“Sharing the message and our ‘Roman-ity’ around the world is important in this new stage of our brand’s evolution, so bringing a little piece of Rome to Harrods with this pop-up is such a wonderful opportunity for us.”

Fendi pop-up boutique London

“The concept is a continuation of the windows theme we introduced earlier this year, only this time visitors will be able to fully immerse themselves within the space.”

Fendi pop-up boutique London

The Fendi pop-up at Harrods will run August 6-30.

Fendi pop-up boutique London

Stella McCartney opening Ibiza pop-up

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2015

British fashion designer  is to open a pop-up store in Ibiza on Wednesday.

According to WWD, the new store, located in Marina Ibiza, will carry the designer’s ready-to-wear and accessories.

The store design will focus on natural materials such as recycled wood and wool, while an LED display in the store windows will show her latest runway collection. The pop-up will remain open through October.

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Chanel to launch online pop-up store at Net-a-Porter

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Chanel is launching its first official e-commerce project, an online store at Net-a-porter.com for a capsule collection of jewelry.

The collection, Coco Crush, will comprise five rings and one cuff in 18-karat gold. Each piece features the brand’s signature quilted pattern.

Rings are expected to be priced at between $2,133 and $3,520, with the cuff priced at $20,580. The store will open next Wednesday and last for three weeks.

Last week, it was reported that Chanel was planning to launch an e-commerce site in 2016.

Sonia Rykiel

Pop-up concept to take over Sonia Rykiel flagships

Sonia Rykiel

The  flagship stores in Paris, London and Tokyo are the latest targets of the pop-up phenomenon. The new ephemeral concepts will be revealed Monday at the French fashion label’s fall show in Paris.

The Paris store on Boulevard Saint-Germain will be converted into a hybrid café-library designed by André Saraiva and art director Thomas Lenthal.


The window will be taken over by a café scene filmed at the nearby traditional brasserie Le Rouquet, populated by an array of models and friends, as well as Sonia Rykiel herself and artistic director Julie de Libran.

The store’s interior will be blanketed with bookcases filled with some 40,000 volumes from floor to ceiling. Changing rooms will also get an upgrade with an abundance of erotic literature on display, but not for sale.

The London and Tokyo stores will undergo transformation in April, while a permanent new store concept will be introduced next year.

Club Monaco Noma Pop Up Shop

Noma restaurant opens concept store with Club Monaco

Club Monaco Noma Pop Up Shop

Copenhagen restaurant Noma will be hosting a pop-up event with premium retailer Club Monaco.

The restaurant has partnered with the clothing brand to open a temporary boutique that will allow diners to shop for crisp button downs and woolly sweaters before or after their two Michelin-starred Scandinavian meal.

Club Monaco Noma Pop Up Store

Open through March 13, the store features men’s and women’s apparel from the retailer owned by Polo Ralph Lauren, vintage books from the Strand bookstore in New York, and handcrafted art works from Brooklyn.

The collaboration comes off a five-week pop-up event that saw chef René Redzepi transplant his kitchen staff in Copenhagen to the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo.

Club Monaco Noma Store

The project resulted in a retail opportunity for Noma, which opened an online boutique selling used forks and spoons at up to $200 a pop.

Local, artisanal artists, potters and chefs were commissioned to create tableware, cutlery and earthenware specifically for the event.

Club Monaco Noma Shoes

While at first blush the collaboration may seem incongruous, it’s not uncommon for fashion designers to make their foray into restaurants.

Ralph Lauren has Ralph’s Coffee in New York; Roberto Cavalli has branded restaurants around the world including Florence, Dubai and Miami; and Armani has restaurants in New York, Tokyo, Paris and Cannes.

Ralph Lauren coffee shop

colourful flat sandal

Sophia Webster pops up at Harrods

colourful flat sandal

Sophia Webster will showcase her fun range of fruity shoes in her very own pop-up store at London’s top luxury retail destination.

As of Monday, shoppers at Harrods will be able to discover quirky slide sandals, ‘flatforms’, wedges and show-stopping heels from Sophia Webster’s latest footwear collection.


Sophia Webster Banana slide

Taking inspiration from the fruit references running through her Spring/Summer 15 collection and her East End heritage, the pop-up brings ‘London’s most luxurious fruit stall’ to Harrods.

The exclusive pop-up will remain open for one month and will house the largest selection of Sophia Webster styles in the UK.

flamingo inspired black vinyl heel

Price tags for the collection range from £250.00 ($385) for slide-ons to £495.00 ($765) for the more elaborate flamingo vinyl print heels.

Discover Sophia Webster’s complete shoe range which includes the Valentine’s day-inspired Tyra heel:

Bergdorf Goodman hosts Alexander Wang Pop-up store

Alexander Wang Takes Over Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman hosts Alexander Wang Pop-up store

Starting Thursday and until the end of March, shoppers at the NYC-based department store can discover the enchanting world of the US designer.

Bergdorf Goodman is offering a pop-up experience featuring worldwide exclusive access to apparel and handbags from both the Spring 2015 runway collection and the T by Alexander Wang Spring 2015 range.

Also up for grabs, collectible packaging and a complimentary USB flash drive with a playlist curated by Alexander Wang and DJ Jesse Marco, for customers spending over $500.


This sneaker-inspired Ready-to-Wear collection will occupy a temporary takeover of the brand’s fifth floor space. Echoing Wang’s collection, the pop-up will be designed in black and grey speckled performance rubber, also used for the label’s Spring 2015 fashion show.

Wang’s Sneaker Clutches, Sneaker Bags and Sneaker Backpacks are all available just ahead of New York Fashion Week.

These bags are illustrated with custom paneling, lace stitching, toe boxes, basketball mesh and “air bubble” outsoles, and will come with special packaging: a sneaker box with barcode logo.

Passers-by on Fifth Avenue can enjoy a sneak peek of what’s in store: on Thursday night, the Fifth Avenue façade of Bergdorf Goodman will be the site of a projection, a first in the history of the iconic store. A play on Wang’s bar code logo, the projection will take place after sunset.

If you’ve only got time for window shopping, an array of sports-inspired collectibles, including Alexander Wang bar code logo shoeboxes, Alexander Wang bar code posters, all-black basketballs, trophies and all-white tennis racquets, placed alongside items from the Spring 2015 collection, have pride of place in the store’s two windows.

One displays tennis-style looks in silk sponge mesh, pleated and combined with sneaker-detail leather waistbands, complemented by all-white athletic collectibles.

The other window reveals a darker side with all-black memorabilia and shows the collection’s delicately pleated dresses with a combination of aerated basketball mesh, grommet details and sculpted leather panels, which mirror a sneaker’s aerodynamic shape, form and structure.

Late last year, Alexander Wang’s career soared to new heights when he was appointed Creative Director at Balenciaga.

The business savvy designer took the reins from Nicolas Ghesquière, who left the house after 15 years at the helm.

Martell 300th Anniversary Pop-up Space

Martell launches “Premier Voyage” in Hong Kong

Martell 300th Anniversary Pop-up Space

The House of  has launched a pop-up space at Hong Kong International Airport (T1) in celebration of its 300th anniversary.

From now until end February 2015, the Cognac house is offering discerning travellers a multi-sensory introduction to the French ‘Art de Vivre’ through the arts of craftsmanship, gastronomy and tasting.

Martell Pop-up Space at HKIA

Martell came into being in a golden era of French history towards the end of the reign of Louis XIV, a period which saw the blossoming of French literature, arts, crafts, philosophy and gastronomy.

Martell Pop-up Space

The pop-up space celebrates this rich heritage with tastings of the refined Martell Chanteloup cognac combined with delicious foie gras, personalised Chinese calligraphy and cognac-sprayed wooden olfactory mementos.

cognac-sprayed wooden olfactory mementos

At the heart of the display, which features evocative items such as vintage-style demi-johns, ‘montres’ bottles, books and other authentic items from the Martell archives, sits the Martell Premier Voyage.

This precious gem is made from 18 eaux-de-vie ranging from 1977 to 1868 aged in 300-year-old oak casks and enclosed in its own specially-commissioned artwork French artist, Bernar Venet.

 Martell Premier Voyage

Two other very rare 300th anniversary limited-edition Cognacs are also available for purchase: the Martell XO 300th Anniversary Limited Edition (70cl) and the Martell XO 300th Anniversary Limited Edition (70cl & 10cl).

Martell XO 300th Anniversary Limited Edition

Tastings of Martell Chanteloup will take place between 10am and 7pm, while pairings with Rougie’s Foie Gras will be available from 11.30am to 1.30pm and 6pm to 8pm.

Foie Gras tasting

Renowned calligrapher Cathy Ho will also be on hand in the afternoon to create personalised bags and bookmarks for customers as a keepsake.

calligrapher Cathy Ho

A perfume workshop will offer travellers a wooden stick sprayed with Martell Cognac as another souvenir.

Floral work by Lauren Messelian

Calvin Klein Collection pop-up floral shop

Floral work by Lauren Messelian

Calvin Klein Collection customers at the Madison Avenue store are able to buy from this week unique floral arrangements by Lauren Messelian.

The artist collaborates regularly with the brand on the store’s iconic floral installations as well as those in ‘s office and events.

Initially trained in fine arts at the University of Michigan, Messelian later continued her studies in Paris at Atelier 63 before moving back to New York City where she began to work with flowers.

Floral work by Lauren Messelian

The pieces she’s made for Calvin Klein Collection are described as “portable living sculptures, uniting art and design” and they feature succulent greens and stones captured in angular glass.

The curated floristry will be available from now through December 24, on the main floor of the store.

Messelian’s other high-profile fashion and arts clients and collaborators include Roger Vivier, Tods, Stella McCartney, Rachel Zoe, Michael Kors, Frye, Tory Burch, and the Guggenheim Museum.

Valentino pop up space Harrods

Harrods presents ‘The World of Valentino’

Valentino pop up space Harrods

Luxury London department store  has created a special pop-up store to celebrate an exclusive capsule collection created by Valentino.

 creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have designed a collection of women’s accessories and ready-to-wear just for Harrod’s, which will be available until January 2015 in the dedicated pop-up space designed by renowned architect David Chipperfield.

Leather bags and accessories come in a choice of multicolored options which come with a bold pattern and lacquered studs and single color versions in solid shades with classic ton-sur-ton studs. The ready-to-wear includes four embroidered dresses, three gowns and a short dress.


A Valentino Christmas bauble

In addition you can also dress up your tree this year with specially hand-blown Valentino glass baubles in a range of colors and patterns.

Three of the department store’s Brompton Road windows have been given over to the special capsule, with a fourth holiday window showcasing a Peace concept with a reinterpretation of a 1991 white haute couture gown.


The Man by Cartier Exhibition

Cartier opens men’s pop up at Harrods

The Man by Cartier -Facade

Cartier has opened its first pop-up space at Harrods dedicated to men’s watches and accessories. ‘The Man by Cartier’ will run until November 19.

The exhibition features a range of pieces from the house’s archives, mixing vintage models and new watches, leather goods and accessories.

Key exhibits include classic models (The Santos, The Tank, and the Ballon Bleu) alongside the new Calibre de Cartier Diver.

The Man by Cartier - Fine Watch bar

 and  are both committed to providing clients with the ultimate luxury experience, which makes this exhibition not only an ideal partnership, but also an exciting opportunity for our customers to view rare Cartier pieces,” explained Helen David, Harrods Director of Womenswear, Accessories, Fine Jewellery, and Childrenswear.

“110 years after the creation of the first modern wristwatch by Louis Cartier, we pay homage and celebrate the man’s natural home in the Cartier universe,” added Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK.

The Man by Cartier - Private Client area

The French brand has also taken over four of the store’s Brompton Road windows for the duration of the project.

Harrods has had a busy year when it comes to brand events and goings-on, having hosted the month-long Pradasphere exhibition in May, and also featuring interactive Ermenegildo Zegna window displays earlier this month.


Wythe Hotel

Marlow Goods Opens a Pop-Up at the Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel

A Brooklyn hotel has opened a pop-up store that sells leather handbags and goods made from the same animals that were served for dinner.

After tucking into a meal of grass-fed steak with purple potatoes or a grass-fed burger at the Wythe Hotel’s Reynard restaurant, diners can wander next door to the pop-up shop Marlow Goods and pick up leather bags, housewares and accessories made from the hide of their meal.

Wythe Hotel bedroom

The alpaca fur, sheep wool and leather used in the products come from the livestock raised for food in an effort to make use of the entire animal.

It’s a concept that takes the culinary notion of nose to tail eating a step further, making use of the animal’s skin and fur.

Wythe Hotel bar

Marlow Goods will set up shop at the Wythe Hotel until December 31.