As the holiday season slowly approaches (we heard one too many jingle bells ringing pre-Thanksgiving!), shopping becomes a little less fun and a little more crowded, making it extra hard to find thoughtful gifts for friends, family and the boss you want to score some points with. The list below will equip you with dates and details of notable pop-up shops happening throughout the holiday season in both the big city and Brooklyn. Happy hunting! - Jordana Longo
NEIGHBORHOOD: MEATPACKING DISTRICT/CHELSEA
Artists & Fleas
88 Tenth Avenue
Through December 31st, 2012
This favorite Brooklyn-based bazaar hopped boroughs to host a pop-up in the Meatpacking District’s famed Chelsea Market, selling everything from jewelry to stationary, apparel to home décor pieces from over 30 independent designers.
The Everlane Workshop
Through December 9th, 2012
Online retailer Everlane is hosting its second annual “Not-a-Shop” series with the opening of The Everlane Workshop. The “Not-a-Shop” sells the brand’s fine-tuned basics while inviting guests to sign up for workshops to learn various skills from tie making to belt making. RSVP here.
Through December 24th 2012
1411 Broadway / 1 877 597-5827
Times Square is home to 2(x)ist’s men’s pop-up shop and hefty 100% of the profits are going to the American Red Cross for Sandy Relief. Find everything from t-shirts and turtle necks, briefs to long underwear from the holiday collection.
Krochet Kids International
Rudy’s Barbershop in the Ace Hotel, 14 West 29th / 1 212 532 7200
Through December 15th 2012
Krochet Kids International is a nonprofit that teaches Ugandan and Peruvian women how to crochet. Find colorful knits from hats to scarves and even bowties at its Ace Hotel pop-up.
Target X Neiman Marcus
530 Fifth Avenue
Thursday November 29th through TBA (but the merch won’t last long!)
This three way is sure to kick off your holiday shopping right: Target, Neiman Marcus and 24 CFDA designers. The highly coveted goods are officially set to hit stores on December 1st but New Yorkers are being spoiled with early access; the pop-up shop opens this Thursday November 29th. If you want any chance of grabbing a Thom Browne blazer, DVF yoga mat, Derek Lam skateboard or Alice + Olivia bike arrive early! Then once (and if) you get in, choose carefully, shoppers will be limited to a max of five items each. Click through here for the full 50 piece collection teaser.
The Pop-Up Flea
Drive-in Studios, 443 West 18th Street
Friday November 30th, 3pm-9pm
Saturday December 1st, 11am-7pm
Sunday December 2nd, 11am-6pm
The ultimate shop this season for gents and girls shopping for them. The Pop-Up-Flea will have a rotating collection of the both new and vintage menswear pieces on display at Drive-in Studios.
27 Prince Street
Dannijo has garnered a cult-following for statement accessories, which you can now peruse in person at its brick-and-mortar shop in NoLita. If all goes well (fingers crossed!) this could be a permanent set up for the girls.
Chai x Palladium
199 Lafayette Street
Hip menswear store Odin is having a pop-up shop-in-shop at its flagship location to show off Palladium’s Fall 2012 capsule collection with designer Richard Chai. The footwear sits in a room covered floor-to-ceiling in mirrors that was designed by Brooklyn-based studio, Snarkitecture. This in itself is worth a stop-in.
Hester Holiday Market
233 Mott Street
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 – 23rd 11am-7pm
Lower East Side-ased market is bringing its fun festivities like Santa’s DIY workshop, Christmas Carolers and a Light-O-Rama music show (full list below) in addition to 50 artisan gift and food vendors, to NoLita for select days starting December.
Blue Dot 140 Wooster Street
Through December 24th 2012
Unique objects sorted according to seven “phenotypes” including, The Design Dandy, The Traveling Wo/Man, Studio Snob and Homebound Hobbit making it easier to pick out thoughtful gifts for all types of friends!
Etsy Holiday Shop
131 Greene Street
Through December 8th
Favorite online marketplace Etsy, comes to life with its pop-up on Greene Street. Just like the website, it features an unrivaled section of unique goods to gift, or keep. There is also a list of fun events to attend, from wreath making to flower crown classes. Have some holiday fun and sign up here.
21 Howard Street
Through February 2013
Get prepared to navigate the wilderness this season with gear from Swedish outerwear company, Fjallraven. Open on Howard Street through February, this temp location is exclusively stocked with the brand’s freshly launched Numbers collection in addition to its duffels and colorful rucksacks.
Horse Cut Shop
350 West Broadway
Horses Cut Shop, “A loose band of Genuine American Riffraff dedicated to the resurrection of old and the celebration of whiskey, gas, mayhem and the dangerous machine…” (we couldn’t have said it better ourselves) is known for its locally made cotton tees that feature logos of small businesses from around the country. The brand set up a faux motel scene in SoHo’s Treasure & Bond store and built a bed made from an old Ford pick-up with bed sheets covered in various logos that are also printed on T-shirts. To support these local heroes pop by to see the set-up yourself. T-shirts are $39 and a percentage of each sale goes towards the business it represents (so you can leave your buyers’ guilt at the door).
405 Brookme Street / 1 212 343 2600
Through December 22nd 2012
This design emporium of all things cheeky and of-the-moment has a creative edit that stands as a perfect stop for gifting. This season Matter has launched its first-ever holiday shop-in-shop showcasing a foosball table by Fredericks and Mae (see below), Trivets by Fort Standard and other artfully designed pieces that are great for giving.
Nordstrom x CFDA
Treasure & Bond 350 West Broadway / 1 646 669 9049
February 2013 through (about) May 1st 2013
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is participating in yet another collaboration (that’s #2 in this blog post alone), this time with Nordstrom. Starting February 2013, select Nordstrom stores will launch pop-up shops selling apparel, accessories, sunglasses and shoes from the ten finalists of the 2012 award. Locations include New York’s Treasure & Bond, Seattle, San Francisco, The Grove in Los Angeles, Chicago and Northpark in Dallas.
The Land of Nod
136 Prince Street / 1 917 880 0809
Tiny tots will love the colorful toys stocked at The Land of Nod brought to you by Crate and Barrel.
February 7th, 2013 through February 14th, 2013
Known for her Parisian feminine sensibility, Vanessa Bruno is unveiling a temporary boutique in SoHo as a test run for a permanent space.
Through December 23rd
For the past eight years in a row, WIRED brings New Yorkers the best of the best in gadgets and gear.
NEIGHBORHOOD: WEST VILLAGE
Kurt Geiger is set to officially unveil his famed footwear store in the West Village in January but has decided to open a few weeks early to select buyers and press. Even though they aren’t selling anything, it’s nice to know this Brit is moving to Bleecker street!
Overbey & Dunn
19 Christopher Street
Through January 3rd 2013
Designer and event planner Bronson van Wyck not only outfitted the store in a new holiday ensemble, think plaid wallpaper, green garlands and a big, bright Christmas tree, but he’s also launched a pop-up shop of exquisite home goods. If you know that anyone that has a pair of English sterling-silver deer trophies hallmarked from Thomas Johnson from 1849 on their holiday wish list, now you know where to get them.
NEIGHBORHOOD: FORT GREENE
Gifted Holiday Market
One Hanson Place
Through December 23rd
For five weekends of the year, the Winter Flea brings in some holiday cheer with three floors of vintage and handmade goods from over 100 vendors. You’ll definitely be able to hunt down some great gifts for giving… and possibly keeping.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Fridays & Saturdays 6pm – Midnight
Through December 22nd 2012
Inspired by night markets in Asia comes the Brooklyn Night Bazaar which, pretty much brings together all of our favorites activities - shopping, eating good food and listening to live music – and sets them up under one roof/tent. It’s wonderfully inspiring and heaps of fun!
Holiday Craft Fair
December 15th Noon-6pm
The much loved workspace 3rd Ward is hosting its sixth annual handmade craft fair with over 100 vendors from all over Brooklyn selling unique goods from terrariums to tchotchkes.