The Twelve (Live and Virtual) Pop Ups of Christmas

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From new fashion brands to festive food stalls, and from artisan gifts to sustainable skincare, you’ll find gifts for all the family (including yourself!) at these new pop ups …

Patio Princesses take note: for some luxury layering options from parkas to knitwear, Canadian brand Canada Goose has just opened a temporary store on Grafton Street. With warmth and functionality a given, the Chilliwack bomber jacket, designed for pilots in the Arctic and the Mystique parka – a go-to for stars seeking warmth between takes on film sets, are two of its most iconic styles. Canada Goose will be offering a special WaitWhile service at the Dublin store, while customers can also use the app to schedule an appointment with an instore Brand Ambassador, (this white glove service has a dedicated time slot for one-on-one shopping). The Dublin store is also offering customers to “reflect their style” by accessorising the hoods of new parkas in a number of finishes and patterns, reversible trims and colours such as camo prints, bright Monarch Orange and North Star White. The AW20 campaign is fittingly called “Live In The Open”, as worn by dancer and choreographer Suzette Brissett (pictured) – perfect timing for all those terrace-based invites which are stacking up; www.canadagoose.com.

Timeless, feminine, easy-to-wear dresses with a rock ‘n’ roll edge is the MO of the niche brand Queens of Archive, founded by Nicola Orme and Sarah Plunkett Chadwick. The brand pays homage to Anita Pallenberg, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Francoise Hardy and Marianne Faithful, with some of the mini and maxi dresses named after these icons. For a limited edition festive floral or fab detachable collar head to Arnotts where a special Queens of Archive pop-up is to be found in store and online from December 7.

Also at Arnotts is The Circular Room, which opened yesterday, and celebrates a sustainable approach to fashion. In partnership with Designer Exchange, this experience allows customers to browse a covetable collection of pre-loved designer and vintage pieces. Customers can also book an appointment to meet experts from the Designer Exchange team who will be on hand to offer valuations on items and offer an Arnotts gift card to spend in store in exchange for their preloved accessories; www.arnotts.ie.

The Handmade Soap Company, founded by husband and wife team Donagh Quigley and Gemma McGowan, has opened a pop up shop on Dublin’s Wicklow Street, where visitors can see the brand’s sustainable journey and its range of delectable soaps, candles and hand lotions. The new Anam Collection should be on your radar and gets its name from the Irish word for “soul”. Already considered the greenest brand in Ireland, this collection is the brand’s most sustainable to date. Once your soap and lotion are running low, you simply re-order and refill the contents of your glass bottle, which arrive in a 100 percent compostable pouch, to be placed in your food bin. Its “off the beaten track” limited edition range is also noteworthy. Shoppers can watch the producers make this range of candles, lip balms, bath bombs and perfumes at the pop up; www.thehandmadesoapcompany.ie.

Coppinger Row Christmas Art Market is currently on and will run every Wednesday to Sunday in the lead up to Christmas from 12 noon to 8 pm. This pop-up is hosted by a collective of artists, designers, and makers with a focus on the arts. One of the traders is the new Irish lifestyle brand Home (pictured), co-founded by Sinead Bailey Kelly who says: “Home will be showcasing our collection of homewares and little luxuries at the pop-up. A perfect place to get a gift for someone special or perhaps yourself this Christmas, a chance to smell some of the luxury scented candles in real life.”; www.athome.style.

You’ll find plenty of inspiration wandering the four floors of the Maker’s Market 2020, which opened this week, an initiative by Om Diva now in its second year, featuring designers, jewellers and artisans (featured is Maple Tree Pottery). Ruth Ni Loinsigh explains further: “We have a dedicated space on the first floor where over 20 Makers will have their collections for sale. Our Makers are both established and emerging with a strong emphasis on sustainability in both practice and materials. They range from talented potters to abstract artists and from up and coming fashion designers to organic kid’s clothing producers. They will sit alongside our resident Irish designers in Atelier 27 bringing the total number of our Irish Makers to more than 50. Our hope is that a visit will be like stepping into Christmas itself.” Do check out the beautiful window display which draws its inspiration from the Christmas Market in Salzburg in all its magical wonder; www.omdivaboutique.com.

The Winter Village at the Guinness Storehouse is currently hosting some of Dublin’s best artisan craft makers, jewellery designers and artists – a collaboration with The Locals – a collective born in Dublin 8. Visitors can browse stalls for stocking fillers from a line up which includes quirky prints and cards from Grand Grand and Jam Art Factory, sustainable sweatshirts from Fresh Cuts Clothing and plants from Potty Mouth. Of course there’s plenty of gift ideas for Guinness fans too, while Lilliput Stores and SamboAmbo will be creating some tempting festive nibbles. Visitors will also be given a postcard to send anywhere in the world, (there is a special post box on site) but these are no ordinary Christmas cards – each offers a complimentary visit to the Guinness Storehouse. The Winter Village will be open all month from 2pm – 8pm between Wednesday and Sunday, tickets to Winter Village stalls are free of charge, subject to availability, for information visit www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/winter-village.

Whether you visit Kildare Village in person or online, there’s plenty to get excited about. Firstly, there are several new brands to the village – including Italian labels Tods and Eleventy, and two pop ups – Poco by Pippa O’Connor and one by Guinness Storehouse. They join the impressive line-up of shops which includes Maje, Sandro, The White Company, Neom and Jimmy Choo among others. If you can’t visit in person the team has introduced a bespoke virtual shopping service, enabling you to shop directly with your chosen brand, or book in with a Village Concierge or Personal Stylist, if you wish to shop from several brands. Bookable by telephone or email, a private virtual consultation will either take place via video call, email, WhatsApp or a combination of approaches. Your purchase will be made securely and shipped directly to you;  www.tbvsc.com/kildare-village/en/brands.

Staying in Co Kildare, the very best of the county’s restaurants and food producers are participating in a new virtual food festival. Organised by Into Kildare “Taste of Kildare at Christmas” will be launched on Sunday 6 December by food author and TV chef Rachel Allen. Running until Sunday December 20, this series of virtual festive cooking demonstrations includes Jordan and Majken Bailey from the two Michelin star restaurant Aimsir at Cliff at Lyons and chefs Mickael Vilijanen and Mark Moriarty from The Greenhouse Restaurant, along with other chefs and food and drink suppliers; www.tasteofkildare.ie.

I’m looking forward to visiting New York this Christmas … at Dundrum Town Centre, where its outdoor theme is “Welcome to New York”. Shoppers can immerse themselves in this installation which features a state-of-the-art, model Manhattan complete with iconic buildings such as the Empire State Building, One World Trade Centre, Times Square, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more. Also check out the newly refurbished Pembroke Square which is reopening tomorrow Friday, December 4. The square has been transformed into an Instagrammable winter wonderland with a Giant Christmas Bauble backdrop and a giant Ferris Wheel which will be ticketed – a portion of proceeds will go to the LauraLynn Foundation – Ireland’s only children’s hospice. Market stalls will also be serving some food and nibbles. Enjoy some mulled wine from Dunne & Crescenzi, or vegan treats from Nock Nock Café and Vegan Goods which will also sell vegan friendly craft products such as candles, reusable coffee cups and vegan household products. Brown Thomas is also hosting a pop up Click & Collect store located on Level 2; www.dundrum.ie.

And from New York to Paris … Those of us who love the Parisian brand Sezane should note that there is now an online pop up especially for Irish customers. Sezane has partnered with local charity Variety Children and giving ten percent of sales to this organisation which helps children with special needs. The brand is also offering an exclusive gift from its bespoke lifestyle collection. Use the code BONJOURIRELAND and you’ll receive a unique surprise with your order; free express delivery and returns is also guaranteed; www.sezane.com.

The first Roe & Co Irish Whiskey pop up takes place on Saturday, December 5 in collaboration with The Useless Project, with the aim of giving small local businesses a much-needed space to showcase gifts. The Useless Project, founded by the duo Geraldine Carlton and Taz Kelleher (pictured) are known for their virtual flea market, so this is a natural synergy. Says Kelleher “Every time we spend money, we have the power to vote for the kind of future we want to see. By becoming a conscious consumer, we get to decide which businesses thrive, and that’s a really empowering thing.” To support local Irish brands and get some gift ideas the Roe & Co Instagram page @roeandcowhiskey.

Launching today, Thursday December 3, is The Westbury Christmas Shop in in the Westbury Mall, as well as online, selling a carefully curated collection of luxury gifts synonymous with The Westbury. There are collectible keepsakes and glassware as well as beautiful Christmas wreaths, not forgetting the bespoke candle Donegal Turf created for The Westbury by Cloon Keen Atelier. You’ll also find a fine edit of wines picked by sommelier Philip Dunne and teas selected by Sarah Fagan, The Westbury’s tea sommelier, as well as a range of skincare products by Modern Botany. The Westbury Christmas Shop will open seven days a week from 9am to 6.30pm and on Sundays from 10am to 6.30pm, or visit the online store at shop.doylecollection.com.

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