Markets And Shopping Events: October 2014

Laura Reynolds
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Markets And Shopping Events: October 2014

We know you probably don't want to think about it — we don't either — but October is probably your last chance to go out bargain hunting without having to contend with the Christmas shopping hordes. You know we're right.


Be so enthralled by the Such & Such pop-up shop that you forget about your washing.

BLK DNM: New York-based label BLK DNM pops up in Harrods for six weeks, selling denim-based clothing and accessories. Until 13 October

IN HOUSE: In House Studios on Redchurch Street has opened a new pop-up store, with a different theme every month. The first, In Print, opened 5-28 September, offering homewares, predominantly stationary, with a typographical theme. Watch this space for the next pop-up at In House.

LOUIS VUITTON: The French luggage giant has opened its first pop-up store in Dover Street Market selling leather goods, fashion jewellery, sunglasses and shoes. Until 14 October

CHEESE: Imagine our sheer joy when we learned that Castello Cheese has opened a pop-up shop a mere hop, skip and gouda from Londonist Towers in Shoreditch. So much cheese. We really want cheese now. Cheese. Until 24 October

DESIGN HOMEWARE: Truman Brewery on Brick Lane hosts Such & Such Pop Up Shop. The brand is a design and homeware store selling furniture, soft furnishings and small electronic items. 22-27 October

SCANDINAVIAN: Have trouble getting hold of clothes from your favourite Scandinavian designers? So was Cecilia Johansson, which is why she set up Scandinavian Fashion, which pops up on King's Road this month. From 30 September, for one month

VAGABOND SHOES: This one's a bit long-term to be classed as pop-up, but who are we to judge? Swedish shoemaker Vagabond has opened a store at BoxPark in Shoreditch, selling men's and women's shoes and leather goods. For six months.

New Openings

Stradivarius opens in Westfield Stratford City

VICTORIA BECKHAM: To much kerfuffle, Vicky B has finally got on with it and opened her first store in the UK, on Dover Street. Despite her joking (we think) about hiring David and Brooklyn to work the till, she insists that she wants it to be the sort of place where people feel comfortable shopping.

ADIDAS: Sportswear brand adidas Originals has chosen Foubert's Place in Carnaby as its new London flagship store.

SIMPLY BE: Jacamo and Simply Be, fashion stores for larger-sized men and women respectively, have joined forces and opened a store on Oxford Street, with men's clothes up to 5XL and women's up to size 32.

STRADIVARIUS: The Spanish ladies fashion store, which comes from the same people as Zara, has opened its first UK store, at Westfield Stratford City — and not a musical instrument in sight.

Markets and Events

Stylist's Rail is back at Hoxton Hotel. Image: Kristabel Plummer

DIG A LITTLE: Dig A Little Record Fair returns to the Forest Tavern in Forest Gate. It's for anyone interested in music. Specialist sellers will be on hand with records to sell and trade and there’ll be DJs providing the music. Free, 12pm-6pm, 4 October

STYLIST'S RAIL: The Stylist's Rail gives the public a chance to browse and buy from the wardrobes of a selection of London’s top stylists and fashion folk, bang-on-trend vintage brands and up-and-coming independent designers. Plus live music and free cocktails, all at the Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch. Free, 12pm-5pm, 11 October

FLEA MARKET: The monthly Hackney Flea Market is back at Stoke Newington Church Street, selling everything from clothes to homeware, electricals, antique luggage and more. Free, 18-19 October

WEDDING FAIR: The Chosen Boutique Wedding Fair at Islington Assembly Hall gives couples a chance to find unique elements for their wedding, from the venue to the invites. See the full list of exhibitors. £3, prebook, 11am-4pm, 19 October

AUTUMN MARKET: The N1 Centre in Islington hosts an Autumn Market, consisting of a number of stalls selling a wide range of goods from classic vintage wear and handmade soft furnishings, to arts, crafts and prints. 20-26 October

Vintage Fairs

Let your hair down at Frock Me! vintage fair

STUDENT DISCOUNT: So Vintage is back at Spitalfields Market for a day of vintage wonder and, this time round, there's a student discount to welcome all the new students to London. Get ready for Winter with bomber jackets, backpacks and boots — and perhaps a Christmas party dress or two. Free, 11am-5pm, 4 October

NORTH LONDON: The North London Vintage Market returns to St Mary's Parish Hall in Crouch End selling vintage home wares, furniture, lighting, fabrics, furnishings, clothing, accessories, prints, ephemera, ceramics. Expect different traders on each day. £1.50, 4-5 October

AFFORDABLE VINTAGE: Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair returns to York Hall in Bethnal Green with vintage fashion galore. The fair began in 2006 as a cheaper alternative to the pricey vintage markets across London. £3/£2, 10.30am-4.30pm, 5 October

RETRO FURNITURE: South London gets the Vintage Furniture treatment when Judy's Vintage Furniture Flea arrives at Lambeth Town Hall. There'll be no expensive replicas, just original and affordable pieces. £3/£2, 10.30am-4.30pm, 19 October

FASHION FORWARD: From Burberry’s 1970s folk prints to Louis Vuitton’s 1960s style quilted miniskirts and Jonathan Saunders's 1950s granddad jumpers for men, get your hands on some returning trends at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. £4, 11am-5pm, 19 October

DOWNTON STYLE: Make like Lady Mary Crawley at Frock Me! in Chelsea Town Hall. We're promised swing coats, cashmere, accessories, and 1920s beaded flapper gowns. As always, Blackbird Tea Rooms will be on hand to offer refreshment to the fashionable folk of London. £4, 11am-4.30pm, 26 October

Art and Craft

A trader at a previous Crafty Fox Market

CRAFTY FOX: The sly quadruped slinks back into Dogstar in Brixton for the seasonal craft market. All stalls are curated by a special guest — this time round it's Katie Treggiden of the Confessions of a Design Geek blog. Free, 11am-5pm, 4-5 October

BUY DIRECT: Spitalfields Art Market covers many mediums, predominantly painting and photography, giving the public a chance to buy direct from the artists, cutting out the middle man and letting everyone go home happy. 9-12 October

DESIGNERS MAKERS: This regular market showcases some of the UK’s most talented designers and makers, again giving the public a chance to interact with the producers. In Spitalfields, 18-19 October

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Last Updated 28 September 2014