Fashion designers are popping up all over North Carolina.
And now they have a place to sell and showcase their work – for a limited time, at least.
Redress Raleigh, Raleigh Fashion Association and North Hills are teaming up to create The Pop Shop, a temporary clothing and accessory store aimed to help local designers gain exposure.
The 11 featured designers, which include Judah Ross, Sevlyn, Symbology and Zac Schell, are a mix of new and established brands from around the state and were chosen through an application process.
“(North Hills) has provided us with the space to allow new and smaller designers to get involved in the area,” said Beth Stewart, strategic director for Redress Raleigh, a local organization that promotes sustainability in fashion. “They are wanting to host this to support local businesses and startups.”
The 1,000-square-foot space at Raleigh’s North Hills shopping center will be set up like a normal retail store; however, the designers will have and work their own sections of the shop.
The designers will be on hand much of the time selling their own merchandise and helping customers with measurements. People from Redress Raleigh and Raleigh Fashion Association will also staff the store.
The Pop Shop will target women ages 25 to 40 and offer items such as jewelry made from recycled materials, locally and ethically made clothes, handmade items, sportswear, professional work wear and evening gowns. Jewelry and accessories, however, will appeal to a wider age group, Stewart said.
Prices range from about $15 for some jewelry to more than $150 for clothing pieces.
Most of the items in the store can be purchased; however, the store will carry some samples, such as evening dresses, that can be custom-ordered.
According to Stewart, the designers will give a portion of their sales to Redress Raleigh, North Hills and Raleigh Fashion Association in exchange for the organizations’ marketing efforts and the use of the retail space.
The shop, which opens Saturday and closes Aug. 31, will run Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. throughout the month.
A second Pop Shop will take place each weekend in November, followed by another in March, Ellis said. Each event will feature a different set of designers and may target different audiences. The location also will change, based on what space is available at North Hills.
The Pop Shop is at 4421-103A Six Forks Road, across from Black Cat Café.
The 7,600-square-foot store will sell gently used items such as men’s, women’s and kids’ clothes, home furnishings, housewares, toys, games, books and music.
According to Gena Brown, the store’s director, the shop is seeking donations. Items can be dropped off at the store from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Once the shop is open, donations can be delivered anytime during business hours.
HANDmeUPs is holding a grand opening in the shopping center’s parking lot on Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Other stores, including Modern Enhancements and Jazzercise, will also participate in the festivities.
HANDmeUPs is at 8320 Litchford Road in Litchford Village, and is next to Food Lion and the soon-to-open Subway.
Kidz is at 6801 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh; Kuzora is at 1976 S. Main St. in Wake Forest.
Both locations open Aug. 19.