A pop-up boutique selling a selection of young designers’ collections has opened in the Clarence Dock development in Leeds and will trade until Christmas Eve.
Clarence Dock developer Crosby Lend Lease has donated a 1,000sq ft empty unit free of charge to the design consortium, which is made up of eight young fashion designers from design schools in the local area.
The store, called Pieces of Eight, will sell men’s and women’s contemporary and vintage fashion and accessories. The offer in store will be priced from £5 to £120.
The team of designers behind the collections include Mary Benson and Becci Caine, who recently appeared on BBC2 TV show Mary Queen of Shops, and Dominic Al-Samarraie, founder of accessories label Dom Dick & Harry.
Matt Bovan of womenswear label MKNB, Rebecca Saxton who is studying art and design at Leeds College of Art &Design, and womenswear designers Ellie Warner and Sophie Garforth also join the line-up, alongside menswear designer Colin Greenall.
Benson, owner of her own eponymous label, said: “Pieces of Eight is a great opportunity to get people into the store to buy something different. I knew this project would be a good opportunity and the space was big so I brought friends of mine on board as all our designs complement each other. There should be more shops like these to support young designers.”
Located on the waterfrontof Clarence Dock between G- Star and Replay stores, Pieces of Eight will be open from 11am until 8pm on Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.
“We have created a unique environment with urban fashion brands,” said Simon Kidd, commercial lettings director at Clarence Dock. “The Pieces of Eight boutique complements our existing offer perfectly. It is also an opportunity for us to support local talent and offer them a platform to hopefully become commercially successful.”