For November and December we've been lucky enough to be able to return to the King's Road. We're excited to be a part of what seems to be quite a resurgence of independent fashion in an area that used to be renowned for it. With numerous new boutiques and popups, maybe King's Rd will achieve it's former fashion glory again.
What's In Store This Time?
Collectionaires' Exclusive Japanese Designer Clothing
As you'll expect if you've visited us before, we'll have around 200 designs from about 15 designers, each limited to just a few, and some are the only one in Europe. We've added over 100 designs since August, and we are expecting a couple of more deliveries during the run of this popup. You can browse most of the clothes on this website, but there are always a few in store that aren't on here (we simply can't keep up).
We'll also be adding a beautiful collection of silk scarves from our latest designer discovery, Hana Kitazaki. And we're expecting a selection of new jewellery too, which we'll announce once it arrives.
We're pleased that our friends at Sam Sake will be joining us again and converting another Chelsea basement into a sake bar and shop. This time the vibe will be a little different - it's a more modern feel with a manga-covered bar. We're looking forward to seeing the finished venue (and drinking plenty of sake of course :-)).
Sam will also be raising the bar (sorry :-)), by offering sake-based cocktails, a 'mini sake experience', and full private tasting sessions for group or individual bookings. They are also offering the perfect place for a few 'pre-Christmas party' drinks for you and your colleagues.
For more details, or booking enquiries, please visit their website at www.samsake.com.
Kitsune Nails - Nail Art And Manicures
Manami, who works under the name Kitsune (meaning fox) is a new addition to our growing circle of wonderful Japanese-based collaborators. We scoured London to find the best Japanese nail artist and we're very happy that she's agreed to join us for a select few dates to offer her amazing nail treatments to our customers. We've added just a few snapshots of recent designs here, but you can find plenty more on her instagram page.
Manami is in high demand, so dates are quite limited and appointments are highly recommended. At present she has slots on Fridays 28/11 and 5/12 and Saturday 6/12. We hope we may be able to persuade her to do a few other days or evenings, so please get in touch ASAP if you'd like to request an appointment.
If you're not quite sure, why not pop in and see the wonderful job she did on our own Skye's nails - that will be sure to convince you.
Special Events For 'Aid For Japan'
We can't reveal all the details yet, but we'll be offering a host of special low-cost evening events during December, with all ticket fees going to 'Aid for Japan' - a UK-based charity which provides support for orphans of the 2011 tsunami. You can find out all about them on their website.
We'll update this page with a list of events and send out a special newsletter (you can subscribe in the footer) once dates and times are confirmed. No doubt we'll tweet or post to Facebook too.
We can possibly also host bespoke events for small or medium groups, perhaps combined with a sake event too. So if there is any aspect of Japanese culture that interests you then please enquire (see footer).Events/presentations may include:
- traditional gift wrapping (perfect for Christmas)
- tea ceremonies and tastings
- ikebana (minimalist flower arranging)
- the mystique of the kimono
- Japanese art
The popup is at 261 King's Road, Chelsea, London. SW3 5EL.
our basic planned opening times are 11am to 6pm, Sunday to Thursday, and until 8pm on Friday and Saturday.
But we may open later on any day where we have an event, a group booking, or we just feel like it.
Please check this page for any updates, or feel free to contact us if you'd like us to stay open later on any particular evening.