– Update on Dec. 2, 2020 –
We told you about it!! The Unexpected Pop-up Store San Francisco is an ethical Franco-American initiative, with a great background!! And it is back from December 4 to 21, 2020
It all started on a dinner night between friends trying to find a solution to help Kenlynn who, because of the pandemic, was forced to close her lovely shop in Larkspur. This outpouring of solidarity finally led to the idea of a collective pop-up, because each of the seven girlfriends is a designer or the owner of a brand!! There is strength in unity, especially at this time.
This is how the UNEXPECTED POP-UP was born, a pop-up store that will run from November 7th to 18th, 2020 in the former Maeght Gallery in the Hayes. You will find home decoration accessories, bags, jewelry, posters, recycled furniture, sculptures, handmade sweaters, and leathers.
Atelier Bliss Creation: Oversized handmade tote bags made from recycled fabrics and riding bridles. Héléne is a French woman who has lived here for 4 years, and who had her shop in Aix en Provence.
Carole Neilson Ceramics: handmade ceramics with an organic feel to it. Raw yet elegant.
ElleSenFish: The art of furniture upcycling by Sandrine Marguot. For example, this mid-century turntable cabinet refurbished and updated with new speakers.
Erika Konig: Handmade jewelry in pewter and reindeer hide. Unique craftsmanship from northern Sweden.
Kenlynn: knitted sweaters and dresses as well as luxurious leathers in beautiful bright colors.
Maison Papaï: Anne-Sophie and Virginie, two French people living in the Bay and passionate about beautiful objects and decoration from French brands – ethnic trend sourced and importing home accessories, wall decoration, and small furniture.
Besides the fact that this UNEXPECTED POP-UP was organized from scratch in record time, it is a fine example of mutual aid in these difficult times. First of all, the former Galerie Maeght generously lends the place to the designers in order to allow them to get started. Then, part of the profits will be donated to a local non-profit affected by COVID. And finally, a group of acquaintances and friends rallied around the 7 girlfriends to help prepare for this ephemeral sale. You have to think of everything from the communication of the event (creation of all the platforms and networking channels) to the layout of the place (major cleaning, repainting, signage, installation, etc …).
This pop-up is part of the new trend that encourages ethical and local shoppers. Here, it is also about showing “the know-how of all these very talented women” explains Anne-Sophie of Maison Papaï.
We love the whole concept of this initiative which will also allow you to start your Holiday shopping.
–> We collaborate with the UNEXPECTED POP UP to raffle off gifts!! All you have to do is go to the store to participate!
Address: Galerie Maeght, 149 Gough Street, San Francisco
Hours: From December 4 to 21. Monday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
Please respect Covid safety measures wearing a mask and respecting social distance