The Unexpected Pop-up Store San Francisco, an ethical Franco-American initiative, is back!! And it is back from May 21 to June 14, 2021.
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 some of the girlfriends are designers and owners of brands!!
This is how the UNEXPECTED POP-UP was born and settled in the former Maeght Gallery in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. You will find home decoration accessories, posters, recycled furniture, handmade sweaters, dresses, and leathers.
Maison Papaï: Anne-Sophie and Virginie, two friends living in the Bay and passionate about beautiful objects and decoration from French and European brands, source and import home accessories, wall decoration, and small furniture.
They also launched their interior design studio and the eponymous online store called Maison Papaï www.maisonpapaï.com
Kenlynn: Luxurious knitted sweaters and dresses as well as luxurious leathers in beautiful bright colors, all-natural fibers, and made in California.
ElleSenFish: The art of furniture upcycling by Sandrine Marguot. For example, a mid-century turntable cabinet refurbished and updated with new speakers.
Carole Neilson Ceramics: handmade ceramics with an organic feel to them. Raw yet elegant.
Besides the fact that this UNEXPECTED POP-UP got 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 to install their pop-up. Then, part of the profits generated 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, from communication to physical set-up.
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.
10% of the profit will be donated to Creative Growth Art Center, a non-profit based in Oakland, California that serves artists with disabilities by providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition, and representation.
Dates: from May 21 to June 14
Days and Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from noon to 6 p.m.
Address: Galerie Maeght, 149 Gough Street, San Francisco
Please respect Covid safety measures wearing a mask and respecting social distance