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Pop Up Cinema – Secret Cinema – Location TBA 2011 – London

The Secret Cinema is back, and the people behind the venture claim that this December’s event will be the biggest and most ambitious yet. The concept is simple: sell tickets blind, keep the film under wraps, send punters off to a secret location and fill the place with actors in costume, themed food, music, and surprises (some of them nasty), all designed to evoke the world of the film. A handpicked film will play from December 6-31, which film, is still anybody’s guess?  Given the festive timing and the relative bleakness of last April’s film ‘The Battle of Algiers’ (seen below), it’ll be a return to the crowd-pleasing spectaculars of old. Tickets are on sale now but act fast, these things have a tendency to sell out. So those Secret Cinema fans should keep their ears and eyes open for updates… http://www.secretcinema.org/    

Photography – Ellis Parrinder – NME’s 50 Best Pictures of the Decade

Congratulations to our friend Ellis Parrinder on winning 4 pictures in the TOP 50 Most Beautiful Photographs of the Decade voted by NME. This is a huge accolade  to have achieved with some of the industry’s toughest critics.

Here Ellis captures Kate Moss and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream at the NME awards in 2007. This is just one of four fab pics taken by Ellis.

We worked with Ellis a while back when Pop Store were approached by Fenchurch to style and direct their European Autum/Winter 2009 campaign. Pop Store approached their friend Ellis to shoot the campaign. The shoot location was on a boat on the Thames between Battersea to Canary Wharf. This was an outdoor shoot with ever changing light conditions, however, Ellis managed to get shot after shot nailed without any photoshop retouching needed.

Fenchurch set us a brief affirm their position in the market as a London based streetwear brand. This campaign became Fenchurch’s most successful and hit the European market by storm. Ellis was a huge part of the process and we are happy to see his achievements.  

He also shot our Fourholes campaign underwater, and check out the results…

So a thank you and a congrats to the gifted Photographer, Ellis Parrinder.

Music – Blog – AOR Disco

We stumbled upon this blog a few months back when BBC Radio 6 Music mentioned it. It posts about classic adult orientated rock, revived , remixed and re-edited material. There is something for everyone on this muso blog and has some incredible (never-seen before) photography. The archives are endless and it has hours of material to keep you entertained. Especially useful on a dreary Sunday. See what you think…. http://aordisco.blogspot.com/

Interior – Helicosm Cosmetics Shop – Paris

Location: Paris 1st Arrondissement Designed by: FREAKS Freearchitects The 100-sq-m store has an usual shape for a Parisian shop, as it stretches 20m long. A wood tunnel doubles as a shelving display and connects the main shop in front and a waiting room in the back. ‘The tunnel works as a theatre decorum into which doors and holes organize all the technical storage, access, restroom and extra display,’ explains Yves Pasquet of FREAKS freearchitects. At the end of the tunnel is a large image of mountains and a lake that brings the space into a parallel reality. The cool mint hue covers the floor, walls and ceiling in the front room, wrapping guests with a refreshing – yet slightly uncomfortable – aesthetic. All furnishings were found in second-hand shops and markets, which Pasquet says was done to not ‘overly design’ the space. With a budget of a mere €100,000 budget, we love this interior and it’s LAB feel. What do you interior lovers think?  


Store: Brooks Brothers Location: Regent Street, London Last Thursday1 Brooks Brothers opened the doors of their Regent Street store to showcase the best in Scottish textiles and raise money for male cancer Charity Orchid. Marking Harris Tweed’s centenary year, Brooks Brothers showed off a Harris Tweed-upholstered 1919 Model T Ford, especially created by Ramsay Coachtrimming for the ‘champagne of fabrics‘. Founder Henry Sands Brooks had a very clear guiding principle for Brooks Brothers, which was “to make and deal only in merchandise of the finest body, to sell it at a fair profit, and to deal with people who seek and appreciate such merchandise.” – a standard echoed by the Scottish textiles industry. Famed for a number of firsts, Brooks Brothers has introduced many pieces such as ready-to-wear clothing and the iconic Polo Button-Down Shirt to America, which are now a staple in the fashion market.  In addition to the ‘ready-to-wear’ suit, Brooks Brothers is credited with the introduction of the wash-and-wear Shirts (first made in the 1950s using a blend of Dacron, polyester, and cotton called “Brooksweave“), and the much loved non-iron Cotton Dress Shirts, made from 100% cotton, thanks to its innovative development of technology. The button-down dress shirt collar was developed by founder Henry Sands Brooks’ grandson John E. after he saw the non-flapping collars on English polo players at a polo match in England. We think these boys look rather dapper, don’t you?

Interior by Pop Store – Amnesty International at Boxpark – London

STORE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LOCATION:  NEXT TO SHOREDITCH HIGH STREET TUBE ST, EAST LONDON Sixty shipping containers are  being transformed into the world’s first pop-up shopping mall as we speak.  Set to open its doors in East London very soon. Pop Store is creating a brand new space for Amnesty International’s new gallery/shop. We wanted to share our with you our progress… Built next to the new Shoreditch High Street train station,  60 customised containers are now on site at Boxpark. Forty make up the ground floor of the newly created High Street, and upstairs will be a further 20 units housing cafes and art galleries.


An assortment of highly sought after retailers will be claiming residency at the new shopping destination.  We are working with Amnesty International to create an amazing retail space that will raise brand awareness and educate visitors of their current and future projects. Selling a wide range of exclusive Amnesty related products. We are really excited about the new store.

The Amnesty unit will be place next-door to the main Boxpark reception as seen below. Not long until the space will be open for your leisure. Amnesty International Unit 56 [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/21191391 w=400&h=225] BOX PARK 08/2011 from Roger Wade on Vimeo.  

Interior – Topman General Store – Shoreditch

East London is now playing host to Topman’s new store Topman General Store on Commercial Street in Shoreditch. They have shed their half female inhabited clothes and gone ALL MAN. The brand’s design director, Gordon Richardson, curated the new shop alongside the creative director of the ever cool b store, Matthew Murphy. The store’s interior is a job well done and the design feels considered. You can find Topman General ‘Design’ and ‘LTD’ collections as well as seasonal collaborations and a small selection of hand picked other brands. You will also be able to mooch around limited edition art prints, books from Paris’ 0fr and temporary installations in the store’s custom built displays.  


We are delighted to announce our triumph at this years New Store Europe – Retail Week Interior Awards 2011. The 14th Annual Awards ceremony was held at the Hilton in Park Lane last Thursday 29th September, and we picked up THE SFD BEST POP-UP STORE prize. The award was for our design of Pop Store at the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham. We are pretty chuffed with this result as we were up against some heavyweight competition including design teams from; Debenhams, NIKE & Selfridges! We were also nominated as finalists for THE NJ RICHARDS UK SPECIALIST STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2011. The awards showcased tremendous efforts and achievements of other inspired retail designers whom we admire greatly. Pop Store has many more exciting projects in the pipeline, locally and overseas and are currently working with Wildfox Couture on their retail rollout across America, as well as up coming projects for the Olympics next year… exciting times ahead.

Interview – Expert – Jefferson Hack

Jefferson Hack is the publisher of Dazed and Confused, the iconic independent magazine he set up in 1992 with the photographer Rankin. Here he talks about how they set up the magazine, some of their more famous covers and collaborations, including Madonna, Ai Wei Wei and Alexander McQueen and why it’s important to read, read, read. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/24514055]

Photography – Hedi Slimane – Diary

If you love raw beauty, photography and all things black and white, we beg you to check this out: http://www.hedislimane.com/diary/ Here are some of the imagery you can expect from Hedi Slimane…
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