Holiday Pop-Up Shops

Last-minute gifts at these eight temporary holiday shops in eight cities around the world

With contributions by Karen Day, Victor Reznik and Bailee Wolfson


Toronto: Bicyclette

Canadian clothing store Bicyclette transformed an already beautiful space into a winter wonderland for the last two weeks of December. Featured designers include Lauren Elan, Biko Jewellery, ScarfParty and Hart Boutique, among others. The shop is at 972 Queens Street and is open Tuesday through Sunday through 31 December 2010.


Paris: Darkroom

Focused on bringing the beauty of Africa to the wintry season, London’s Darkroom boutique takes its goods to Paris for a colorful temporary shop. Located inside the renowned Le Bon Marché department store (24 Rue de Sèvres), Darkroom Paris is open Monday through Saturday, 9am-6pm through 31 December 2010.


New York City: Cool Hunting for Gap

For the 2010 holiday season we proudly introduced a pop up store that brings together products from independent companies based in the New York region. Set in Gap’s project space on 5th Avenue, the store is a Cool Hunting production from top to bottom with all items carefully selected by our editorial team. The CH for Gap pop up is located on 680 fifth avenue is open daily through 2 January 2011.


Milan: Ferrero

Ferrero (makers of Nutella, Rocher and other delectables) installed a store that offers a selection of treats along with personalised versions of the assortments—from the most classical to the newest and most exclusive and according to personal taste and preferences, the choice makes a unique, inimitable gift. The pop-up “boutique” will be serving daily delicious confections for the romantics at 59 di corso Garibaldi through 6 January 2010.


Portland: Flurry

Flurry, a design collective in Portland, OR, endeavors to celebrate the city’s independent designers during the holiday season with items like Real McCoy purses, Looptworks laptop sleeves, O’Pearl jewelry and trinkets galore. Flurry is at 750 S.W. Yamhill Street and is open daily from 9am-9pm through 31 December 2010.


Amsterdam: 100 Days

Perpetually experimental Danish designer Henrik Vibskov recently launched a traveling pop up shop at Sprspace in Amsterdam, where it will remain for 100 days before touring Europe. The conceptual store will feature Vibskov’s full S/S 2011 collection, one-off pieces and exclusive products, making it a not-to-miss for the fashion-forward. “100 Days” is at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 262 and runs 9 December 2010 through the next 100 days, open Monday-Saturday.


Minneapolis: Russian Museum of Art

Find true holiday spirit in Minneapolis’ Russian Museum of Art pop up store. The museum’s popular Izba gift shop’s new location peddles hand-carved Russian ornaments, tea sets and more. The Izba pop up is located within the Mall of America and is open through 31 December 2010.


Los Angeles: OK Store

L.A.’s OK Store opened an additional outpost in nearby Silverlake last spring for a one-year stint. During the holidays OK packed it with pre-wrapped stocking stuffers, porcelain vases and straw gift boxes, in addition to their usual assortment of unique items. OK is at 724 1/2 Silverlake Boulevard and is open daily from April 2010 to April 2011.