My Pop Up Store Mauritius is the hottest new trend when it comes to shopping local. I share my experience after attending the Summer Shop edition #18.
What’s a Pop Up Store?
Ever heard of Pop Up stores? These stores that – as the name suggests – pop up for a short period of time. These flash retail stores are quite trendy, for instance in USA, Europe, and cosmopolitan cities around the world. While in Mauritius, I had the opportunity to visit a local one – a proud moment for me to see how trendy my home island is! In this post, I share my experience at My Pop Up Store Mauritius.
My Pop Up Store Mauritius – the concept
My Pop Up Store Mauritius aims to be a place of discovery, supporting local artisans, designers, and makers. This also provides more visibility to these incredibly gifted people. For me, it gave me shopping satisfaction! (That’s big, seeing that shopping isn’t exactly one of my favourite activities).
This concept started in 2012 by In Situ* Visual Merchandising and its founder Elizabeth de Marcy Chelin-Chabert. I’m extremely pleased the pop up store trend reached the shores of Mauritius. I had several “big time crushes” (or coup de coeur as we say in French) for many items to the recent My Pop Up Store edition.
My shopping experience at My Pop Up Store
My Pop Up Store opens short-term in various parts of the island. I went to the ephemeral My Pop Up Store Summer Shop #18 hosted at Mont Choisy – Le Mall.
In my humble opinion, the team has done great, not only in the visual display of the local crafts and designs, but also in the promotion of the event and the experience as a whole. Information and gorgeous images to pique your curiosity on their Facebook page for starters. Then, as you walk into My Pop Up Store, you’re offered a tantalizing array of all the wonderful, innovative designs from local artisans. Jewellery, handbags, purses, clothes, decorative items, and more for you to indulge in. All this comes with friendly and attentive service from the ladies assisting you in the shop.
When I visited, the window display attracted my attention the minute I entered the Mont Choisy mall. Beautiful exquisite handcrafted beach bags were seductively beckoning me over. Or maybe it was the delicious monster leaves (with which I’m obsessed!) that were part of the décor? Either way, all my senses were awakened and I was ready to unearth gems to bring home with me.
The list of designers and participants differs from one edition to the next. Here are the ones showcased this time:
- AQUA Swimwear
- Deena A.
- Same Beach
- Dame de Coeur
- L’Atelier de Lilou
- Jo La Fleche
- É D E R the label
- Panier de Lili
- Paheli Ethnic
- Health Solutions Organic Market
- A Cup of Joe
- A Sweet Harvest
- Sirene du Bresil
- Lemon and Lime
- La Pointe Tamarin
- Sly Creation
- Miss Molly Mauritius
Most of them amazed me with their astounding creativity. Now there’s craft and there’s craft. Both are handmade except there’s that kind of quality, chic handmade craft items you want in your life! The discoveries from My Pop Up Store are refined, trendy, and utterly gorgeous! And of course, proudly “Made in Mauritius”.
The lovely bath pestemal I bought is right now gracing my living room by fulfilling its role as a #SlowLiving throw. We might also take it to the beach soon. We also found flamingo & monstera deliciosa (remember my obsession with them?) coasters to make tea time even more fun! It would have been even more fun if my fiancé had been willing to treat me with this bag with the gold sequined flamingo, but I suppose I will have to treat myself ☺️ at some stage. (Hopefully he reads this post, hehehe).
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