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Article: Sophie Summer Pop-Up in Stretford Mall

Flyer for MFI Department Store Pop Up.

Sophie Summer Pop-Up in Stretford Mall

Sophie Summer is very excited to announce our very first pop up shop, in Stretford Mall, in association with the Manchester Fashion Movement as the brand launches The Department Store.

The Sophie Summer pop-up stall will be open Saturday 31/07/21 - Sunday 01/08/21, showcasing some of our favourite designs from the online store. This is your chance to see some of our designs up close, meet our founder Joie Alonso, and maybe even take advantage of some one-off in-store discounts!

We’re delighted to be one of the brands helping to launch The Department Store, which is described by Manchester Fashion Movement as: “A concept store in which we could house these amazing brands under one roof whilst offering live discussions, workshops, brand exposure, window installations and a social element that many of us have been missing during the last 18 months.”

Joie said: “It is fantastic to be included in such a positive event, not just for Manchester but also for the sustainable shopping movement. At Sophie Summer, we want to encourage a more conscious, ethical, and responsible approach to shopping, as well as championing artisans and independent designers, and our values are perfectly in sync with those of Manchester Fashion Movement. 

“We think this will be a fabulous event, and we’re excited to meet some of our customers face to face. We’re also eager to discover new brands and be inspired by some of their processes and creations. We hope lots of you will join us!”

Insta post from MFM of Stitched Up Wardrobe Surgery event

The festivities begin on Wednesday afternoon, with a Drop-in Wardrobe Surgery Workshop with Stitched Up, with Manchester Fashion Movement Discusses Fashion & Mental Health ticketed-talk set to take place on Wednesday evening. The guest host will be Rebecca Ryder of Mental Health podcast Same Shit, Different Brain, with guest speakers also sharing some of their experiences. The Department Store will also be open for a preview.

 Insta post - MFM discusses Fashion & Mental Health

Featuring music from DJ Danielle Moore and drinks by Le Social, as well as exclusive items available to purchase and the chance to speak to the brand founders, the glittering launch party takes place on Thursday evening and is a ticket-only event with a 50 person capacity. 

However, from Friday onwards, you are more than welcome to stop by. The pop-up space opens at midday on Friday, and you can shop and browse a wide range of sustainable items, from luxury swimwear and unisex brands to handmade knitwear and curated vintage pieces. 

The lifestyle store will showcase local talent and encourage you to think differently about how your shop. 

On Sunday, you can enjoy vegan and cruelty-free nail manicures from Seedling Holistics, just remember to arrive with paint-free nails.

 Seedling Holistics instagram post - rainbow nails vegan manicure

Located on the site of the original shopping district on what used to be King Street, Stretford Mall was first opened in 1969 as Stretford Arndale but changed its name in 2003. Sitting at the heart of the city’s commercial centre, the Mall is currently the linchpin of a ‘multi-million pound masterplan’ from Bruntwood and Trafford Council to renovate both the building and the surrounding area. 

As of July 19th, Stretford Mall is open with safety measures in place, such as the choice for staff and customers to wear facemasks, hand sanitiser stations, and one-way systems on staircases. Please note that other restrictions may be in place in different areas of the Mall.

We hope to see you there!

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