A new pop-up in Derry’s Foyleside shopping center has provided a new hub for 10 local businesses to trade.
The companies are an eclectic range of apparel, skincare, accessories and gifts. They stand out from each other, and yet blend incredibly well together.
RE:IMAGINE was born out of a collaboration between the Fashion and Textile Design Center which is supported by the Inner City Trust, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Foyleside Shopping Centre.
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The hub, designed and equipped by Sarah McNabb, will be open 7 days a week for the next four months during normal Foyleside opening hours.
Space companies went through a “Dragon’s Den” type audition process and worked hard for the chance to trade in the heart of downtown.
Every company has its own story to tell, and no two are the same.
In the pop-up area, fantastic local businesses include companies such as Amach, Coalesce Wearable Art, Connie Ann, In_Chlomo, Celtic Irish Art, Koto Candles, Oh Sew Design Co., Piece Makers, SO 27 Skincare and VS Mend & Make Do. .
Some of the businesses have sprung up during lockdown, such as Coalesce Wearable Art, as designer Niall used his creativity as a tattoo artist unable to work during lockdown to create stunning wearable art.
Another unique creation from a company came from In_Chlomo, built from the ideas of a mother of twins who wanted comfortable yet fashionable sportswear suitable for mom and baby.
The business owners are incredibly helpful and friendly. Many gift and personal care companies offer gift sets that are perfect for Mother’s Day.
Piece Makers, which specializes in laser-made pieces, offers an eclectic mix of incredibly creative pieces. Family trees, city skylines, and even custom designs can be purchased here, with customer inquiries welcome.
Vintage Star, Oh Sew Design Co and Connie Ann bring the importance of sustainable and slow fashion, with amazing handmade and vintage items for sale.
This innovative space allows us to see the impact that using Main Street has on local businesses. Although many transactions are now done online, having a base in the main center of downtown has a huge impact on these businesses.
This initiative does the best to support local businesses to thrive, with shoppers deliberately stopping to see what unique items they can find.
Having a hub for local businesses to network and sell paves the way for more initiatives to give small businesses a much-needed helping hand.
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