The holidays are officially here, which means gift shopping has taken over most of our department store trips and e-tailer visits. But instead of hitting up the usual suspects, this year’s selection of pop-up shops happen to be both charming and unique—just the thing you need for those hard-to-gift people on your list. Here, a list of designers and brands from the West to the East Coast that are making life a little bit easier for you this season.
Homepage photo: Courtesy of Mansur Gavriel
Just in time for the holidays, NYC-based accessories label Mansur Gavriel opened its first pop-up, inviting customers to a pastel pink shopping environment complete with customized floral arrangements.
Where: 134 Wooster St, New York, NY 10012
When: November 18, 2016 - January 11, 2017; Monday to Saturday 11AM - 7PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM
The Shop at 97 Crosby
Featuring brands like Eleven Six, Daryl K and exclusive pieces from KES, The Shop at 97 Crosby will satisfy all your winter needs with pom hats and wool coats galore.
Where: 97 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
When: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017; Monday to Saturday 11AM - 7PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM
Furla launched a pop-up boutique in a San Francisco townhouse from the early 1900s, keeping its original elements while injecting the color and creativity for which the Italian brand is known.
Where: 216 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
When: Open November 21, 2016
12 Days of Christmas at Platform LA
Platform LA is hosting seasonal activities, mini-makeovers and photo pop-ups as part of its 12 Days of Christmas event, inviting vendors like Ariel Gordon Jewelry and Twig & Twine as well as blowouts by Dry Bar and manicures by tenoverten.
Where: 850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
When: December 1, 2016 - December 18, 2016
Themed after Dior Lady Art, the luxury brand's pop-up boutique features an interior walkway of Hollywood star symbols and installations inspired by the collaboration, showcasing a full range of handbags, accessories, scarves and bijoux.
Where: 201 North Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: Open December 6, 2016; Monday to Saturday 10AM - 6PM, Sunday 12PM - 5PM
The Elder Statesman
For its second season, the brand's Winter Shop offers customizations from embroidery to tie-dyeing on signature styles like the Picasso sweater. Merchandise from The Elder Statesman x NBA collection is also available in new colors and teams.
Where: 159 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065
When: November 30, 2016 - December 31, 2016; Monday to Saturday 10:30AM - 6:30PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM, Closed on Tuesday except by special appointment
The Arrivals extended their stay to present its most recent collection along with giftables, cold weather accessories and limited-edition versions of its bestsellers as well as a rotating carousel of brands like Roxanne Assoulin and Oliver Cabell.
Where: 39.5 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013
When: October 26, 2016 - December 31, 2016; Daily 11AM - 8PM
Buy Me Brunch
With shirts that read "Bout To Get Blitzen'd", Buy Me Brunch's holiday pop-up shows just as much rad personality as the Austin-based "no filter" brand. Keeping in character, the store will also be popping champagne during weekend events.
Where: 171 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
When: November 29, 2016 - January 15, 2017; Daily 11AM - 7PM
With brands like Chanel, Hermès and Gucci, The RealReal's brick-and-mortar will have you picking up one-of-a-kind luxury items, including handbags, collectible watches and even fine art. Authentication experts will also be on site to make sure you're getting the real deal. (See where the name comes from?)
Where: 79 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
When: December 1, 2016 - December 15, 2016; Monday to Friday 11AM - 8PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM - 9PM
Open through early 2017, you can shop apparel and accessories at San Francisco label Cuyana's pop-up shop in NYC, which offers live monogramming and displays exclusive photos from photographers Matt Johnson, Alice Gao and Emily Johnston.
Where: 266 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
When: Open September 20, 2016
At its first-ever retail store, Modern Citizen is hosting the founders of seven brands such as Lunya and Quay Australia, where you can not only shop their new collections, but also have the chance to win gift cards worth $100 (or two pairs of designer sunnies).
Where: 777 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
When: November 1, 2016 - December 23, 2016; Tuesday to Saturday 11AM - 7PM, Sunday 11AM - 4PM
Joey Wölffer's pop-up at The Drawing Room features her eponymous collection of bags with handwoven straps and rare embellishments, including unique finds like a jacket based on a vintage piece she herself discovered while traveling.
Where: 40 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021
When: December 10, 2016 - December 19, 2016
Bailey44 and Ali & Jay
LA brands Bailey44 and Ali & Jay opened up shop to collectively offer their latest styles, from velvet tops and silk dresses to sequin minis and two-piece sets. Personal stylists will also be available to help shoppers find their best holiday looks.
Where: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401
When: November 5, 2016 - February 2017
To showcase their latest collection of Wool Runner shoes, Allbirds will host a three-day event in Shinola Silver Lake, where customers can make any purchase for a complimentary gift with festive shoe laces.
Where: 3515 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
When: December 10, 2016 - December 12, 2016; Saturday and Monday 11AM - 8PM, Sunday 11AM - 7PM
Condé Nast Traveler
Accompanying the launch of Conde Nast Traveler Imports with e-commerce partner Shop Latitude is a pop-up store at the NoMo SoHo Hotel that offers local crafts and designs from 11 travel destinations, including France, Italy and Mexico.
Where: 9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013
When: December 16, 2016; 6PM - 9PM
Aritzia Melrose features a curated selection of the fashion boutique's top brands and capsule collections, including The Group by Babaton and Le Fou by Wilfred, which caters to LA weather—from light knits to cocoon coats.
Where: 8100 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
When: Monday to Saturday 10AM - 7PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM
Sakara x FiveStory
Where: 18 E 69th St, New York, NY 10065
When: December 15, 2016
Fleur du Mal
If getting a selfie with a "smoking-hot Santa" is your sort of thing, stop by the pop-up for luxury lingerie brand Fleur du Mal, where you can take a break from the giving and do a little Christmas shopping for yourself.
Where: 372 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
When: December 10, 2016; 12PM - 8PM
Kylie Jenner's much-hyped pop-up marks the first time she's taking her brand offline, offering the wildly popular lip kits as well as limited-edition apparel and holiday collectibles.
Where: Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park
When: December 12, 2016 - December 18, 2016; Monday to Sunday 10AM - 9PM
Sophia Webster's virtual launch features a special edit of its most iconic footwear styles in a posh game of mystery through the SW Vault, where both loyal and new customers can gain entry to the site by collecting clues on the brand's social media channels.
Where: SW Vault website
When: Open for 72 hours
With the birch-paneled ceiling and Japanese straw lattice wallpaper, this Samuji store is the first in the country, housing the brand's womenswear, accessories and homeware collections with a distinct Finnish vibe—and it's here to stay. (That's right, this one's not just a pop-up!)
Where: 12 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
The luxury sustainable brand uses Peruvian materials and ancient handcrafted processes with conscientious living in mind (fitting, with AYNI being a Peruvian phrase that means "today for you, tomorrow for me").
Where: 97 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
When: December 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016