Hurry while it lasts...

Hidden among a flurry of boutiques and restaurants sits this very permanent but very fleeting little gem. In conjunction with the release of the second issue of Sketchbook magazine, as well as adding to the celebration of Carnaby's 50 years of fashion and music, this dreamy little pop up shop offers much more than money can buy. In fact it transcends what money can buy. Launched as a third year university undergraduate project, the Sketchbook Pop Up Shop is a community driven project that does not charge a single pence for any of its events. Its a sort of haven for the artistic, creative, entrepreneurial, and imaginative types. Stop by for a scheduled workshop or discussion, to gaze at the visual feast of illustrations that cover the walls, or to mingle with the talented staff of Sketchbook magazine. Anyone and everyone is welcome and I highly recommend you check it out while you've got the chance.
The innovative and driven Rachel Menashy.
She only just contacted Sketchbook magazine back in November about creating a pop up shop for her third year university project. The magazine loved her idea and four months later her vision has become reality. If this collaboration isn't worthy of a distinction I honestly don't know what is.

The small space is covered in whimsical artwork that was all hand painted. The shop will only run for the next three weeks, after which all the walls will have to be painted back white - a slight travesty. All guests were offered brightly coloured Vitamin Water and Love Bakery cupcakes (mmm... red velvet is my favourite).

T-shirts illustrated by Lucia Emanuela Curzi.
Everything is personal and begs you to engage with it. Creativity oozes out of every inch of this place. There wasn't a wall that was left bare.
Jade Cummings 'Music & Fashion: VV Brown' Issue 2 - Kerry Lemon 'Twitter' Issue 2
Susan Keys '5 Colourful Women in Fashion' - Issue 2
Jack Teagle 'Danielle Scutt' - Issue 2
Window design by the adorable Serene Khan, who I will show you more of later (along with images from a talk that featured Susie Bubble as well as Becky Smith who created Lula magazine).