We’re thrilled to announce that Aerende will be popping up in London. Our very first physical store will be open at 7 Park Street, near Borough Market (about a 5-minute walk from London Bridge), from 24th October to 5th November. The shop will be open Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 6 with later hours for the events below.
The shop is the result of a very special competition, run by Appear Here, to identify, support and showcase retail concepts of the future by giving them a lovely space to tell their stories and showcase their work. To my great delight, Aerende was picked as the winner by a panel of amazing judges to whom I'll always be grateful for seeing the potential in our business.
We're hoping to make the shop a physical representation of the website - elegant and considered but not showy, a place where people can come, talk, think, shop and feel welcome. Of course, the people who create our products are vital to this experience.
To help bring the Aerende vision to life, our maker organisations will be running a series of events to showcase and pass on their skills. We have also organised some informal panel discussions to discuss some of the issues that we think underpin our business. You can see the full schedule below.
Do drop in for a coffee, come and look at our lovely sustainable goods and see how our ethical interiors can be incorporated into your home. We love talking about our makers and exploring new ideas with customers so we hope to see you there.
THIS WEEK (w/c 30th October)
Wednesday 1st November – WORKSHOPSBring your social impact idea to life Kennedy Woods will be offering individual one-hour design clinics for people have a business idea that can make a difference.Time: 10am-4pmPrice: FREEDetails: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your idea to book
Thursday 2nd November – TALK Ethical interiors – Why homes matter and how to make them countAn informal panel discussion and Q&A about what ethical interiors are, issues to be aware of and how we can integrate them into our homes. In conversation with:
Time: 7.15pm (or earlier if you’d like to shop)Price: FREE (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included)Details: To find out more and book your space, click here
Friday 3rd November – WORKSHOPMake your own pair of espadrille slipper/slidesUsing reclaimed leather and jute soles our makers at Juta Shoes will be leading this workshop to make your very own pair of unique slides. Juta is a social enterprise that offers well-paid and flexible employment through the medium of shoe making to deprived and under-waged women in Tower Hamlets.Time:10am - 12pmPrice: £40 (including all materials, coffee and Rise Bakery brownies)Details: To find out more and book, click here
Saturday 4th November – WORKSHOPMake your own paper origami fairy light stringUsing natural hand-made papers, you will learn how to make pretty paper covers for a string of fairy lights to take home in time for the festive season. Run by our makers Creatively Mindful, who work with a range of marginalised craftspeople and help them deal with daily stress and anxiety through creative activities.Time: 4pm - 5.30pmPrice: £20 (including all materials, coffee and Rise Bakery brownies)Details: To find out more and book, click here
Wednesday 25th October – WORKSHOPSBring your social impact idea to life Kennedy Woods, the design team behind the Aerende pop-up will be offering individual one-hour design clinics for people who have a business idea that can make a difference.Time: 10am-4pmPrice: FREEDetails: Email email@example.com with details of your idea to book
Thursday 26th October – TALK Sustainable restaurants – beyond the ingredientsAn informal panel discussion and Q&A about emerging areas in restaurant sustainability; including interior design, social impact and tableware. In conversation with:
Friday 27th October – WORKSHOPMake your own pinch potExperience the therapeutic value of clay and learn to make your own pinch pots. This session will be led by Studio 306 which supports people recovering from mental health illnesses through creativity. You will make at least one and up to three pots to take away.Time: 11am-12.30pmPrice: £15 (including materials, coffee and Rise Bakery brownies)Details: To find out more and book your space, click here