So, mulled wine and felt ornaments aren’t edgy enough for you? Katie Rosseinsky suggests some indie markets and pop-ups offering fashion and gifts with a bit more attitude.
Bust Christmas Craftacular
It’s not just kids who can bring a tear to the eye with a wonky handmade gift – you’ll find plenty of opportunities to make your own presents under the watchful eye of an expert at this event. If you’re on the idle side, there’s also plenty of pre-made stuff to buy, too, like jewellery, art prints and taxidermy. Islington Metal Works, 7 Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ. Angel. Sun Dec 14, noon-7pm. £3 entry.
Fashion Sunday Christmas Weekend
This double edition of insider favourite Fashion Sunday packs in 30 of London’s most exciting up-and-coming labels, including faux fur from Florence Bridge and bombers by Hellespont. Shop current season pieces plus sample and archive stock, all sold at a discount as they come straight from the designers. Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT. Bethnal Green. Sat Dec 13, noon-9pm and Sun Dec 14, noon-6pm. £3 single day, £5 weekend pass, free Sat 7pm-9pm.
LCF College Shop
Worried about showing up at the office party in the same Whistles frock as everyone else? London College of Fashion’s pop-up is your man. You’ll find pieces by rising stars at fair prices – look out for party shoes by Camilla Elphick, fuzzy fur from Barbra Kolasinski and futuristic womenswear by Min Wu (on model, left). 33 Marshall St, W1F 7ET. Oxford Circus. Thu Dec 11 to Dec 16. Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-7pm; Thu noon-8pm; Sun 11am-6pm. Free.
Secret Emporium Winter Edition
Around 30 independent British designers team up to host this fashion sale at the Rochelle School, featuring clothing, accessories, art and homewares. Look out for jewellery from Tessa Metcalfe, reworked vintage from Waking Grey and streetwear by Young Blood. Also featured is the new label by Samantha Crankshaw, whose dramatic jewelled velvet cape, designed for Kate Moss, recently scored a full page in Vogue. Club Row, The Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES. www.secretemporium.com. Old St. Sat Dec 13 and Sun Dec 14, 11am-7pm.
Shoreditch Christmas Triangle
Isosceles, equilateral, Shoreditch – these are a few of our favourite triangles. A shedload of the excellent stores in the three-sided hotbed of fashion and design around Old Street and the High Street are buddying up for a series of late-night openings, offering discounts and workshops on top of the obligatory mulled wine and mince pies. The Goodhood Store, House of Hackney, SCP and Ally Capellino are all on board. Old St. Dec 18, 6pm-9pm.
Shoreditch Xmas Boutique
If the thought of more gingerbread homes and faux-snow-sprayed wreaths is bringing out your darker side, try this style-focused fair as an antidote to market fatigue. With rails of clothes by independent designers, you’re bound to tick a couple of tricky customers off your gift list, and pick up something for yourself, too. At the very least you can get your nails done and avail yourself of the bar. The Gallery @ Forge & Co, 154 Shoreditch High St, E1 6HD. Shoreditch High St Overground. Sat Dec 13 and Sun Dec 14, noon-7pm.