April 09 2011
It’s “global eclecticism”. So says Melissa Biggs Bradley, founder of Indagare Souk, of her online store’s colourful edit of homewares, clothing and accessories sourced from Cambodia to Colombia. But this month – on April 12 and 13 only – Indagare Souk will be materialising at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills for one of its fleeting pop-up shopping events.
Biggs Bradley has pulled together a host of sellers – some of whom feature in the online store, others who are exclusive to the pop-up events. Featured labels include Artemis Wragge, the newly launched Mongolia cashmere line (hand-printed scarves, pictured, from $500). “Its Excelsior scarf ($1,175) is made of yarn so fine that 250m of thread weighs only 1g and 1lb could be stretched over 71 miles,” says Biggs Bradley. There will also be hand-knitted dresses from Bebe Ravi (from $70) – all pieces are made by Masai women in Kenya and all profits support a local orphanage and school – along with art historian-turned-designer Maggie Galton’s Mexico-made wares, including some rebozo thread napkin rings ($18 for six) and beautifully embroidered Tenango bed covers (from $600).
The overarching theme of labels picked up by the Indagare Souk is a commitment to giving back, either monetarily or by building sustainable businesses to preserve artisan crafts, but Biggs Bradley further edits the products at her pop-up selling events to cater to the city’s market. Eric Raisina’s silk scarves (from $145), for example, have a cult following in LA “among the people who discovered his work when they were visiting Siem Reap and found his atelier there”, she explains. And so at the Peninsula you will find Eric Raisina scarves a-plenty.
After LA, the next pop-up will be at New York’s Taj Pierre Hotel on May 2, 3 and 4.