Lower Stable Street, a new street for pop-ups, live events and experiential stores from a creative collective of established and up-and-coming brands, is set to open at Coal Drops Yard on 26 October 2018.
Curated by independent magazine, KIOSK N1C, Lower Stable Street is a sunken street between Stable Street and the main Coal Drops Yard, the home of 11 smaller spaces set to host brand workshops, one-off events and immersive shopping experiences that celebrate fashion, beauty, music, culture and the arts. Stores and restaurants on the market-style street will be on a mix of long and flexible leases; encouraging brands to experiment with innovative in-store activations and allow the street to reinvent itself multiple times each year. Brands will also be encouraged to collaborate together, as well as with stores in Coal Drops Yard and with King’s Cross institutions such as Central Saint Martins.
Rita’s duo Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce will launch Bodega Rita’s, a deli and neighbourhood sandwich shop. Inspired by the ubiquitous corner stores found across the US, from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, Bodega Rita’s is a retail outlet designed to showcase a distilled selection of the North American comfort foods and additional global references that have come to define the Rita’s way. The space has also been designed for workshops, meetings and small private events and signifies continued growth for the Rita’s team who are now in their 6th year of tenure as one of London’s most exciting, dynamic, independent casual dining collectives.
Entrepreneur and beauty industry powerhouse Sharmadean Reid MBE will also move in with her ground-breaking app Beautystack, a new beauty network and booking app dedicated to connecting clients with beauty professionals via a visual network. The WAH Nails founder’s tech-beauty venture will set up home for three months, offering workshops from new generation beauty professionals and a rotating schedule of in-store treatments from the likes of Bam Brows, Keash Braids, Slash Beauty and Pavan Henna. Alongside the services, there will be a Feel Unique Edit of beauty products available for purchase, as well as on-site workshops, how-to sessions and industry events.
STORE projects will open within the main Coal Drops Yard on 26th October, before moving to a space on Lower Stable Street in December. STORE brings together artists, architects, and designers for the greater good of the community. Offering creative opportunities to local state school pupils through a series of regular after school clubs STORE will present a unique chance for young people to see their ideas go from imagination to reality; from initial conception through to design, prototype, manufacture and finally retail. On weekends STORE’s workshops will spill out into the open space of the yard itself, offering an opportunity for interaction between students, passers-by and tenants.
Permanent Lower Stable Street residents Redemption Roasters will be serving up their speciality roasts to visitors and passers-by. The coffee connoisseurs work to break the cycle of re-offending and incarceration by teaching young offenders roasting, brewing and barista skills at their roaster and training centre inside Aylesbury Prison.
KIOSK N1C, the independent lifestyle brand and magazine, launches a flexible event space and its first bricks and mortar store, with hard-to-find pieces from a collection of select fashion and lifestyle brands. The KIOSK space will host events for other retailers on the street as well as with carefully chosen external partners. Opening with an exhibition of the best images from Kiosk Magazine, expect works from Leonn Ward, Alex de Mora, Samuel Bradley and Nina Manandhar.
Elsewhere Ladbroke Grove’s resident independent record store Honest Jon’s will sell limited edition vinyl and host a series of in-store gigs, while next door the House of Cans debuts with an exclusive selection of craft beers including a one-off designed Coal Drops Yard can and a series of cans designed by Nike Headquarter’s muralist Chris Martin.
The North end of the street will also be home to a number of stores including the design lifestyle store iyouall, who alongside their unique range of stationery, gifts and homeware will be launching their collaboration with a London based candlemaker and hosting candle making workshops throughout the Christmas period. The rotating pop-ups will also see former Wallpaper design editor Laura Houseley’s biannual publication Modern Design Review create MDR Gallery; a contemporary design gallery which sells, commissions and promotes the work of emerging designers and design studios, and British designer Ally Capellino take a space to showcase their latest bags and accessories.
Frederique Jungman, Senior Project Manager at Argent, said: “Our vision for Lower Stable Street was to provide an incubator space for innovative and emerging businesses, offering them the unparalleled opportunity to retail alongside some of the UK’s most visionary brands and its leading fashion and design university – Central Saint Martins, whilst benefitting from an affordable and low-risk structure. The street includes a mix of 2-3 year tenancies to anchor the street and enhance the feeling of community, and shorter residencies, which will change every few months to foster experimentation and encourage the unexpected. I am excited to see it continue to evolve over time, and hopefully also provide an exemplar model for how London Estates can support retail incubation.”
Lower Stable Street is an experiment in retail and culture, bringing together diverse talents to create something that we hope will appeal to a wide range of people.
A first of its kind destination in London, with its innovative shopping experience, canal-side location in the heart of King’s Cross and state-of-the-art architecture, Lower Stable Street and Coal Drops Yard is set to become a magnet for shoppers and visitors from across London, the UK and further afield.