The University of the Arts London (UAL) is to launch a pioneering new retail space this autumn, selling design-led products and artwork from its abundance of talented alumni. not just a shop will stock a diverse range of home, fashion and giftware – from cards, stationery, bags and jewellery, through to limited edition prints and one-off artworks – all created by those who studied at UAL’s six leading art colleges.
A unique and welcome addition to London’s busy High Holborn, the store will sell products by a wealth of established and up-and-coming design talent, with a focus on sustainability, British manufacturing and traditional manufacturing techniques.
What can we expect from its launch collection? Designs by By Alex, Chatty Feet, Crispin Finn, Design K, Emily Nash, Emma Alignton, Fawn & Thistle, Finchittida, House of Cally, Jacqueline Colley, Kangan Arora, Materia Rica, Maya Magal, Miriam Bridson, Miyu Kurihara, Mystic Forms, Nose To Tail, Purpose & Worth, Ralli, Reiko Kaneko, Robbie Porter, Rolfe and Wills, Squid, STORY, Tatty Devine, Terracotta Row, The City Works, The London Refinery, Walk with Me, Wrap and Yuta Segawa.
Natalie Stevens, who curated the collection, said: "I selected these artists and designers based on the strength of their creativity, craftsmanship and distinctive style. Together, their products have provided us with a unique and diverse launch collection for not just a shop. UAL has previously supported many of them through its enterprise programme of exhibitions, trade shows and pop-up shops, so it’s particularly rewarding to have them represent UAL in its first permanent public retail space."
not just a shop launches on Thursday 28 September at 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY and will be open from Monday to Friday (11am-3pm). Sign up to their mailing list at arts.ac.uk/notjustashop to be kept informed about special shopping events.