Posted: 11:47 am Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Global fashion pop-up shop opens Thursday on Clematis Street 

By Emily Roach

Designed by Modahnik from the Democratic Republic of Congo (contributed photo)

Pop-up fashion stops are the rage in New York City, and Clematis Street will be seeing its version again starting Thursday.

Shoppers who hit the grand opening beginning at 6 p.m. get a gift with their purchase.

The Downtown West Palm Beach Pop-Up Boutique at 218 Clematis St., returns through April 8 with emerging global designers.

The list includes “Amabile from Canada, Castro-Rojas from Puerto Rico, Estela Balan from Mexico, Glocal Connection from Guatemala, Krysia Renau from Poland, Maleku Jewelry from Costa Rica, Modahnik from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jess Rizzuti from New York, Lara Miller from Chicago, Collarbone from Utah and Union Angels from right here in Downtown West Palm Beach,” a news release from the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority announced.

The designers are from Farasha Boutique and the Nolcha Fashion Week New York 2012 with dresses in tribal-chic, eco-friendly shoes, rainforest-inspired jewelry and convertible clothing.

“The pop-up shop was such a hit with locals and visitors last summer that we couldn’t wait to bring it back even earlier this year,” DDA Associate Director Teneka James said.

Still planned for the location is the winning shop in the DDA’s Great Shop Showdown, a contest held by the Downtown Development Authority to grant the top retail concept a year’s free rent on Clematis Street with a five-year lease. It started last July.

The announcement of a winner has been significantly delayed, but James said recently that the news will be out soon.

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