Amnesty Shop Launch Event At Boxpark
On Thursday evening I headed over to Shoreditch for the launch event of the first ever Amnesty International shopping emporium at the Boxpark shipping-container-department-store on Bethnal Green Road – located next to Shoreditch High Street station. A department store which features shops, which are shipping containers may seem like a strange concept, but hey it seems to work!
Amnesty’s new concept story stock’s ethically sourced gifts, clothing and designer homewares. All profits from the store will go directly to Amnesty Internationals Human Rights work, and best of all the shop is full of fantastic looking selection of unqiue products – I was impressed with what I saw and that is coming from a guy who is truly an anti-shopper!
The Amnesty Boxpark shop will be working in collaboration with local designers, artists and London College of Fashion who will be providing limited edition ranges – I like to see organisations getting involved with local talent, that is the future! The store will also be hosting a range of events and workshops which you can keep up to date with at Amnesty Boxpark | Facebook.
During the launch evening the talented British contemporary painter Stuart Semple was hosting a live-letter-art writing event in aid of the Amnesty ‘Write for Rights’ campaign. This campaign will have thousands of people all over Britain writing hand written letters on behalf of 10 Amnesty cases. One such case is for Woman’s Rights in Zimbabwe which you can find out more about at Women of Zimbabwe Arise – Zimbabwe.
Like all good launch events there was plenty of the fizzy stuff, cakes, and a speech that didn’t last long, which is can only be a good thing. During the evening whilst sheltering under a huge pink umbrella a lady from another outlet based there called Pie Minster appeared handing out samples of what were the best Sausage Rolls I have ever tasted – I WILL BE BACK!
The Boxpark Amnesty International shop which can be found on the upper level is worth checking out and remember not only do they stock a unique range of products, but the profits raised goes towards helping a lot of worthy causes. For further details visit BOXPARK SHOREDITCH.