Retailer provides shop window for local artists and makers

Curated Makers at Liverpool One

Retail giant John Lewis & Partners is providing a trading platform for a host of small businesses in the North West.

Curated Makers and the stores group have collaborated to host a six-week pop-up in the Liverpool One branch, featuring the works of more than 25 independent artists and makers from across the North of England.

Situated on the ground floor, this unique pop-up concession exhibits a carefully curated selection of locally made, unique handcrafted goods including local artwork, jewellery, candles, homewares, pet accessories and more.

It is billed as a highly-curated artisan market, situated within a shop environment, open seven days a week, offering the convenience of shopping small and local, within an established department store.

Curated Makers was launched in 2017 by Megan Jones who started the concept on a market-stall herself, representing four makers at a time. Now, the venture hosts pop-ups with more than 25 makers at once.

Curated Makers aims to provide small, local, independent makers a platform to showcase their products within prime retail spaces and to create opportunities never known before, for the maker, the retailer, and the customer.

Megan Jones, said: “We are delighted to return to Liverpool and to showcase the talent of our local artists.

“The makers involved and I are thrilled to be here for six-weeks.

“The opportunity to have short-term access to pop-up within John Lewis & Partners, Liverpool One, was an aspiration when I launched the brand back in 2017. To now be able to offer this opportunity to over 25 local businesses, is a real privilege.”

Lora Johnson, partner and events and marketing coordinator at John Lewis & Partners Liverpool, said: “We are really pleased to host the ‘Made Local’ pop up from Curated Makers.

“We know that Liverpool is a creative and innovative city, and our customers are already engaging with the amazing, local products on offer. It’s an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Megan to support local makers, and offer something new and exciting for our customers.”

The Curated Makers Made Local Pop-Up runs until Sunday, October 18.