When Frank Ocean fan Cornelius Wells heard news of a surprise, promotional pop-up shop opened by the R&B singer on Saturday afternoon, Wells was in the midst of driving to the Inland Empire to drop off a friend. Wells saw that Ocean, who hadn't released a new record since the Grammy-winning album "Channel Orange" in 2012, had posted on his website an address in West Hollywood, along with others in London, Chicago and New York. Could it mean that the enigmatic artist was at long last releasing a much anticipated new album? "We made a U-turn immediately," said Wells, standing outside that address near the intersection of Fairfax and Melrose avenues, which normally houses the Centerfold International Newsstand. His friend, Nicholas Lores, was supposed to be at a family function but peer pressure won out.
Straight in from Yeezy Season 4 -- and delayed due to the Roosevelt Island extravaganza -- Kendall and Kylie Jenner strutted into Samsung 837 in the Meatpacking District on Wednesday night to celebrate their new Kendall Kylie Collection and first pop-up shop. In tow, of course, was their posse of friends, and a new shade of hair for miss Kylie. The Samsung 837 space turned into an interactive tech hub for the see-now-buy-now fall collection. The Jenner girls are no doubt at the center of all things social media, and the event came kitted out fittingly: the evening included a themed Snapchat filter, a Samsung 360 photo booth and a showcased room filled with every Instagram produced by the sisters -- an exhaustive array of selfies if there ever was one. As guests piled in, they were encouraged to personalize their purchases by airbrusher Malcolm Stuart and monogram artist Logan Real.
You'd hope Kanye West's 21 pop-up stores would be spreading only love and joy across the world over the weekend, with shoppers lining up to get that sweet The Life of Pablo merch. But there was no love, joy or happiness for stationery shop owner Charlotte Knightley of Melbourne, Australia, who took to a Yeezy fan page on Facebook (since he doesn't have an official one) to voice her displeasure. Knightley claimed having hundreds of Kanye fans line up outside her store for t-shirts "that say Yeezus," intimidated her "little old lady customers," and thus she lost some business. "Now from one retailer to another our customer bases are quite different so when your customer [sic] swear at my little old lady customers who are just trying to come in to buy an album to protect their war-time treasures, it's a bit of a problem," Knightley wrote. Now she wants A 6,000 (US 4,554), although acknowledged that West is in a bit of debt.
Kylie Jenner is the latest celebrity to jump on the pop-up bandwagon. The reality TV star and beauty maven personally designed the temporary space -- parts of it will supposedly look like her bedroom -- at the Westfield Topanga shopping center in Canoga Park. Until now, Kylie Cosmetics' line of beauty products was only sold online. According to a media release, the pop-up store will open for business Dec. 9 and stay open for as long as there are products left to sell. Judging from previous records, that might not be very long.
Get a jump on holiday shopping at one of the many independent markets that kick off this weekend. Have a holiday pop-up to contribute? Share it in the comments below and we may include it in the future. Oct. 22-23: The Artisanal L.A. fall show will include more than 150 artists and chefs who will share local, sustainable and handmade edibles, home goods and apothecary items. There will be DIY workshops on leather crafting, cheesemaking and fall wreath making, as well as kids' crafts with the Barnsdall Arts Center.