The Cronx Boutique is a collective of three local brands, all passionate about Croydon. The Croydon Photographer, East Croydon Cool and Johnny Howl Club all create community-inspired artwork and merchandise to enhance local pride.
After collaborating at several Made in Croydon markets at Boxpark, in December 2019 we joined forces again to set up the Cronx Boutique; our very own pop-up store on Caithness Walk (part of the Ruskin Square development). The unique space welcomed thousands of visitors, secured coverage across a range of press titles, raised money for a local charity and hosted a series of small events.
After scrapping 2020 plans due to you know what, the 2021 Cronx Boutique will be open for two months, and will include a strong focus on supporting other local creatives. Recognising the impact lockdown has had on fellow artists, the Cronx Boutique will run a number of initiatives to help spotlight local talent.
Alongside products from the Croydon Photographer, East Croydon Cool and Johnny Howl Club, each weekend will feature a different Croydon creative, who will be able to sell their wares directly to customers without the high costs a normal retail space would entail. These Weekend Sellers include: Three Piece Sweet (vintage clothing and vinyl), Ray Ray‘s Flowers (floral bouquets), So & So Studio (slow-made vintage vibe jewellery), Mr Tinto (Colombian coffee), S.V.M (handmade dresses and accessories) and House of Lilah (art inspired candles and teas).
During the week, the Cronx Boutique will also provide the Pick-Up Point for several local bakers (including Laborjee, Chatsworth Bakehouse and Dear Friend Bakery), who will be able to use the space to meet customers in a central location and hand over their baked treats.
Music played in the Cronx Boutique will be courtesy of Croydon FM – the local community radio station that received FM Status in September 2021.
With interior design direction once again provided by Croydon based Creative Consultant, Laura Sawyer, the Cronx Boutique will not be your typical Christmas pop-up. The chic black exterior will be juxtaposed by organic materials including wood, stone, plants and dried flowers to create an environment now coined as “Dark Urban Sparkle” 😉
In summary, the Cronx Boutique will be the perfect place to buy Christmas gifts for colleagues, clients, friends and family whilst showing support for local creatives. Items will be priced from £3 and will include art prints, candles, mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, magnets, notebooks, cards, coasters and more!
For more info about the 2021 Cronx Boutique, including dates, times and photos see this BLOG POST.
For more info and images of the 2019 Cronx Boutique, CLICK HERE