Historically, luxury fashion houses take up permanent residency on the world’s most prestigious streets and avenues, their glitzy stores beaming like magnetic beacons of light, alluring discerning consumers inside. But much like many aspects of today’s post-pandemic society, brands are thinking outside of the four-walled box when it comes to marketing, profiting and interacting with customers. Enter the era of the pop-up boutique…

Pop-ups and other ephemeral spaces are fast becoming an integral part of the DNA of luxury, with innovative concepts, exclusive product launches, extended visibility and customer testing all part of the masterplan. It’s a retail concept that allows brands to have non-committal exposure in new locations, but also creates a sense of exclusivity and somewhat of an ‘urgency’ for consumers to shop. Not to mention the social media buzz that pop-up experiences create. It’s win-win all round.

Over the past few years, many established luxury brands have experimented with pop-ups—Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Fendi all showcasing temporary spaces in the Middle East and across the globe—to roaring success. Chanel and Dior are also about to set hearts on fire once again, with pop-ups in far-flung destinations this summer. There is always something so tempting about knowing that a boutique is only temporary. Couple that with an illustrious location and an exciting concept, pop-ups are bringing magic back to the retail experience in a big way.


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Over the summer, the house of Dior will stage a series of sand-crafted Dioriviera pop-ups in numerous locations including Capri, Saint-Tropez, Beverly Hills, Bali, Mykonos, Seoul, Kyoto and Phuket. Showcasing the brands’ renowned Dioriviera capsule collection—a collection that is continuously reinvented at the hands of Maria Grazia Chiuri—this season, the creative director pays homage to Monsieur Christian Dior’s love affair with the colours of the illustrious French destination.

Preserving the spirit of the founder’s passions, the latest Dioriviera collection plays with the house’s codes via the reinvention of the Toile de Jouy in a palette of soft shades, evoking the splendours of Provence. Named Toile de Jouy Sauvage, this new iteration is used on iconic bags such as the Lady D-Lite and the Dior Book Tote, as well as on the lining of the new Lady Dior Wicker. The sweet colourway will also be deployed on scarves and mitzahs, as well as on the Dior Silk Top.


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Reopening the doors of its pop-up at Spanish beachfront hotel, Marbella Club, Chanel’s must-visit summer boutique will house several interchangeable collections including S/S 23, Ready-to-Wear, Chanel Coco Beach 2023, Métiers d’art 22-23, A/W 23-24 pre-collection, and finally, A/W23-24 to close the pop-up’s season. Visitors will also be able to discover an exclusive selection of watches and fine jewellery including the iconic J12 and Boy.Friend timepieces. Les Exclusifs fragrances will be showcased too, as well as the fresh collection, Les Eaux De Chanel.

Furnished to replicate a modern Andalusian villa, the interior design mimics the brand’s timeless essence through carefully curated accents such as woven rugs and meridian sofas in Chanel’s famed colourways.