Liverpool clothing business Lost Soles is to open a month-long pop-up at Royal Albert Dock as landlord Aberdeen Standard continues to use short-term deals to drive visitor numbers.
As of this Saturday, Lost Soles, which having expanded from trainer sales into clothing has built up a widespread following driven by social media, will be offering T-shirts and other items from its current men’s and kidswear collections, with a range of in-store exclusive designs and re-releases of sold-out favourites.
The pop-up is the latest short lease signed by Aberdeen Standard. Chirs Wright, portfolio manager, said: “Our ambition for the Dock is that people will see and experience new things each time they visit, both tourists and locals alike.
“Lost Soles is not only unique to the city but has a national and international profile. Their pop-up will bring an exciting vibrancy to the Dock and a brand new group of visitors who may not necessarily have visited, and we look forward to welcoming them.”
The brand’s owner John Sutton said: “The last few months have been the most exciting for Lost Soles and following the launch of our website earlier in the year we’ve been inundated by stores wanting to stock us.
“I’ve always been mindful that the fit has to be exactly right for us, so when Royal Albert Dock proposed a collaboration I knew that the time was right, and it’s amazing to be opening in such a famous location.”
Since long-term owner Arrowcroft sold the Albert Dock in early 2016, various projects have come forward to revitalise what had been the driving force in Liverpool’s post-1980s regeneration story.
Gower Street Estates, which owns the freehold on the estate, has this year applied for planning permission to build a glass Welxome Pavilion on Salthouse Quay, the first part of an upgrade masterplan, while in March Castleforge Partners announced a refurbishment of the Edward Pavilion office accommodation, bringing 70,000 sq ft of revamped space to a local market desperately short of supply.
The estate, the largest complex of grade one-listed buildings in the country, gained royal status in June.