In celebration of migrant-owned businesses, the Migration Museum in Lewisham is launching a new concept store dedicated entirely to selling products from migrant makers. We are in the middle of one of the largest refugee crises in decades and, at the same time, seeing high street closures continue to rise. That’s why the Migrant Makers Market has arrived at such a pertinent time, showing London the vibrancy and creativity that’s brought to retail when borders stay open.
For the first time, shoppers will be able to discover a world of makers, brands and businesses that would otherwise go underrepresented on the high street. You can expect to see jewellery brand Iṣura, which celebrates the beauty of the African diaspora; Yi Crafts, which blends traditional Chinese costuming with Western techniques to make clothing; award-winning Guyanese hot sauce makers Pat & Pinky’s; and Goodordering, specialists in retro-style cycling accessories.
There’ll also be the opportunity to learn the stories of the entrepreneurs behind the brands as the market will appear alongside the museum’s latest exhibition, Taking Care of Business – a look into the history of migrant businesses in the UK and how they’ve shaped life in Britain today. Plus visitors can participate in the programme of interactive workshops, including zine-making, embroidery and coffee tasting.
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Opens Mon 9th April 2022
Migration Museum, Lewisham Shopping Centre, London SE13 7HB