Sustainable-Fashion Pop-Up Shop Coming to Hunter College [Updated]


Brooklyn-based Querencia Studio, a creative studio focused on sustainable innovation, is opening a pop-up store, The Canvas, this Monday on the Upper East Side, the Commercial Observer has learned.

The store, at Hunter College’s 904 Lexington Avenue at the corner of East 67th Street, will be a multipurpose space dedicated to sustainable fashion, according to information provided by Hunter. In addition to selling sustainably sourced and produced clothing, the space will host events and workshops, and provide room for young and aspiring designers to create and promote their own garments. The studio operates according to the values laid out in the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, according to Querencia’s website. 

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“The Canvas will be a community space for learning and experimentation in art and design with a focus on the future. There is no better place for The Canvas than Hunter College and we are honored to be there,” a Querencia representative said via direct message on social media.

The Canvas spans 3,800 square feet—1,800 square feet at grade and 2,000 square feet on the second level—and has no end date in place, as per a Hunter spokeswoman.

The hope is that the “pop-up store and future pop-ups [will] be businesses that appeal not only to the university community but also to neighbors, commuters and tourists,” the spokeswoman indicated.

The pop-up space formerly housed the college’s bookstore and will eventually hit the market for long-term lease. For students looking for school books and Hunter-branded materials, the neighboring bookstore Shakespeare & Co. has already been selling those items.

“It’s a unique, short-term licensing deal…that is designed to showcase the space’s potential and attract a future tenant,” the Hunter spokeswoman explained via email.

Update: This story has been updated to include comment from Querencia Studio, and to note the correct address of The Canvas.