Need a last day of class pick me up? How about some new pieces of fashion in your closet for the holidays and winter break? Visit the legendary Popcycle pop up featuring the best curated Syracuse University start-up brands and exclusive clothing by student designers. The fashion collective will pop up Friday, December 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the LaunchPad, first floor of Bird Library. Stop by to see unique, one-of-a-kind fashions by student designers that can’t be found anywhere else. It is a chance to get a first look at emerging designers before they become household names.
The end of the semester event is more than a traditional pop-up, It’s “retail therapy” featuring young, fun fashions that pop.
Jackson Ensley ’22, a Whitman and LaunchPad alum, started the venture because he saw so many young creatives on campus producing incredible quality products, but having a hard time getting discovered. “We give young and hungry brands the chance to experience the retail world in a way that they can’t with a big retail store as a startup,” he says. “This creates a venue for them to pop out clothing brands in a scalable way. There are so many young designers on campuses across the country, and our goal is to help them get discovered.”
Ensley was an active member of the LaunchPad, curating many successful pop ups across campus as a student as he also created several other businesses ventures as a student. He was also a Rubin Family Innovation Mentor at the LaunchPad.
Joining him in creating this semester’s pop up experience is Aidan Turner ’24, an architecture major who is founder of the clothing line Grater Things. Turner also recently curated a highly successful pop up of his own brand at the LaunchPad, and is now spearheading this event for Popcycle. He is a creative who blends elements of architecture in his trendy brand which he worked with Ensley to help develop. Now he is working with Ensley to continue the Popcycle legacy.
Also working with them is Rob Goldblatt ’23, founder of SOS! with a mission to create a stylish street wear clothing line made from sustainably sourced materials, as well as upcylced fashions that fuse personality, culture and inclusive representation. Goldblatt is also a west coast hip hop artist and skateboarder, with a pulse on fashion forward trends, and he is an expert in guerilla marketing. He is an incoming Rubin Family Innovation Mentor this coming spring at the LaunchPad.
Stop by the LaunchPad Friday, December 9 and celebrate the last day of classes with style.