Written by Elisha, Nisa’s founder
We have our very first pop-up coming soon to the Wellington CBD, and the Nisa team couldn’t be more excited. We wanted to give you some insights into how we made it all happen, and what’s in store next.
We love having direct relationships with our supporters, but one negative about operating in the online space is that we never get to meet people face to face. I’ve received such amazing support and encouragement from the community, it seemed like the right time to set up at a physical location to show Wellington what we’re made of, and have the chance to meet people who have been following our journey from the very beginning.
I worked out about a month ago that World Refugee Day was on June 20, and it seemed like a great time to do a pop up. However, that only left a month to organise a whole shop! Luckily one of our biggest fans (who is also a commercial real estate agent, George Janus) came to the rescue and connected us with a very generous property owner with an awesome space right smack bang in the middle of town: on the intersection between Willis and Manners. Without the two of them none of it would have been possible!
I cobbled together a team of volunteers to help man the shop, and then got to work with our production manager to get as much underwear through production as possible. The Nisa team cranked into gear to pull it off, and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to showcase two new bralette designs at the pop up.
The Wellington business community has been so supportive. Special mention goes to Home Fusion, a home staging service who are supplying beautiful furniture for our pop-up (hopefully including a couch, so people can come and chat in the most comfortable of settings), and Phantom Billstickers, who have sponsored our posters that you will be seeing around the streets of Wellington. AWOP Ltd have very kindly lent us an eftpos machine too! I couldn’t forget to mention my boyfriend, who has painstakingly built the shelving fit-out.
It would be awesome if everyone could tell their friends and family about the pop up, and check out our facebook event to spread the word online. We’ve put in lots of effort and we can’t wait to see you all there!
Another thing to note is that on the first evening of the pop-up, I will be heading over to the World Refugee Day Celebration at the NZ Portrait Gallery on the waterfront. The event is free to everyone, and there will be nibbles and snacks provided, as well as awesome photography and live music. See you there!
When: 20-24 June
Where: Duke’s Arcade, cnr Willis and Manners
Why: To celebrate World Refugee Day (and so we can chat with you!)