Winchester is about to go rare!

The Rare Brand Market was founded in 2008, with a view to bridge the vast gap between a London style shopping event and a regional charity fair. Pop-up Markets to date have been mainly on The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, but are now expanding to Winchester, and next year London.

The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands, brands that are likely to have been created in the last 1 to 3 years. Over one hundred brands will occupy The Guildhall, of which approximately one third are based within an hour of Winchester and the remainder from London or national. These are brands you won’t find on the high street and are created by businesses that have great back stories. Winchester shoppers will have the ability to source unique products at a time when an alarming number of independent shops seem to be disappearing from our increasingly homogenized high street.

So, if you want to find unique products and meet the founders behind them then come to our markets...they are always in fabulous venues, never outside or in a marquee. Shopping has become soulless, The Rare Brand Market puts the theatre back into shopping, we make it pleasurable and wholesome again.

Stylish shopping is guaranteed – leaving empty handed is not !!

Founder Emma Schwarz, who’s lived on the South coast all her life, has been a retailer since her teens, working for Big giants like Marks and Spencer PLC, medium brands like Sofa Workshop and luxury product start ups. More recently she found herself consulting with the Limewood Hotel Group, in the New Forest. She helped to create their exclusive retail range. She is also a huge foodie and has judged with The Guild of Fine Food / Great Taste Awards and has written a Cookbook and published a Food Magazine.

The Guildhall in Winchester has been chosen for its central location and beautiful interior, with the market occupying the whole of the ground floor. Our different offering will compliment Winchester’s celebrated Christmas Market and high street markets. With The Rare Brand Market’s distinctive shopping experience and curation of brands, we really are a pop-up Lifestyle Shopping dream come true!