Strengths of the Loquat Pop-Up Shop at MECA

Until the end of August, part of the Congress Street storefront of Maine College of Art is currently housing a store.

Loquat is a Portland-based clothing and accessories brand founded by MECA graduates Jordan Carey and Madison Poitrast-Upton. Together with their partner and fellow artist Jackiellen Bonney, they created a physical manifestation of the brand’s mission: “Empower marginalized people and causes through fashion and design”. The fabulous space blends culture, creativity and real production – designers work on their sewing machines when there is a rare lull among customers.

Clothing and accessories by Loquat

Hang on one of Loquat’s iconic brightly colored duffel bags or shoulder straps in oilcloth or pineapple leather. A summer clothing line features three patterns on naturally dyed fabric: blue sea glass, medlar yellow dots and gombey, Bermudan masqueraders, in red / taupe. Much of Loquat’s new lineup is priced on a sliding scale to increase affordability. loquatshop.com

BOZK hand tools

“If you are not average [BLANK]’BOZK is for you,’ blacksmith Matanah Betko said on their Instagram. Betko renovates old tools, carving new handles for old ax heads and powdering scissor handles and hammer heads in pastel shades. This is the first time that the products are on sale. Instagram: @queershopqueen

Paintings, prints and drawings by Freedom Through Art Collective

FTA Collective is a group of 26 incarcerated artists who make drawings, paintings and sculptures in prison. Their shows and sales are facilitated by art students at UMass Boston, creating spaces to discuss “individuality, art, and the criminal punishment system.” ftacollective.com

Punchneedle rug by E. Julien Coyne

These pretty little decorative rugs are sure to brighten up your living space, as wall hangings or as accents for small corners. Choose from cake slices, boba tea, fruit, rainbows, unicorns and more. Instagram: @ejuliencoyne

The Loquat Pop-Up Shop is open daily until the end of August from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 522 Congress St.

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