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As the Queen of England packs up her favorite hats and brooches in preparation for meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, quirky design store Kikkerland is making plans of its own to commemorate the royal occasion.
On Thursday April 3rd, the Kikkerland Shop will be transformed into a royal party so NY residents and visitors can be a part of the momentous occasion. There will be a Queen Elizabeth impersonator in store, and along with a box of props including a pope’s hat and a queens crown, New York based photographer Jennifer Calais Smith will be on hand to take photographs of customers with the Queen. Customers will then have access to a shared Dropbox where they can download their photograph free of charge.
Popular British treat tea and scones will be provided by Greenwich Village’s own Tea and Sympathy, and there will be a raffle for one lucky customer to win a dinner for two at Tea and Sympathy. Customers can also enjoy joy rides around the block of the Kikkerland Shop in a traditional hackney carriage, a polished black London Taxi.
The store window for the event will be installed on March 15th and feature Kikkerland products created in collaboration with Brooklyn designer Christopher Collicott. Hailing from England, Collicott has designed a Solar Pope and Solar Queen (pictured above, RRP$25 each). Each iconic figure waves blessings (or greetings) from your bookshelf, window, or dashboard. On April 3rd, Collicott will visit the Kikkerland Shop and sign his designs for customers.
The celebrations are being curated by Kevin Brynan, the manager of the Kikkerland Shop and former owner of Mxyplyzyk, a home-décor and specialty gift store that closed last year after 22 years of supplying the West Village with quirky objects. Brynan says, “I feel engrained in Greenwich Village and look forward to providing residents and visitors with accessible design and gifts under a different roof.”
The shop at 493 Sixth Avenue (between West 12th and 13th Streets) in Greenwich Village (phone 212-262-5000) will be open Thursday April 3rd from 10am-8pm.