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Get groomed, drink whisky and see a gig for FREE at these awesome in-store events

Miriam Bouteba

Got a few bob to burn? Here are three ace shopping events this week.

There’s a free gig (plus ping pong) in Paper Mache Tiger

On account of it being bloody lovely, Islington’s Paper Mache Tiger is one of our favourite shops, and this Thursday, it’s getting even better. To celebrate the fact that Lola James Harper – you know, the French lifestyle brand that makes candles that have the power to revive even the dankest of flats – is popping up in its lovely concept store-cum-dreamy leafy space, there’ll be a bit of a bash happening this Thursday. Beer will come courtesy of local brewers Hammerton Brewery while Lola James Harper is flying singers Ulona Hooman and Karima Adams over from South Africa and Canada to provide the entertainment. The brand’s fragrances and candles are available to buy, alongside founder Rami Mekdachi’s travel pics, plus with the in-store ping pong table you don’t even need to feel guilty about cancelling a gym class to go to the party instead.

The launch party is at Paper Mache Tiger, 26 Cross St, N1 2BG. Thu Apr 27, 6-9pm. Essex Road rail. 

The Lola James Harper pop up will run from Apr 26-May 15 in Paper Mache Tiger.

Reiss is going to try to make you into a gentleman

Its sharp suits and contemporary casual wear have been smartening up the wardrobes of London’s menfolk for some time now, but for one night only its remit is expanding. After work on Thursday, it’s hosting a bash in its Mayfair store – and you’re invited. Roping in some of its most gentlemanly of friends to help, you can spend your evening getting groomed by ruffians, learning about cigars from JJ Fox and indulging in a spot of whisky tasting with The Dalmore distillery. Plus you can get schooled in the art of tailoring, of course. Register to attend here.

Reiss, 10-11 Vigo St, W1S 3EJ. Thu Apr 27, 5-8pm. Tube: Bond St. 

Fashion Revolution Late Night Shopping

Because it’s Fashion Revolution Week – which calls for greater transparency in the fashion industry – the Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development charity, or TRAID, is throwing a bash in its Dalston charity shop. Marking the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, every single penny from sales made between 6:30pm and 9:00pm tomorrow will be donated to a project which offers support to the children of the garment workers. What better reason to rummage through the rails of vintage designer and hand-selected secondhand clothing? In addition, the shop will show you how to protect your clothes from the fabric-munching-monster-moths that blight our wardrobes using herbs and spices in the Protect Your Clothes Workshop – book your place here. Plus, there’ll be an in-store DJ, so you can bop around the shop while feeling a bit smug about shopping for the greater good.

Traid Dalston, 106-108 Kingsland High St, E8 2NS. Thu Apr 27, 6:30-9pm. Hoxton Overground. 

Looking for more bargains? Check out some of London’s sample sales.

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