Northumberland entrepreneur brings UK’s largest sustainable fashion market to Newcastle

The UK’s largest sustainable fashion market, which was created by a student from Northumberland, is heading to Newcastle for the first time.

Poppy Collingwood-Cameron, who is originally from Alnwick, created Clothes Cycle pop-up market while studying History at University of Bristol in 2022. The idea came during lockdown by combining her love of vintage clothes and shopping, while also recognising that shopping habits were changing.

After selling her clothes online since the age of 13 via Depop, which allows people to buy and sell secondhand clothes, in November 2022 Poppy decided to trial a pop-up sustainable fashion market at a church in Bristol with 20 sellers.

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  • The 21-year-old said: “I always loved Depop and used to sell so much on there, especially during lockdown. But I always wished that there was a place that you could go and it would be like a shopping mall used to be, with lots of shops but for sustainability, secondhand clothing and thrifting.

    “I thought it would be good to have somewhere where you could try everything on and you wouldn’t have to wait for it to arrive. I also wanted to make a fun day out of it so people could come for the full day.”

    By March 2023 she was hosting large-scale events in London and Manchester, which would often be attended by over 100 sellers. It’s a concept Poppy is now touring the UK with, hosting pop-up markets in additional cities including, Leeds, Edinburgh and

    Now Clothes Cycle will continue its northern tour with a visit to Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle later this month, bringing the pop-up market’s huge array of unique garments and accessories that are not just trendy but environmentally responsible.

    Poppy said: “I’ve always wanted to bring a market to Newcastle. Starting in Manchester and Bristol, those areas are known for artistic communities and there’s other fashion pop-ups going on in these cities. But when I looked at Edinburgh and Newcastle there isn’t anything similar going on in these cities so I really wanted to bring that to them.

    “I know there’s that creative hub in all of those cities. There is a creative part of Newcastle and with Ouseburn doing so well with new things opening up there you can tell there’s a want for it.

    “When we did Edinburgh it was our first ever event there and there were over 1,900 people turn up, which was amazing for a first time in a city.”

    Over 80 sellers are set to be in attendance on Sunday, April 28, between 11am and 5pm within the spacious 20,000 square feet of the Eagles community arena. Some sellers will be local, while others travel to Clothes Cycle Markets across the country.

    The market prides itself in curating the largest collection of 1000s of unique garments and accessories that are not just trendy but environmentally responsible. The mission is to make sustainable fashion accessible to everyone, proving that everyone can look fantastic without harming the planet or their wallet.

    Poppy added: “It’s super exciting to be bringing something to my home city which is different and I know people will love.”

    During the event there will be the opportunity to take part in an all-day clothing swap. DJs will provide live music throughout the day and attendees can take a break from shopping to get their nails done or have a tooth gem fitted. Street food traders and a fully licensed bar also on site, as well as a ‘Maker’s Corner’.

    Tickets can be purchased through this link or purchased at the door for a cost of £5.

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