The clothing brand suffered during the lockdowns when its Portobello Market stall was closed and shows were postponed. Overheads for the building meant keeping the cafe going was tough and in the end, MAP launched its own fundraiser to save the building.
MAP’s emphasis on collaboration as opposed to maximising profits is increasingly rare. Having spaces where creatives can try out their ideas, whilst working with wider established promoters is invaluable and MAP seeks to provide an accessible platform that showcases all entry points and generations.
The night is a time of creation for many and the cafe at MAP is now open until 11pm every evening in order to share the space with the local community for as long as possible. Oscar and Niall are excited to keep growing the community of MAP artists, creatives and likeminded people. They are also keen to platform this country’s skills in manufacturing, while leaving a smaller carbon footprint behind.
What does the future of nightlife looks like? I feel it is currently uncertain in London after covid and due to harsher measures on curfews. However, the desire for nightlife is not going away. Wherever it ends up, we will always want to be a part of it.
Any parting wisdom from the MAP crew? Love thy neighbour as thy togs.
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