By  on December 7, 2017

HONG KONG — Pop-up stores are all the rage. It’s made off-line retail a far more accessible channel for brands without big budgets. But as a favored format among young brands, it’s also made retail more accessible to burglaries and theft.

The point is something that Yen Kuok, founder of Guiltless, a Hong Kong-based second-hand luxury goods marketplace, was rudely awakened to when her brand’s first pop-up was targeted by thieves in a smash-and-grab attack on Monday. According to a police account, a team of four plundered 15 Hermès bags and one Yves Saint Laurent purse, valued at 1.44 million Hong Kong dollars, or $184,000, in under a minute.

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