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shop ’til you drop

i know i have a few other shop local blog posts up, but thought it would be great to compile my definitive - and ever-growing - list in one central space, to serve as a directory of my favourite independent artisans, curators, makers (and shakers) in the city. this list comprises all the physical bricks-and-mortar stores that i love, with ...
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design & elevate

i met romulus sim, aka studio romuu, at foundation coffee house in the centre of manchester's northern quarter, during the first week of his debut print exhibition there. specialising in line drawings that celebrate architectural elevations, detail and geometry, all of the pieces rom has on display have been inspired by his first-hand experience of the buildings, both from a ...
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back to local

it's almost black friday, and the supposed 'biggest shopping day of the year.' except the reality is that such heavy discounting over just one day - or week ('black fivedays' is the new buzzword apparently) - can spell disaster for small independent stores, as customers hold fire on making purchases for christmas during november, expecting heavily discounted products to hit the ...
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nordic musings

i first met jenny maxwell, founder of minimalist contemporary jewellery brand nordic muse, when she was manning her stall at a monthly northern quarter maker’s market last year. i was immediately drawn in by her stylish designs; all clean-lined, contemporary and decidedly nordic. i bought a couple of pieces - a pair of earrings and a long necklace with a ...
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welcome inside

i'm baaack! apologies for the (not entirely planned) extended hiatus. i'll explain more shortly, but i wanted to start back with exciting news from one of my favourite london interior design destinations, as it's been all change over in turnell park lately! well, that's not entirely true. the store still has a defined focus on relaxed modern interiors and lifestyles, ...
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make your mark

i first met chris holden, co-founder of precision tool brand ajoto, at the launch party for form lifestyle store towards the tail end of last year and ever since then, i’ve been coveting one of the brand’s sleek bullet shaped pens. i’m not the only one. the brand, founded in 2011, has gone from strength-to-strength since then, garnering praise from ...
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