One thing I absolutely love about living in Manchester – and also hate as it’s a killer to the purse – is the amazing selection of art inspired shops. Not just art inspired I guess, there are so many that specialise in creative literature and resources, quirky gifts, and international fashion magazines you can only usually purchase online. Those of you will the city will be familiar with the two names of my very favorites – Fred Aldous and Magma! I can hear you arty types sigh with fond thoughts of these stores…
Last weekend is a perfect example of how enjoyable these art ‘homes’ can be. I spent at least an hour in Fred Aldous yet only went in for a large sketchbook/scrap book (a really nice, hard back, wire bound A3 book with luxury quality thick cream paper) There is nothing more I enjoy than Sunday mornings in bed doing a bit of inspiration mood boards in a good old sketch book!
However, I found myself wandering around Fred Aldous for a whole hour, admiring all the cards, stationary, crafts, paints, coloured papers, frames, interior pieces…. I even loiter around the business card board taking photos of potential creatives I might ‘one day’ work with!
My second love is Magma, maybe a bit more popular amongst a wider audience as it’s a great place for those book geeks as well as fashionable, creative folk. If you want copies of Italian Vogue, along with Frankie magazine, LOVE or Daze & Confused, it’s the place to head to. It has the largest collections of design guides for everything you can think of – fashion design, graphic design, interior design, web design… if your a creative then you won’t leave here empty handed. I am loving the clean and classic range of Magma Sketchbooks launched, a very simple one colour front cover book filled with figures so you sketch away garments onto figure drawings. Another favourite Sunday task of mine.
And also, one last point, if you chose to check out these little gems, you are right in the Northern Quarter as you will find these fab stores around Stevenson Square and Oldham Street in the city center. So you are also very near my favourite place, Moose Coffee, which I have previously blogged about on here! This was my lunch version below, instead of my usual breakfast, which consisted of pulled pork and coleslaw on a brioche bun and salad. Oh and a mocha with mountains of whipped cream. Amaze. That’s all there is to say!