Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Manchester Shopping Guide - Woodchip Boutique

This is the first of a new series of posts about great Manchester independent stores, bars, coffee shops and restaurants. We love our own little shop in Afflecks but there's lots of great places around The Northern Quarter that makes Manchester such a great place to be in - so we're spreading a little love by telling you about them....

The first shop we're profiling is Woodchip Boutique. A new addition to Third Floor Afflecks. We've known owners Donna and Kim for a few years now as they used to be our neighbors on Manchester Fashion Market (Tib Street, Saturdays) and I have a few beautiful Woodchip clothes in my wardrobe.

The shop sells a range of re-worked vintage dresses, vintage scarves, handbags, jewellery and accessories. With their sewing machine at the ready, they can make on-site alterations so if you fall in love with one of their dresses you can have it adjusted to the perfect fit or length while you wait - you don't get that at Topshop!!!

Using pretty painted wardrobes and vintage tea cups as displays with beautiful bird wallpaper it really is as pretty as a picture. It's definitely a shop for the girly girls and a great place to but really special presents.

But even better than the vintage treasures is the exclusive range of handmade leather bags, purses and accessories. Each item is a one-off and is made by hand in the shop from the softest leather in a range of designs, colours and sizes. It's great watching the girls while they work - if you've ever wanted to "know how" to make a bag, then 5 minutes of watching the experts will set you in the right direction.

So what would I buy?

The perfect summer dress - only £28 available online at Frooly.

And this cute handmade fabric Owl Bag, a perfect present for my friends birthday!!!

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