Manchester city centre is renowned for its shopping but can seem strongest on high street names and established labels, from sports brands to seriously high-end designers. Dig a bit deeper though and the city’s retail landscape reveals some quirky corners, with Oldham Street’s Thunderegg a veritable treasure trove of kooky finds.
The shop’s two floors brim over with vivid colours and retro- and Japanese-style prints, plastered across clothes, bags and accessories. Stylised fruit and animal designs jostle with Hello Kitty, Paul Frank, the Moomins and all your favourite cartoon and comic characters, alongside an equally large retro clothing range in stripes and ice cream shades.
Much of Thunderegg’s stock is a modern take on retro style, and its youthful clothes are complemented by eye-catching jewellery, accessories and knick-knacks that should appeal to a broader age range. Recent highlights have included rockabilly chic from Brighton’s Get Cutie clothing label and 60s style icon Celia Birtwell’s current homeware range.
Prices are crazily reasonable, and I seem to be unable to leave empty-handed. So when you’re done with the Northern Quarter’s plethora of vintage head for this Aladdin’s Cave, and lose yourself in a riot of repro.