A global field guide to design, (life)style and secret finds
est. 2007
  1. A wee trip to Glasgow, Part 1


    The Maisonette
    Tucked away upstairs on Cresswell Lane, this relatively new addition to Glasgow’s shopping scene is a veritable crafty delight. The brainchild of local craft collective Made in the Shade, the boutique showcases a beautifully-edited selection of pieces by local designer-makers, as well as crafts from around the UK.



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    Look out for knitted creatures by ex-local Donna Wilson, screen-printed totes by Show Pony and 'pie girl' by The Cat In The Shoe. I loved Angharad Jefferson’s hand-embroidered cushions and framed artworks, which feature her own illustrations of UK TV soap legends as well as portraits of her old school teachers. 


    And for something a wee bit birdy, don’t miss Clare Nicolson’s vintage fabric lavender sachets, £7. I was also rather charmed by Ding Dong Design’s hand-knitted finger puppet – I spied Bjork in her legendary Marjan Pejoski swan frock, for £8.
    The Maisonette

    Upper Floor
    De Courcy’s Arcade
    Cresswell Lane G12 8AA
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Wednesday 10am-6pm
    Thursday 10am-7pm
    Friday to Saturday 10am-6pm
    Sunday noon-5pm

    W2 Store
    I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised and excited to stumble
    across W2 in the middle of vintage shop territory.


    The former Commes des
    Garcons guerilla shop has been reinvented as W2, stocking the likes of
    Margaret Howell and Adam Kimmel alongside quite a few of the Commes
    lines and Junya Watanabe. Keep an eye out for Commes wallets, fragrance
    and some lovely pieces from the PLAY line (I loved the cheery red and
    white polka dot macs). The shop's manager, David, is also really nice
    and welcoming, and extremely knowledgable about all things Commes. A
    real delight.
    W2 Store
    10 Ruthven Lane
    Glasgow G12 9BG
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 11am-6pm
    Sunday noon-5pm

    Starry Starry Night
    One of Glasgow's best vintage clothes shops, Starry Starry Night offers
    a vast selection of well-priced gear for both men and women.


    Best for
    glittery costume jewellery (I found some really lovely brooches) as
    well as vintage kilts (around £55) and argyle jackets (around £45).
    Starry Starry Night
    19–21 Dowanside Lane
    Glasgow G12 9BZ
    Tel. 0141 337 1837
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 10am–5.30pm

    This over-stuffed hoarders’ haven is more car-boot sale
    explosion than shop. But tiptoe carefully around some rather
    precariously-placed vintage wares, and you’ll find quite a few well-priced


    I managed to find some very sweet Danish Nymolle plates, as well
    as some old British children's annuals, postcards and a fantastic
    collection of vintage glassware. 
    Dowanside Lane
    Glasgow G12 9BZ
    Tel. 0141 341 0007

    Kember and Jones
    A cheery deli and cafe nestled in the heart of the West End, Kember and Jones is crammed with all sorts of foodie delights.


    The upstairs loft cafe boasts an impressive daily specials board with seasonal produce (the curried parsnip and apple soup was doing a roaring trade on my visit), alongside a hearty breakfast and lunch menu. I couldn't go past the heart-stopping display of cakes, especially the carrot cake with a generous slab of cream cheese icing. Drool.

    Kember and Jones
    134 Byres Road
    Glasgow G12 8TD
    Tel. 0141 337 3851

    Click here for a wee trip to Glasgow, Part 2.
    Click here for a wee trip to Glasgow, Part 3.

    • http://www.paperocket.blogspot.com selina

      oh how I wished I read this before going to Glasgow! what great finds! Especially The Maisonette. I’m emailing this to my friend who stays in Aberdeen. Reasons for her to visit Glasgow often

    • http://www.kibibidesigns.co.uk teresa

      As soon as I can I’m in the car and up to Glasgow, what great little shops you’ve found!

    • http://makedostyle.blogspot.com Make Do Style

      you’ve beaten me to Glasgow – great info xx

    • Sarah

      Thanks for another great Glasgow post, it takes me back to my student days there, cannot belive D’Courcy’s Arcade is still around it was a pretty eclectic place 15 years ago.

    • http://skirmishofwit.typepad.com/skirmish_of_wit/ skirmishofwit

      Oh, great post! I really want to pay a trip to Glasgow now!

    • http://www.deliciousindustries.blogspot.com Delicious Industries

      Wow, I’ve not been to Glasgow for years (all my mum’s family live there) and it looks like it’s changed a lot – great finds!

    • http://stylescanner.blogspot.com/ Style Scanner

      Think you nailed all of our crafty hotspots there…excellent homing instinct Wee Birdy!

    • http://basilexposition.wordpress.com Fionnuala

      The cakes at Kember and Jones look WONDERFUL!

    • http://thehouseonbloghill.blogspot.com Agatha

      A lovely post!
      I am Glaswegian myself – and you’ve really inspired me to visit all these new shops that I’ve passed so many times before but never visited.
      One place I did go to, though, was Kember & Jones. Every Wednesday I would pick up a slice of cake/pie to have for dessert after lunch to perk up my week.
      I hope you enjoyed Glasgow!

      Agatha x

    • http://www.stylebubble.co.uk susie_bubble

      Love the look of W2… wonder why I’ve never heard of it through the Kingdom of Style queens!

    • http://www.pookiesu.co.uk PookieSu

      Must plan a trip to Glasgow asap! These look like such lovely little shops! I love the styling and items on sale in The Maisonette, it’s been on my ‘to visit’ list for a while!! Great post!

    • http://conversationpieces.co.uk Zoe, Conversation Pieces

      Oh the Masionette looks amazing… me and my sis went to Glasgow at Xmas to go but they were shut due to flu 🙁
      You have to come to Edinburgh next time – I’ll shout you a cuppa 😉

    • http://www.bettyjoy.blogspot.com Lucia

      Wow! Think a trip to Glasgow is in order! What lovely shops and a lovely blog too:)

    • Carole

      I’ve lived in Glasgow for 5 years and it has to be said that I couldn’t have done it better myself. This is the number 1 collection/guide of things to do/places to see in Glasgow. You’ve even got ME excited about Glasgow and I live here! Picked up a few new places to noisy about in and everything. Thanks