Sunday, 18 April 2010

Magic Number 3

Next door to Shimu on Victoria Road, Saltaire is the shop intriguingly named Magic Number 3. This started life as a delicatessen and café that sold wonderful arty things on the side. Now the shop specialises in stylish, ethical, fairly traded clothing and accessories - including Eloise Grey tweeds made from organic tweeds woven on the Scottish island of Mull. Accessories include shoes, bags, hats and scarves made from organic fibres and recycled materials - even belts made from recycled fire hoses!

At first glance the clothing looks very 'trendy', aimed perhaps at the younger generations, but in fact the high-quality clothing is beautifully styled and there are many pieces suitable for oldies like me! The shop also stocks a natural skincare range and a good selection of arts and crafts, many sourced locally. They currently have distinctive prints by artist/printmaker Clare Caulfield, and paintings by David Starley - both Saltaire residents; as well as constantly changing displays of ceramics, jewellery, photographs, and cards.

It's well-worth a browse - and a great place to hunt for a special gift for a discerning friend or relative.

(And by the way, Salts Walks, the guided walks round Saltaire, start from outside Magic Number 3 .... more about those soon).


  1. Nice shot. There is a lot to think about in the design and shape of those upper and lower windows. Very much of its time.

  2. We have fairtrade clothing/crafts shops dotted around Derbyshire, especially in the towns with Fairtrade status, but it's unusual to have a space which also combines skincare products and a gallery. Like it!

  3. Great building. I was thinking the name of the shop refers to the size of the clothes they carry, which would definitely take a bit of magic for me to fit into them! ~Lili


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