A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and decided I wanted to spend a day in Chorlton (just outside Manchester). I blame the launch of a cool new store, Object, for convincing me it was somewhere I had to visit. I enlisted a friend who lives in Manchester, and off we went.
Chorlton is not glamorously-named, but I found it’s a great place for wandering in and out of independent shops and there are plenty of options for eating and coffee.
Unfortunately we decided to go on a Monday, when some shops – including Object – close, but I’ve been sent a few snaps of the new store so I can take you inside anyway.
You may have read my post last year about the launch of Object Style online. Owner Rachael described it as a luxury concept store fusing minimalism and femininity.
Now Rachael has teamed up with her husband Alex Otterwell to launch the shop in Chorlton and as well as selling womenswear and homewares, they’re stocking menswear too. As with the online store, there’s a strong focus on season-less and transitional clothing; “think every-wear for every-day”, say the couple.
Object, which opened in September, will also hold evening workshops, including ring-making, macrame and visual story-telling.
Object Man will work with names like Baracuta and Paraboot, but also launch its own shirting brand, Otterwell. They will be the first UK store to showcase Portland-based knitwear brand Derhan and the first in Manchester to stock casual footwear brand The Wild Bunch.
Meanwhile, Object Woman will present an organic linen range, grown, designed and manufactured on a family-run farm in Lithuania.
The store will also stock hand-crafted jewellery by makers based in Ohio and Tel Aviv as well as a unisex rucksacks designed and made in Warsaw.
Many of the homewares – including ceramics, tableware and prints – have been sourced from Denmark. Closer to home, Object is the first northern stockist of the iconic hand-woven blankets made by British textile designer Eleanor Pritchard.
Rachael and Alex also plan to curate a small collection of mid-century ornaments and vintage design classics including Anglepoise, Ercol and Conran.
The couple, who have hand-picked every item in the store, said: “We purposefully avoid large trade shows, preferring to seek out the brands we want to work with independently.
“Where possible we try to travel to see each designer’s collection in person and only choose pieces we would wear ourselves or have in our home.”
Need to know
- Object is at 519 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8AQ
Photos by Lucy Sugden-Smith and reproduced with permission.