Cow Vintage = my favourite vintage shop. Nestled near M&S in the row of stores behind the buses in Piccadilly gardens, Cow is, in itself, a hidden gem – a brilliant vintage clothing store specialising mostly in items from the 80s. Heading inside you’ll notice the bright, clean interior, rails upon rails of neatly categorized clothes, and the friendly staff – always willing to help. The first time you go in, you might be overwhelmed by the vast amount of stock they have, and you’ll need a spare hour or more to have a really good look around inside. Some of my best ever buys are from Cow, and on Thursday I found three great items: a playsuit, a dress and a jumper. So far this year I have had 14 items from Cow; each unique and like nothing I’ve ever had before. My Cow obsession started at Christmas when I was bought two light-weight knit 80s jumpers and a fantastic fitted jacket with a military feel. Since then, every time I shop in Manchester I have to visit Cow and I always exit with a great new purchase (or more than one!) Cow is one of those places that is effortlessly cool – from the laid back vintage outfits of the staff to the bright yellow bags emblazoned with the word “COW” in bold black letters.
Cow doesn’t just do womenswear; and they have a great selection of men’s t-shirts, checked shirts, barbour jackets, jeans, boots and woolly jumpers/cardigans (hence me buying James a green cardigan from Cow for his birthday – see previous post “Impulse buys: the good and the bad”).
There are Cow shops in Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield as well as in Manchester; and the exact location of these can be found on the Cow blog: http://www.wearecow.blogspot.com – which can also be found on my Blogroll under ‘Cow Vintage’. The Cow website: http://www.wearecow.com, is being fully launched later this year, and though I’m not sure yet whether it will be possible to buy online, it will definitely be worth a look.
A quote from someone I introduced to Cow on Thursday;
“I was dead impressed with that place. I’m definitely going again.”