Our Handmade Collective is a collection of 21 local designer makers that have been brought together into one shop by co-founders Claire Riley and Natalie Entwistle. Our Handmade Collective is a Handmade Handpicked Total Gift Shopping Experience. The shop takes up a portion of the upstairs Art & Craft area, but there is so much more inside Handpicked Hall, including Fashion and Vintage and an amazing local food court.
The concept of Handpicked Hall was first introduced by Anthony Blackburn to Ripon. He has since opened a successful Handpicked Hall in Skipton (next to the bus station) and now in the Grand Arcade in Leeds. In their own words Handpicked Hall’s philosophy is simple,
- To give local independent businesses the chance to trade in high profile town and city centre locations at affordable rates.
- To provide a “first-step” for start-up businesses, giving them the chance to sell and promote their products on the high street, before perhaps investing in a shop of their own.
- With an unique opportunity to occupy premium retail space in a high profile location with easy access, regular footfall.
It is a great opportunity for fledgling businesses to come together under one supportive umbrella. It also provides the customer with great convenience as there is a wide variety of products available for them to buy without having to trail around boutiques, galleries and fairs. The Leeds List recently wrote about the opening of Handpicked Hall on their website and featured this great photograph by Ollievision Photography of us upstairs in Our Handmade Collective.
I hope you visit soon and see for yourself how great Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Leeds is. Don’t forget to pop upstairs (there is a lift) to see us in Our Handmade Collective, the Opening Hours are below.