Why You Shop Stop By Ink & Thread


Ink & Thread is a lovely little emporium that has called the beautiful Cathedral Quarter of Derby home since November 2011. Over the last few years the store has gone to great efforts to singularly stock items made in the UK by the small, the independent and the outstanding. Makers, designers, and creative companies from all over the British Isles are selected to fill Ink & Thread’s shelves, making the East Midlands-based shop a veritable haven for those shopping for unique treasures.

Here at YGT, we love a cute and creative store, especially the pluckier kind, that nestles between the competitive chains and corporate card shops of Britain’s city-centres with great resolve. Offering a wide range of useful and beautiful things, Ink & Thread works hard to showcase and support talented creatives and sellers who care about great design and how and where products are made. Admirable stuff.

The store also takes care to have a low impact on the environment. Living in a globalised and digital world of commerce, as we do, it’s sometimes tricky to minimise the carbon footprints of the products we make and sell online. Ink & Thread aims to sell items with low design and delivery miles, created by people that paid a fair wage both in the shop and via their website.

First and foremost Ink & Thread is about colour, bright, bold design and items which have been well designed and well made by talented people. The shop’s sandwich board, hand-decorated by Jason Booth & Rosie McAdam, stands outside in the Strand Arcade, sharing this fantastic ethos, as well as Ink & Thread’s proud support of local talent with passers-by.

We highly recommend you pop in to learn more about Ink & Thread’s mission, its products, and perhaps to pick up a treat for yourself and snap a few photos of the decidedly beautiful shop and its contents. From cards to gorgeous stationery, furniture to homeware, you’ll find only great design and British-made items at Ink & Thread.

Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm

28 The Strand, Derby DE1 1BE

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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth