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Leeds Guide, Jan 2006 review of Cracker
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January 2006

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Your retail hit for the New Year
The excitement of Christmas has worn off and the sale tags are swinging in the shops, but don't feel too fed up as there are a good few new independents to investigate. Got Snow in the Corn Exchange has recently opened and promises to cater to your extreme side, with plenty of snowboards and winter gear for sporty types. Across the dome you've got Fabric Junkie, a dinky and faintly-lit shop rammed with retro and vintage pieces as well as customised tops, bits of jewellery and accessories dotted around the joint. It's a real treasure trove and a great place to pick up oneoffs and, more crucially for this time of year, the prices are very reasonable. Outside the Corn Exchange head over to the Thornton's Arcade where you'll find No.15, a great new boutique run by two former Harvey Nichols personal shoppers, Norma and Sharon. They've sou reed some great and little-known labels including Margo London, Buba and London Denim - names that you'll be hard pushed to find outside London making them an ideal place to find unique outfits for New Year shindigs, or for fulfilling your New Year's resolution to find a great ensemble for those job interviews you might be hoping to get.
If the hustle and bustle of town is too much, hop on the train to serene Salts Mill, Saltaire and take a look at Kath Libbert's latest jewellery exhibition Cracker. The show pulls together the work of 19 designers and artists from all over the UK and overseas. Expect to find old china, hand crocheting, knitted wire, jumper sleeves and Sari's as they're all used in imaginative ways to create collectable, quirky brooches, rings and neckpieces. Naomi Sheppard's silver and gold brooches (pictured) twist into your clothes, don't even need to be fastened and would look fab on your winter coats and woollies. Cracker runs until the 29th January, call 01274 599 790 for more details. VB

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm. Weekends 10am - 6pm. Email:info@kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk