If you’re a shopper but world wide clothing chains are not your (only) cup of tea, you are in the exact right place. Tampere does not fall behind Helsinki in the amount of local design stores, with the difference that in Tampere the boutiques are situated within a few minutes’ walking distance from each other. Also, in Tampere you’re likely to be buying a product straight from the designer!
The block between Hatanpään valtatie, Otavalankatu, Aleksanterinkatu and Verkatehtaankatu streets has been declared THE design district of Tampere. There are plenty of stores, but to mention one, MUKA VA Flagship Store is one of the rare stores in Finland that is owned by the designers themselves and sells carefully selected items of clothing, accessories and jewellery, as well as the owners’ own brand MUKA VA. From Finnish Designers Boutique Onemanband OMB you can find clothes, shoes, jewellery, hats, beanies and other accessories. All the products are designed in Finland and manufactured either in Finland or inside Europe. Also the Uhana flagship store on Verkatehtaankatu street is a must-visit for all design hunters.
Just a stone’s throw away (on the other side of Koskikeskus shopping mall) is Kehräsaari, where, among others, shoesmith Pihka and the shops Pikkuputiikit sell functional Tampere-based design. Pihka makes shoes, bags and accessories out of leather, and PikkuPutiikit concentrates on jewellery, accessories and pottery.
The design walk continues past Laukontori market place to the south end of Aleksis Kiven katu street, where you’ll find clothing store Seele. Its E’s stand for “esthetic, ecological and ethical design and clothing”.
Humbugi Asuste designs and makes unique clothing accessories that are mainly made of recycled and reused leather. Humbugi Asuste’s studio and showroom is situated in Hiedanranta, but you can find their products in Seele and Super Mukava.