Case Study

General Store Deansgate

General Store is a collective retail venture for the brands Ringspun, Elvis Jesus, Bolongaro Trevor & Buddhist Punk, located in the historic Barton Arcade in Manchester. MRA designed and project managed this new concept from first sketches to handover. We translated the client’s street wear design aesthetic into a dramatic fashion backdrop. Taking our cue from the intricate wrought iron facade of this late 19th century building, MRA designed a bespoke metal framed staircase and hanging display system. Left in their raw iron finish these pieces strongly underlined the store’s brand values. With attention to fine detail, MRA sourced antique cupboards, and wrought iron pieces and reinvented them as product display. On completion of this project the clients requested a design bible to enable them to build further stores throughout the Far East.


General Store