Shop Review: Mandors

Shop Name: Mandors

Address: 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6ST 


Do they sell online? Not currently 

Check out the ace Mr Potato Head costume in the window

Easy to get to?  
It's a minute's walk from Sauchiehall Street and a couple of minutes away from Cowcaddens underground station. Once you get there, there's a long ramp to the front door from the street.
Tartans! Well, we are in Scotland
Printed cord
What's the Shop like? 
There is a lot of fabric to look at - they really have a great range. This is the shop I would always recommend that visitors to Glasgow call at if they have only time to go to one place for fabric shopping. The selection can be a little overwhelming but there is nowhere in Glasgow to rival it in terms of the choice and quality of fabrics.
 Selection of plain and printed linings
 Ginghams of all types

Everything is labelled and organised. The organisation is by type of fabric (fleece, jersey, linings) but also there are sections organised by colour. This does help to negotiate their large range.

What can I buy there?
Fabric! Fabric! Fabric to suit every need. They have upholstery and quilting fabric at the front of the shop - these are not my areas of expertise so I won't go into details here. They also have a small section with wool from Bergere de France and Rowan and some novelty and baby yarns plus knitting accessories. It's handy to have these available but I wouldn't recommend it as a destination for wool.

What's the best thing to buy there?  
This is the place to go for quality fabric of all descriptions. It's the only place in Glasgow with a selection of Liberty fabric and they also carry Harris Tweed. When the season changes they bring relevant stock to the central area so it's easy to see what's new. My favourite thing about Mandors is that they always seem to have something new in stock. When I visited for this review they had pieces of leather on offer. They also have a good selection of remnants at £1 each or 10 pieces for £5 plus a rail with more expensive remnants.
 Harris Tweed
Liberty section

It's not the cheapest place to buy fabric and I have seen fabric sold here elsewhere in the city for a couple of quid less per metre. Because they do have lines which turn over seasonally, their sales are often good. I picked up some Liberty tana lawn for £4.99/metre recently.

Sum it up
They have a fantastic range of fabrics. It's not always the cheapest but if you can't find it here, you won't find it anywhere else in Glasgow.

This is one of a series of reviews of fabric and wool shops in Glasgow. See more here. All posts are independent and represent my own opinions.


  1. Mandors, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Seriously though this shop is fabulous although I was a bit disappointed when I went in about a month ago and saw that they hardly have any silk dupion now. They used to have rolls and rolls of all different colours but I suppose they have to go with what sells. It can be pretty pricey but it is worth it as they have a good selection. My spiritual home in Glasgow. :) xx

    1. I've never even looked at the silk section but that's a shame they don't have as much as they used to

  2. I've always wanted to got there since I've been reading your blog :)!

    1. Aw, I hope you enjoyed this virtual peek :)

  3. Oh I do love Mandors, although I have definitely learned never to go there looking for a particular thing (like black corduroy for instance), but just let the shop lead me!

    1. Funnily enough black corduroy is one of things I bought on sale there before I realised that the colour and shows up cat hairs perfectly and the slightly rough texture attracts cat hairs...

    2. Your comment had perfect timing with me. I was just about to look at some corduroy to make a skirt. I have a cat and a dog, so I think I'll be looking at some other fabric. I have given up on black no matter what kind of fabric it is.

  4. Oh how I love Mandors. I try to fit in a visit whenever I'm in Glasgow. I can easily spend an hour in there if left to my own devices.

    Thank you for your Glasgow fabric shopping series by the way. It has given me some new places to visit :)

    1. Glad to hear you've been finding it useful!

  5. I've heard you mention this place a lot on your blog. Wow this place is fabric heaven. I'm drooling over that sky blue Harris tweed.

    1. The Harris Tweed is lovely but pricey at about £30 per metre with narrow yardage. Eek!

  6. I definitely need to make a trip north to visit this place, I seem to hear so much about it. You're so lucky to have such a range to choose from!


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