As well as attending Manchester in Fashion this weekend I have had a few spare hours to check out what shopping the city has to offer. I couldn't resist popping in to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols to check out what designer good were in offer (I'm particularly a fan of the handbags on the ground floor at Harvey Nichols) and I stepped in to the Arndale to check out Topshop. But other than the standard High Street stores I wanted to report back on the independent stores in Manchester which is why I headed to the Northern Quarter.
There you will find a great selection of reasonably priced vintage stores offering funky paisley print dresses, reworked vintage fabrics and retro handbags. Junk (2 Dale St, M1 1JW) offers pieces by upcoming designers and by their own brands (Junk Boutique, Jumble and Label of Love). They're all retro styles offering pieces for men and women.
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Next we checked out Oxfam Originals (51 Oldham St, M1 1JR) where I found a gorgeous Guatemalan belt and a funky bright yellow Christian LaCroix blazer. The items in this store are carefully selected offering genuine vintage items from 1950s onwards. These items are more carefully chosen than a standard Oxfam shop.
From there we headed to Pop Boutique (34-36 Oldham St, M1 1JN) which is always a fail-safe vintage store selling mens and womens clothes alongside classic homewares including a bamboo bar! There were funky pea coats, pretty Summer dresses and patent quilted handbags.
Retro Rehab (91 Oldham St, M4 1LW) is a great store for dedicated vintage fans. Here you will find genuine vintage dresses, blouses and accessories. These are not quite as mainstream pieces but instead classic items.
Next I decided to move away from vintage and headed down Deansgate to The General Store (7 Barton Arcade, M3 2BB). Started by the same people as All Saints this store offers designer style pieces for both men and women. I found it to be slightly hit and miss but fell completely in love with a nude colour dress.
Finally I walked up King Street where there is a choice of high-end High Street stores such as Jaeger, All Saints and Whistles alongside designer boutiques like Mulberry.
I think that Manchester is a great city to shop in and would strongly recommend it. A lot of money has been pumped in to the city in recent years and it's really paid off. There is a wide variety of shops and the items on offer and the people of Manchester has a very creative sense of style.