Shoppers will soon be able to pick up designer items on a rental basis from Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.
The luxury retail destination will be hosting a pop-up shop from By Rotation, an app that allows people to rent, lend and buy fashion items for a fraction of the retail price.
It will be the brand’s first pop-up outside London and is set to land here in the north west next week.
It’s also the first such standalone rental space for McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks.
Visitors will be able to browse and try on items from the likes of The Vampire’s Wife, Ganni, Jacquemus, Zimmermann, Rat&Boa and Rixo, before booking them through the app for special occasions like a birthday dinner, a wedding, or just a night out.
Shoppers can then complete their looks with accessories from the permanent shops at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, such as Coach, Mulberry, Furla, Kate Spade, Pinko, Kurt Geiger and Burberry.
By Rotation has more than 300,000 users, which it says includes students, professors, lawyers, A-listers, celebrities and even royals.
It allows shoppers to wear special designer items at a fraction of the retail price, and allows those who own luxury items to monetise their own wardrobes.
The pop-up will have a collection of more than 150 items selected by the app’s top ‘rotators’.
By Rotation founder and CEO Eshita Kabra Davies said: “After many successful pop-ups in London, we’re so excited to be popping up in Cheshire Oaks and having a physical presence regionally.
“Our 300K strong community is based all over the UK so I can’t wait to meet our local Rotators as well as introduce our platform to new users. By Rotation is about making luxury fashion available to all, something we and McArthurGlen both have in common.”
Kenny Murray, general manager at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet said: “Creating unparalleled shopping experiences for Centre guests and the wider community is a priority for us.
“This is why we are so excited to work with such an innovative and meaningful brand as By Rotation, which reflects our own ambitions of creating more sustainable and affordable fashion choices for customers.
“We hope that the partnership will bring together both communities to connect, share and discover even more brands in-centre.”
By Rotation’s pop-up space will open at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet on Friday 22 July, and shoppers can browse and try on items available to rent in the app until 31 July.
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Popular Manchester lifestyle store Form to celebrate its birthday with FREE goodie bags this weekend
A little independent lifestyle store tucked away on Northern Quarter side street is marking a milestone birthday this weekend.
And there’s freebies up for grabs for 20 lucky shoppers.
It’s been six years since Form Lifestyle Store moved into its unique space on the hidden Bradley Street, just around the corner from the bustling Stevenson Square, and what a six years its been – so, in a bid to properly mark the occasion, the small independent business is planning to thank customers for their support with a day of celebrations this weekend.
The first 20 shoppers who head on down to the Northern Quarter store tomorrow (30 September) will be given a free goody bag full of handmade items and thoughtfully-made goods.
Form says these items “embody the belief” it’s always held of supporting independent makers.
The shop will be open from 11am to 5pm tomorrow, and is inviting all customers – both returning and new – to join for the celebrations.
As well as the birthday celebrations, some new arrivals from independent makers will also be on show for the first time, and Form’s long-awaited ‘Found Forms’ collection of vintage and pre-loved homewares will also be making their way onto the shelves.
This means that anyone visiting on Saturday will have first dibs on these treasures too.
While you’re feasting your eyes on the stunning collection of homewares and lifestyle goods, there’ll also be an actual feast, as Form has organised for there to be a wide range of refreshments from local businesses on offer for shoppers to tuck into.
Remaining true to its ethos of “supporting small”, you can expect natural wine from Isca, and locally-brewed Kombucha from Laid Bear, as well as tasty handmade baked treats from The Palms Bakery and Companio.
“We’ve been in our beautiful space for six years now and we’d love for our customers to join us in the shop for a little celebration,” said Form’s founder Elly ahead of the milestone event tomorrow.
“If you’re a regular customer, one of our makers, someone who hasn’t visited in years, or someone who has never quite found our hidden little street, we’d love for you to join us”.
If you’re keen to join the celebrations, you’ll want to head on down to Form Lifestyle Store on Bradley Street in the Northern Quarter tomorrow from 11am.
You can find out more about the little gem of a shop here.
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These three Greater Manchester Wilko stores are reopening as Poundlands this weekend
The first 10 Wilko stores to start new lives as Poundlands are reopening this weekend, and three of them are in Greater Manchester.
We all know by now that it’s been a turbulent couple of weeks for Wilko after it entered administration earlier last month, but after it was sadly announced back on 11 September that all of the retailer’s outlets across the UK would be forced to close, leaving around 12,500 jobs at risk, a glimmer of hope was offered.
And that glimmer of hope was that several dozen stores had been saved.
Only, they wouldn’t be remaining under the Wilko name, as they’d be reopening as another popular bargain retailer instead, and that’s because Pepco Group – the company which owns Poundland in the UK – managed to strike a deal with Wilko administrators PwC to take control of up to 71 store leases.
With lease assignments expected to be completed in the coming weeks, according to Pepco, this meant that the some 71 stores would join Poundland’s existing 800-plus UK outlets before 2023 is out.
Pepco Group published the full list of stores set for conversion earlier this month, and also confirmed it would be offering employment some of Wilko’s former employees – with it being good news for six Greater Manchester sites.
Altrincham, Bolton, Eccles, Sale, Leigh, and Stockport were confirmed to be the region’s towns set to get themselves a new Poundland, and Poundland added that it intends to convert the stores over to its brand “as soon as is practical”.
It turns out that window of practicality has arrived this weekend for three of those confirmed sites.
Among the 10 former Wilko branches across the UK that are set to start a new chapter and begin lives as Poundlands this weekend are sites at The Peel Centre in Stockport, The Mall in Eccles, and on Lord Street in Leigh.
It’s expected that dates for the new round of Poundland conversions will be announced in due course, as will news from PwC about the other deals it has struck for the Wilko name to live on.
You may remember that administrators had previously struck a deal for fellow discount chain B&M to buy 51 other Wilko stores, while another high street chain, The Range, had also confirmed a last-minute deal to buy Wilko’s brand last month.