10 clothing boutiques to check out as the shops reopen
There’s more to shopping in Manchester than just the big Primark, after all.
After an incredibly long few months of clothing shops being closed, Manchester’s high street will finally reopen on April 12.
I’m sure many people are already geared up for their first post-lockdown shopping trip, whether it’s a visit to The Trafford Centre or stocking up on Primark’s latest offerings.
But there is much more to Manchester’s shopping scene than these big-name brands – the city is filled with hidden gems that will also be welcoming back customers on Monday.
If you’re looking to shop somewhere new while supporting local businesses, we’ve got just the list for you.
Here are some of our favourite independent clothing boutiques in Greater Manchester that you’ll be able to visit from April 12.
McQueen Independent has been a staple of Manchester’s high street since 1994, offering a variety of colourful and creative garments with a personal touch.
Owners have curated a collection of lesser-known labels to build a lasting wardrobe for customers, plus these stylish pieces are also sustainable.
Where to find them:54 Beech Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21 9EG https://mcqueenindependent.com/
If you’re sick and tired of your existing wardrobe, this secondhand clothing hotspot will be your go-to location for discovering some fresh new pieces.
Lief operates a
swap shop to find new homes for your old clothes, as well as selling many quirky and artistic pieces from independent makers.
Where to find them:52 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW https://www.instagram.com/shoplief/
Read more about Lief
Old Town General Store
Old Town General Store is one of the newest additions to grace Stockport’s high street – offering trendy and high quality items with a hint of luxury.
The brand offers an incredible variety; stocking many fan-favourite brands as well as newcomers.
Owner Tony’s 30 years of retail experience will definitely put you in good stead.
Where to find them:24 Lower Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 1JE https://www.oldtowngeneralstore.co.uk/
Newly launched in February 2021, Mockingbirds is Withington’s trendiest boutique catering to all tastes, styles and needs.
This is a clothing store that isn’t afraid to step out of the ‘comfort zone’ with bold colours and designs – and it appears like there’s something here for everyone.
Where to find them:481-483 Wilmslow Road, Withington, M20 4AN https://mockingbirdsfashion.com/
There’s no better place to embrace the iconic Mancunian street style than with this boutique, which offers premium hand-picked vintage and modern clothing.
Bionic Seven covers all of menswear musts – from authentic Levis to Burberry and everything in between.
Where to find them:60 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ https://bionicseven.com/
Fallow Garms is helping to style out residents in South Manchester – pioneered by local students living in Fallowfield.
pop-up shops in Haus will be returning from April 12, helping you fit in perfectly on the streets of Fallowfield in authentic clobber.
Where to find them: https://www.instagram.com/fallowgarms/
Read more about Fallow Garms
Established in 1995, Abayas is the pioneer of stylish Islamic and modest clothing.
The brand has its finger right on the pulse of what’s trendy, showing that “conformity to Islamic guidelines need not compromise on elegance and style.”
Where to find them:7 Grandale Street, Rusholme, M14 5WS https://abayasboutique.com/
This glamorous and girly boutique isn’t afraid to push the boat out with adventurous but still incredibly on-trend pieces.
Whether you’re looking to make a statement in a faux leather coat or embrace your inner 70s with a fringed jacket, Eternal Envy will be your one-stop-shop for any spring wardrobe essentials.
Where to find them:73 Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1RD http://www.eternalenvy.com/
If you’re not afraid to have some fun with your fashion, this quirky and retro boutique is for you.
The store has become a staple of the Northern Quarter with energetic and vintage-inspired pieces, offering everything from pastel rainbow crochet shackets to cat print midi dresses.
Where to find them:52 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW https://thunderegg.co.uk/
Laundry B is helping Mancs transition from loungewear into regular going-out clothes with their variety of colourful and comfortable items.
The brand is incredibly meticulous about sourcing only the best items and brands, providing a modern selection that you can dress up or down.
Where to find them:15 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, WA14 1BN https://www.laundryb.com/
Chanel fashion show in Manchester brought a staggering £8m boost to the city
The total value of the massive Chanel fashion show in Manchester has been revealed, along with that the amount it cost in public money.
Early analysis of the global event, which saw Thomas Street in the
shut down and turned into a runway, suggests it generated a whopping £8m impact for the local economy. Northern Quarter
And it’s estimated that the value it’s had for the city overall through national and international media coverage will be worth at least £100m.
Chanel’s Metiers d’Art fashion show was held earlier this month and had the city in a flurry of excitement, with celebrities spotted including Hugh Grant, Tilda Swinton and Kristen Stewart.
They, along with names like
, Bugzy Malone and Alexa Chung, were seen leaving fancy hotels and partying at venues like Salford Lad’s Club and Victoria Baths. Aitch
And now Marketing Manchester has valued the direct impact of the 600
guests and staff for the show to be worth £8m in direct income. Chanel
That includes staying in hotels for three to four days, spending in the local economy while they were here, and other expenditure like venue hire.
Kristen Stewart front row at Chanel’s show in Manchester. Credit: Supplied
Road closures in the Northern Quarter for the Chanel fashion show
The Chanel show in Manchester is expected to attract even more investment, jobs and opportunities for Mancs too.
A main criticism of the show was how much it was costing the city to shut down one of its busiest streets for the week – the answer is nothing at all.
The council has confirmed that Chanel met all the associated costs, including cleaning, road closures, and recompensing the businesses affected by the event, with no cost to Manchester’s public purse.
In addition to that, 50 fashion students from Manchester Metropolitan University were invited to work backstage at the Chanel show, dressing models and supporting rehearsals.
Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig said: “The Chanel event is one of the highlights in the global fashion calendar and the choice of Manchester as the host city received international acclaim.
“But for us it was never about the glitz and glamour – events such as this help cement Manchester’s reputation on a global stage and come with both direct benefits, through the money spent within our economy while they are here but also indirect benefits by showcasing the city and helping to capture investment, jobs, visitors and attention, all of which open up opportunities for Manchester residents and communities.”
Victoria Braddock, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, said: “The scale of the impact of the Chanel Métiers d’art show in Manchester will be felt for years to come.
“The global media coverage of the event has put a spotlight on Manchester and its rich heritage in textiles and home of iconic music, which will drive conversations about the city and bring new visitors.
“The £8m economic impact is a welcome boost across accommodation, restaurants, and attractions, and demonstrates the importance of global events in the city.”
Featured image: Supplied
Sephora to open megastore at Manchester’s Trafford Centre next spring
Beauty fans rejoice – Sephora has finally announced plans to open a store in Manchester, and soon.
The world-famous retailer, which stops luxury skincare and makeup brands as well as cult items, has secured a spot in the
. Trafford Centre
This will be the third UK store for Sephora, which currently has two shops down in London.
And after a fair bit of teasing and plenty of rumours, they’ve confirmed that their next megastore will be right here in Greater Manchester.
The brand have shared an image of hoardings inside the Trafford Centre, plastered in Sephora’s black and white branding.
The signs read: “
, you called it. Our first Northern store in 2024.” Manchester
Sephora says it will ‘redefine the beauty landscape in the North with an extraordinary product range that caters to the diverse needs of beauty enthusiasts’.
Cult brands stocked at Sephora include Huda Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Glossier and Makeup by Mario.
Sephora wrote on
: “You heard correctly — Sephora is coming to the TRAFFORD CENTRE, MANCHESTER. Instagram
“Get your shopping baskets ready as we’re on our way up north! More to be revealed soon, see you in 2024…”
The Trafford Centre shared: “You asked, we listened! The wait is over….your @sephorauk opens late Spring 2024.”
Sarah Boyd, managing director of Sephora UK, said: “We are extremely excited to bring Sephora to Manchester, one of the most vibrant cities for beauty in the UK.
“Expanding our presence beyond London is something that consumers have been screaming out for, and we are listening hard to them when deciding where to go next.
“The Trafford Centre, known for its iconic atmosphere and diverse retail offering, is the perfect location for our third store.”
Russell Loveland, managing director at Pradera Lateral – Trafford Centre’s Asset Managers, said: “This iconic beauty giant already has a cult following, and our own social media has been blowing up with enquiries from excited customers eager for Sephora to open.
“We are very proud Sephora chose the Trafford Centre for its next location, which will be its first store in the North of England, and know it will be a fantastic success and a great addition to our strong international brand lineup.”
One person commented on Sephora’s Instagram post: “This is the best news I’ve heard all year!”
Another said: “OMG ITS HAPPENING, STAY CALM”
And someone wrote on Trafford Centre’s post: “Omg omg can’t wait.”
Featured image: Sephora