MM looks at the top brands dominating the burgeoning fashion scene in Manchester

Manchester is known for being uniquely different and doing things its own way. It has everything from historical buildings, stunning architecture and iconic music – but it’s the fashion scene that is dominating right now.

There are many individual stores and boutiques that do play a role in keeping the city fashionably diverse and inimitable. Rockers England, which was established in 2003, is located in the heart of the lively Northern Quarter and sells rock ‘n’ roll clothing and accessories for cool guys and rockin’ gals.

Afflecks, which is best described in their own words as “an emporium of eclecticism, a totem of indie commerce” is a fantastic place to shop for anything from hats to tattoos.

Meanwhile, Pop Boutique, which began in 1985, is perfect for everyone who love all things vintage. The store is full of carefully handpicked vintage clothing and has a very green agenda ensuring no clothes go to waste.

And now Manchester’s fashion scene is growing gradually but progressively. Home to many world-famous brands like Boohoo, Missguided, Manière De Voir and Lavish Alice.

Manchester, you could say, is dominating online shopping.

Nevertheless, that does not mean the city is lacking on physical shopping, with high end haute couture and designer shops like Armani, Mulberry, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton all becoming a staple in central Manchester.

Most recently the Swedish fashion brand Monki, which merges Scandinavian and Asian street style, has opened its doors to Mancunians in Manchester Arndale.

According to The Business Desk, property firms intu and M&G Real Estate, who are the co-operative owners of Manchester Arndale, have “announced that the designer fashion brand Tessuti will be opening at the centre near the menswear store Scotts, which is said to be relocating to a larger space.”

The brand will be stocking high end premium names, many of which have not been seen in Arndale before. Some of these include Polo Ralph Lauren, Love Moschino, and Marbek.

Scotts will be increasing their own athleisure stimulated proposition, showcasing brands like Fred Perry and Tommy Hilfiger. This comes after Ralph Lauren opened its first store in Manchester on Cathedral Street this summer.

The contemporary fashion brand Cos has recently confirmed that it will be taking over a building in St Ann’s Square. The brand is part of the H&M Group and is ideal for those who want current, practical, well-thought-out design.

They offer reinvented classics and wardrobe essentials and aim to produce pieces that are made to last beyond the season with their traditional methods and new techniques merging to form timeless, minimalist collections.

It might soon be hard to keep up with Manchester’s burgeoning fashion scene at this rate…

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