By Janet Reeder
Manchester rocks when it comes to retail with its mixture of high street favourites, designer boutiques, cool independents and malls. Today it is one of the best shopping cities in the country, boasting designer names and independent boutiques in equal measure.
Manchester’s shops rival those in the capital and many of the high street brands have opened flagship stores in the city, like Uniqlo, which has opened its only store outside London on the former BHS site on Market Street, Next with its pizza and prosecco bar and Zara which commands four floors of merchandise at the Deansgate end of Market Street. New-ish additions for great shopping include Cos on St Ann’s Square, Mango on Market Street and Hatch, a retail and dining space on Oxford Road.
Selfridges at Exchange Square is dedicated to fashion and beauty and the second floor is where the well heeled head to pick up prestigious labels such as Victoria Beckham, Diane Von Furstenberg, Balenciagia and Roland Mouret. There’s a fabulous shoe boutique stocked with footwear from Gucci, Kurt Geiger, Louboutin, Malone Souliers, Valentino, YSL and Dolce & Gabbana.
The third floor has French chic by Claudie Pierlot, Maje and The Kooples as well as favourites, M&Co, Topshop, Ted Baker and All Saints. Other concessions here include, Gestutz, Ganni, Lavish Alice, See by Chloe and Self Portrait. The menswear on the first floor includes Ralph Lauren and Ted Baker, while the ground floor has Tiffany, Mulberry, Chanel, YSL, and Louis Vuitton amongst its mini-boutiques. There is also a Selfridges store at The Trafford Centre.
This is where the well heeled head to pick up prestigious labels such as Victoria Beckham, Diane Von Furstenberg, Balenciagia and Roland Moure
Over at Harvey Nichols there’s more upscale fashion, including for women Amanda Wakeley and shoes by Charlotte Olympia and for men, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. The store also fulfils any shopper’s culinary curiosity with its food market on the second floor.
Designer shopping can be found at the Deansgate end of the city with boutique stores like Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Burberry, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren and Ugg on New Cathedral Street.