Mad for Manchester
By Jennifer Weatherhead I spent some time in England a couple of weeks ago and one of the best spots I visited had to be
Manchester. I loved the edge the city has and the rough and tumble vibe you get from the industrial northern hot spot. That edginess can be seen throughout Manchester — from the incredible music scene (you must take one night to hit up the local bars and pubs and check out the bands — it’s
the breeding ground for amazing Brit acts), to the gritty football fans (pick a side, Man United or Man City), to the in-your-face fashion. Manchurians are not afraid to show their personality with vintage finds, flashy designer duds (prints, leathers and bling rule the designer racks at
Harvey Nichols), High Street fashions and notice-me makeup (the makeup pros at Harvey Nichols insisted that Shu Uemura’s silver metallic falsies are
totally suitable for the office — I think I’ll pass).
One of the best places to truly get a
Manchester shopping experience is in the Northern Quarter. Vintage shops dot the streets along with cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants. The most famous of all the vintage shops is Afflecks (an emporium of eclectic vintage and hand-made finds), but I found an amazing little shop called
Pop Boutique (they also have stores in
London and Liverpool). Here’s the gist … they take old vintage fabrics from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, cut them up and create new, modern shaped dresses, skirts, tops and bags. One of my fave pieces was a tweed and leather messenger bag made from an old brown tweed suit and a leather bag. You can also find furniture, shoes, accessories and knick-knacks. And the dresses were super cute and adorable. Fun for summer, but you can also pair them with tights and a cardi come fall, just like the fashion-set in Manchester do.