Manchester is one of England’s most vibrant, fashionable and culturally exciting cities.
Second only to London in terms of style and culture, Manchester is probably most famous for its music. Think “Madchester” in the 80s and all those indie bands in the 90s.
It’s also become something of a fashion mecca. Numerous up-and-coming designers are emerging from institutions such as the University of Salford and the Manchester School of Art.
In the digital age, Manchester’s fashion status has been cemented by blogs such as The Mancunianist (a Manchester play on The Sartorialist). The Mancunianist documents the city’s street style as it happens.
When A Suit That Fits opened its Manchester studio and appointed menswear advisor Andrew Varley as its manager, we knew we were venturing into interesting waters in terms of men’s and women’s suiting.
Manchester Fashion Week (known on social media as #MCRFW) happens annually in association with 5Fashion.co.uk. The Week hosts runway shows profiling the collections of Manchester’s high street stores, designers and emerging talent.
The purpose of the Fashion Week, according to its Facebook page, is to “support the sustainability of the education, development, and economy of Fashion in the North of the UK.” Bravo, we say!
This year’s event took place in April. It featured emerging and independent designers, and ended with a special, show-stopping presentation by acclaimed, Stockport-based designer Adnan Bayyat.
Where to shop in Manchester?
The best place to head for garments in Manchester is the Northern Quarter. Its cobbled streets are home to tons of vintage clothing stories and boutiques.
It’s also home to A Suit That Fits. You’re welcome to visit our style advisor Andrew Varley by booking an appointment through our website.
What are Manchester people wearing?
Manchester is a large, bustling city. Its residents are known for their polished, urban style.
Plenty of Mancunian boys go for the contemporary look of a slim fit suit. (Andrew assures us that this isn’t the only type of fit he tailors for his customers, however).
To look properly “Manchester,” consider purchasing a bespoke tailored suit and pairing it with a retro shirt, tie or tie-pin from one of the Northern Quarter’s many vintage stores. Check out one of Andrew’s creations below for inspiration.
Manchester’s Gallery of Costume
Besides shopping in the Northern Quarter and being measured for a bespoke suit, make sure you pay a visit to the Gallery of Costume in Manchester’s Platt Hall.
The collection is one of the largest clothing collections in the United Kingdom and contains clothes worn from the 17th century to today.
Get tailored in Manchester!
To start the process of creating your own bespoke tailored suit, book an appointment with Andrew.
He’ll talk to you about the kind of suit you’re looking for and help you design the perfect one.
Manchester is calling and it looks mad fashionable!