Conveniently located right next door to Retro Rehab, Rockers is the place to head for rock ‘n’ roll lovers. Don’t be put off by their niche window displays; even those with just a passing interest in 1950’s style and culture are welcome here, with slogan T-shirts and tote bags available for those who aren’t convinced by wiggle dresses and creepers. Embrace the look by opting for a colourful petticoat or vintage leather jacket, or simply go for a cool patch to sew onto a bag.
Rockers, 89 Oldham St, Manchester +44 161 839 9202
Afflecks, 52 Church Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, +44 (0)161 839 0718
Originally opening its doors in Leeds (alongside a successful wholesale business), Blue Rinse also calls Manchester’s Oldham Street home. Rather than simply flogging foraged vintage gems, Blue Rinse go one step further and create wearable, contemporary clothes using vintage material and reworked garments. Think 1980s jeans hacked off into hot-pants and ill-fitting dresses transformed into flattering nineties-inspired slips. Catering to both men and women, the emphasis is on styles from the last two decades of the 20th Century with a focus on American casual wear. Head here for denim, checked shirts, sports jackets and floral frocks.
Blue Rinse, 21-23 Oldham Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, +44 (0)161 834 7877
This beloved family-run store has been a destination in the Northern Quarter for over one hundred years, providing art supplies for Manchester’s creative residents. The store is now cavernous, with the upstairs focusing primarily on stationary and gifts, whilst the downstairs contains the city’s largest collection of arts and crafts paraphernalia. Even if you’re not particularly crafty, it’s a treasure trove to explore, and taking your picture in the photo-booth makes a great memento of your day.
Fred Aldous, 37 Lever St, Manchester +44 161 236 4224