Located in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Oi Polloi has become somewhat of a Manchester institution, beloved of local lads. The comfortable yet stylish interior lends well to the area’s hipster aesthetic, encouraging the cool kids without alienating newcomers. You’ll find all of the hippest brands in the store, focusing on casual and outdoorsy clothing such as knitwear, T-shirts, denim, trainers and rucksacks by the likes of A.P.C, Fjallraven, Barbour, Woolrich and Pendleton. Head here for timeless, practical and stylish clothes with a subtle contemporary twist.
One of Manchester’s original fashion trail-blazers, Hervia Bazaar has been selling some of the most directional British designers since it first opened its doors in 1993. Famed for introducing the likes of Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood to the city, Hervia focuses on directional and fashion-conscious menswear with an urban aesthetic. If you’re looking to dress to impress, make Hervia your first port of call to discover garments by designers included Commes des Garçons, Gareth Pugh, Kenzo and Rick Owens.
Located on Deansgate, Intro brings together designer brands and independent labels to provide a one-stop location for Manchester’s male population. Covering everything from leather jackets and designer denim to affordable suiting and everyday smart shirts, Intro is the perfect place for picking up your everyday basics and workwear staples, as well as discovering something for a special occasion.
A recent opening in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Jutah Studios brings a collection of under-the-radar streetwear brands to the city centre, offering branded clothing that you wouldn’t find elsewhere. Promoting the hashtag #shopdifferently, Jutah is the perfect destination for those who see themselves as ahead of the crowds. Stocking both hidden gems and familiar brands, you’ll find the likes of Cheap Monday, Blackcraft Cult, Dolly Noire, Doomsday Society and Swallows & Daggers on their shelves.
If you’re looking for luxury, head to Spinningfields to spend several hours perusing the racks at the flagship Flannels shop. Although the store also sells womenswear, head straight up the stairs to the men’s floor and you’ll be confronted with an overwhelming array of both casual and formal clothing, footwear and accessories by leading contemporary brands including Paul Smith, Gucci and Moncler. There’s something for every man here (providing that you have the budget); if it’s suiting that you’re after, the dedicated tailoring department will help you get suited and booted, or if you’re more of a trainers man, this is the perfect place to get your kicks.