Absolutely nothing to do with Alexander McQueen, this Beech Road gem is one of the city’s best purveyors of independent British and Scandinavian brands. Stocking stylish garbs by the likes of The White Pepper, Native Youth, Sol Sana and Antiform, it’s worth heading to the suburb of Chorlton (or nearby Didsbury Village, where it’s sister shop lies) for a well-earned respite from the busy city centre.
At the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if you’re seeking for something colourful and quirky, look no further than Thunder Egg, situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Women’s clothing is the focus in this alternative boutique, although they do sell a range of homewares and gifts. Contemporary brands such as Lazy Oaf, Trollied Dolly and Run & Fly offer a carefully curated selection of printed dresses, slogan T-shirts and cosy knitwear; helping you select the perfect outfit for day or for night.
Thunder Egg, 22 Oldham Street, UK, +44 161 235 0606