What’s now known as Manchester’s Northern Quarter was traditionally home to its garment district, so it’s fitting that the area’s become a Mecca for quirky-clothes shoppers of both sexes. These days the district’s brimming over with vintage outlets but, for me, one of the first takes some beating: bold and breezy Pop Boutique on Oldham Street.
Like the best high street stores Pop has a distinctive and reliable house style; so if you’re after wearable, fun classics from the 60s to the 80s you can rest assured it’s worth diving into its dress, knitwear and separates rails. Unlike many less-established competitors Pop won’t waste your time with garments that look worn, or are just plain old rather than vintage, and if the fabric’s great but the style needs updating they’ll create a whole new dress, pinafore or skirt from it.
Most excitingly for me, Pop’s one of the few vintage shops in the city with a (sadly shrinking) dedicated homeware section, stocking spike-legged coffee tables and far-out 60s glassware and the kitsch-est of 70s kitchenware. The shop also has extensive menswear and accessories sections and there’s even an in-store barber, should you suddenly need some quiffage to go with your new 501s.